NASHVILLE Michael B. Swain has been named a Leader in Banking Excellence. Swain was among three Tennessee bankers honored by the TBA at the Leaders in Banking Excellence ceremony on Thursday, Aug 15, where commemorative plaques highlighting the careers of each of the three honorees were unveiled at the TBA¹s headquarters building in Nashville.
Swain, who serves as president, CEO, and chairman of The First National Bank of Oneida, is among an elite group that represents Tennessee bankers past and present who have excelled in the areas of banking, community service, and civic involvement.
The ceremony featured remarks by TBA Chairman Jeff Agee, president and CEO, First Citizens National Bank, Dyersburg, and each of the three honorees. Honorees were: James "Jimmy" T. Cox, senior officer, First National Bank of Pulaski, Pulaski; Michael B. Swain, president, CEO, and chairman, The First National Bank of Oneida, Oneida; and Bradley L. Barrett, president, Tennessee Bankers Association, Nashville.
Oneida, Tennessee, native Mike Swain has spent 37 years as a committed community banker. He began his banking career in 1974 with Valley Fidelity Bank, Knoxville. Elected a director of The First National Bank of Oneida in 1975, Swain joined the bank full-time in 1977, subsequently rising to president, CEO, and chairman. He earned a BS degree from the University of Tennessee and completed the Graduate School of Banking of the South. He served as chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association, as director of the Federal Reserve Bank, Nashville, and member of the ABA BankPac Committee. Other activities include the Chamber of Commerce, Roane State Community College, Boy Scouts of America, Scott County Hospital, and the St Jude¹s Catholic Church parish council.
"Leaders in Banking Excellence is an initiative by the TBA to recognize and celebrate exceptional bankers throughout Tennessee¹s history," TBA Chairman Jeff Agee said. TBA-member banks can submit nominations for the honor. The TBA board of directors reviews and approves the applications.
"One of the main missions of the Tennessee Bankers Association is to encourage our members to be involved in making our industry better and in making their communities better places to work and live,² said Colin Barrett, TBA executive vice president. ³The Leaders in Banking Excellence recognizes those who have made a difference, and we hope it will be an inspiration to other bankers across the state."