Tennessee Bankers

The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit - 53 Bankers Graduate

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NASHVILLE – Fifty-three bankers recently completed requirements for graduation from the 2014 session of The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit (TSSCC) held in Nashville. The program is one of four Southeastern Schools sponsored by the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA).

The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit is an intensive one-week school that exposes students to the major issues consumer credit managers face on a daily basis.  The TBA conducts the school in cooperation with the bankers associations in Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  In addition to 44 bankers from Tennessee,  this year’s graduates included two bankers from Alabama, one from Georgia, two from Kentucky, and four from Mississippi

“The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit is a highly valuable school for consumer loan officers for banks of all sizes.   In addition to the comprehensive class curriculum, students have the opportunity to meet peers and develop professional friendships and relationships they will find beneficial throughout their careers,” said Michael G. Comer, chairman of TSSCC’s 2013-2014 board of trustees and executive vice president/chief operating officer, Citizens National Bank, Sevierville

Students finishing in the top 10 percent of the class are recognized through the school’s honors program.  Honor students for 2014 were:
• Aaron Duke, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smyrna, TN
• Shannon Evans, First Community Bank of East Tennessee, Rogersville, TN
• Sarah Hord, Volunteer State Bank, Portland, TN
• Jennifer Langford, First National Bank of Tennessee, Livingston, TN
• Brent Whaley, Sevier County Bank, Sevierville, TN

Honor students are selected on the basis of scores on the mid-term exam, final exam, and faculty and staff evaluation.

Established in 1987, The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit is designed  to increase banker knowledge of consumer lending as a retail banking function and a source of income for the bank.  It addresses the managerial aspect of consumer lending operations, especially how the bank’s loan portfolio can increase profitability and improve competitive position.  In addition, the program emphasizes the development of both administrative and human relations skills to equip students to manage bank assets and meet customers’ financial needs.

The school’s curriculum incorporates over 30 hours of classroom instruction in 14 courses arranged into five course clusters—Trends in Banking; Retail Credit Analysis and Underwriting: Direct Lending, Indirect Lending, and Open-End Credit; The Lending Process; Asset Management; and Managing Changes in Regulatory Compliance.

A list of the 53 graduates for the 2014 session of The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit follows.  It is arranged alphabetically by city.


The Tennessee Bankers Association is a not-for-profit organization representing Tennessee’s commercial banks and thrift institutions.  The association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions.  Visit us at our website, www.TNBankers.org.