Tennessee Bankers

Tennessee Banks and Bankers Honored for Consumer Education Efforts

For Immediate Release – August 11, 2015

Contact: T'Lanie Luu – Member Services Specialist and PEP Coordinator
E-mail - tluu@TNBankers.org
Phone - 615–244-4871
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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) Young Bankers Division recently honored outstanding banks and bankers for excellence in educating the public about personal finance, banking, and economics through the Personal Economics Program (PEP). 
 

Increasing financial literacy and fiscal responsibility is a mission that bankers take seriously.  The Young Bankers Division has been involved in these efforts in Tennessee since 1962 when they first launched an aggressive campaign to assist teachers in broadening the public understanding of banking.  From June 1, 2014, the beginning of the “PEP year,” through May 31, 2015, 411 volunteer bankers from 50 banks in Tennessee contacted 62,517 persons through 2,757 presentations to students from kindergarten through college, civic and business organizations, seniors groups, and other consumers to help them understand personal money management, the wise use of credit, identity theft, predatory lending, and other such issues.  The PEP awards are one way of bringing public recognition and awareness of the contributions these bankers make to their communities.

 

OUTSTANDING PEP BANKER AWARD

Tennessee’s 2014-2015 Outstanding PEP Banker Award was presented to Judi Molla, Citizens National Bank, Sevierville, TN.   This recognition is awarded to a Tennessee banker for superior educational contributions to the local community. Molla has handled Citizens National Bank’s financial literacy program since 2008, and in that time she has touched the lives of thousands of students and educators.  Through February of the 2014-2015 school year, Molla coordinated six Junior Achievement units and participated as a resource in the GPS Middle School workshop at MTSU, a program designed to assist middle school teachers with resources and approaches to teaching financial education.  For the past three years, she has managed a booth at the annual Jump$tart Conference to provide information and resources to high school teachers from across the state, and this year she also was a panelist in a workshop session discussing how banks can serve as an asset for personal finance teachers.

 

FINANCIAL LITERACY TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year Award is presented to a Tennessee teacher, at any level, for outstanding contributions to economic education.  This year’s winner was Amanda Thompson who teaches both Business and Virtual Enterprise at Pigeon Forge High School in Pigeon Forge, TN.  She was nominated by Citizens National Bank, Sevierville, and has been actively engaged with the bank’s financial literacy efforts in the school for five years.

Through the Virtual Enterprise course, students set up businesses, operate a website, and participate each year in a Virtual Enterprise Trade Show, where they compete by selling their products and services virtually. Thompson guides the students through the process.  She sets high standards and goals for the students and impresses upon them the importance of good work ethics.  Thompson works with the bankers at Citizens National to tie their classroom presentations to the curriculum.

According to the awards nomination form submitted by Citizens National, “Thompson has helped to instill the notion that knowledge of personal finance is not just a class or graduation requirement, it is the only way you can be successful.”

 

TOP PEP BANKER / GRAND DIVISION AWARDS

The Grand Division Awards are presented to the banker in each division of the state who makes the most presentations concerning financial literacy during the PEP year.  The 2014-2015 Grand Division Awards went to:

Top PEP Banker for East Tennessee – Diane Riggs, Community National Bank, Dayton

Top PEP Banker for Middle TennesseeWonda Turnbo, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro

Top PEP Banker for West Tennessee – Judi McAlpin, BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden.

Each of these winners received a plaque and complimentary registration to the Leadership Convention.

 

TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE AWARD

Teach Children to Save is a nationwide consumer education initiative established by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation.  Save Day, held in the month of April of each year, focuses primarily on younger students, instilling in them the need and desire to save by helping them differentiate between “wants” and “needs.”  TBA presents an award to the bank making the most presentations in April in conjunction with Teach Children to Save Day.

This year’s Teach Children to Save Award went to The Farmers Bank of Portland, TN.  The bank received a plaque in recognition of their outstanding efforts.

 

GOLDEN PEP BANKER AWARD

The TBA also presented the Golden PEP Banker Award to individual bankers who completed 75 or more presentations between June 1, 2014, and March 6, 2015. This year, 11 bankers earned this distinction:

•     Diane Riggs, Community National Bank, Dayton - 407 presentations, 7,008 contacts

•     Wonda Turnbo, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro -  141 presentations, 3,220 contacts

•     Elizabeth Teeftaller, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro - 141 presentations, 3,220 contacts

•     Patsy Hill, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood - 137 presentations, 1,080 contacts

•     Dianne Butler, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood - 134 presentations, 1,032 contacts

•      Kay Martin, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood - 134 presentations, 1,032 contacts

•     Linda Turner, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood - 134 presentations, 1,032 contacts

•     Kathryn Love, Citizens Bank, New Tazewell - 109 presentations, 1,483 contacts

•     Dorothy Howell, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro – 99 presentations, 2,616 contacts

•     Stacey Brewer, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro - 95 presentations, 2,471 contacts

•     Holly Floyd, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood - 79 presentations, 2,024 contacts

 

Other awards presented at the TBA Leadership Convention were the Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Outstanding Bank Participation, and Certificate of Recognition.

To be eligible for the Certificate of Achievement, individuals had to complete 12 or more

in-school bank activities before March 6.  The in-school bank program fosters the savings habit of children by offering a real-life savings program to students within the school environment.

The Certificate of Outstanding Bank Participation was presented to each bank with two or more bankers who completed a combined total of 12 or more individual PEP presentations.

The Certificate of Recognition was presented to bankers who completed 12 or more PEP presentations of any kind to any age group.

Following is a complete list of individuals and banks that earned these awards—Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Outstanding Bank Participation, and Certificate of Recognition.

The awards ceremony during the convention was sponsored by the First National Banker’s Bank, Alabama.

The Personal Economics Program, established by the American Bankers Association in 1977, is a volunteer effort of bankers working with educators and other community groups to teach consumers of all ages about personal money management

skills, banks, and banking services.  The Tennessee Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division began administering PEP in Tennessee in 1980. For more information about TBA’s financial literacy efforts contact T’Lanie Luu in the TBA office.

 

Tennessee Bankers Association 2014-2015 PEP Certificate Winners

 

Certificate of Outstanding Bank Participation

Awarded to banks with two or more staff members who complete a combined total of 12 or more individual presentations

 

Bank, City                                                      # of Bankers                     Presentations      

BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden.............................. 3................................................... 57

Citizens Bank, New Tazewell.............................. 2................................................. 114

Citizens National Bank, Sevierville..................... 7................................................... 16

Commercial Bank & Trust Co, Paris.................. 2................................................... 35

Community First Bank & Trust, Columbia........ 2................................................... 52

First Citizens National Bank, Dyersburg........... 4................................................... 41

First State Bank, Martin....................................... 3................................................... 15

The Hardin County Bank, Savannah................... 3................................................... 22

Wayne County Bank, Clifton............................... 2................................................... 36

Wayne County Bank, Collinwood........................ 4................................................. 176

Wilson Bank & Trust, Gordonsville..................... 3................................................... 20

Wilson Bank & Trust, Hermitage......................... 4................................................... 19

Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.......................... 43................................................. 189

Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet.................... 9................................................... 29

Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro................... 7................................................... 30

Wilson Bank & Trust, Nashville.......................... 3................................................... 17

Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville......................... 2................................................... 15

Wilson Bank & Trust, Smyrna............................. 2.................................................. 18 

 

Certificate of Achievement

Awarded to bankers completing 12 or more activities associated with in-school banks

Banker, Bank, City                                                                    # of In-School Activities

Loretta Adcock, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville............................................................ 14

David Baker, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro.............................................................. 36

Lorri Bates, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon..................................................................... 12

Pam Baumann, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon............................................................... 14

Clara Booher, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon................................................................. 15

Stacey Brewer, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro.......................................................... 95

Katherine Brison, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood....................................................... 39

Andrea Brown, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smyrna................................................................. 14

Christy Burlason, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro................................................... 16

Dianne Butler, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood.......................................................... 134

Lorri Cooke, Wayne County Bank, Clifton...................................................................... 36

Johnny Crisp, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon................................................................. 12

Lisa Culbreath, Wilson Bank & Trust, Carthage.............................................................. 12

Lynn Daugherty, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon............................................................ 15

Kalah Donnell, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon............................................................... 15

Jessica Earps, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.................................................................. 16

Jenesia Ellis, Wilson Bank & Trust, Hartsville................................................................. 17

Katie Enoch, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gordonsville.............................................................. 18

Avalon Floyd, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.................................................................. 13

Holly Floyd, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood................................................................. 79

Misty Gann, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro............................................................. 14

Ronda Grah, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet............................................................. 14

Sheila Grewing, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon............................................................. 23

Melissa Harris, Wilson Bank & Trust, Hermitage............................................................ 16

Patsy Hill, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood.................................................................. 137

Dorothy Howell, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro........................................................ 99

Miranda Jackson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet..................................................... 12

Jennifer Keaton, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville.......................................................... 14

Evelyn Lawson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Carthage............................................................... 12

Melody Lester, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smyrna................................................................. 19

Amie Ligon, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.................................................................... 17

Kathryn Love, Citizens Bank, New Tazewell..................................................................... 96

Kay Martin, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood................................................................ 134

Judy McAlpin, BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden.................................................................... 37

Dawn McDonald, Wilson Bank & Trust, Nashville........................................................... 22

Amy McEvoy, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon................................................................... 12

Sonja Moniz, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gallatin.................................................................... 14

Pat Moon, BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden............................................................................ 14

Lori Norton, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.................................................................... 14

Christie Patterson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon........................................................ 17

Mary Rector, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro............................................................ 17

Natalie Rich, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon................................................................... 15

Renee Rodman, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet........................................................ 15

Robnetta Sherrill, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood....................................................... 34

Toni Smart, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon..................................................................... 13

Elizabeth Teeftaller, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro............................................... 135

Melissa Thompson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville...................................................... 18

Patricia Thornton, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.......................................................... 12

Dawn Threadgill, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro.................................................... 16

Wonda Turnbo, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro........................................................ 135

Linda Turner, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood............................................................ 134

Jessica Webb, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gordonsville........................................................... 12

Jennifer Whitener, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon....................................................... 13

Loretta Adcock, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville............................................................ 14

Kristina Wilkerson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Nashville..................................................... 19

Linda Wood, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet............................................................. 16

 

Certificate of Recognition

Awarded to bankers who complete 12 or more presentations

Banker, Bank, & City                                                              Presentations     Contacts

Loretta Adcock, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville ................................... 14................. 125

David Baker, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro..................................... 36.............. 1,217

Carma Barksdale, Community First Bank & Trust, Thompsons Station. 14................. 527

Lorri Bates, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon............................................. 12................. 100

Pam Baumann, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ...................................... 15................. 227

Lesa Benson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet ................................... 12................. 711

Melissa N. Bilbro, Regions Bank, Nashville ............................................. 25................... 99

Clara Booher, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ........................................ 17................. 761

Stacey Brewer, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro................................. 95.............. 2,471

Katherine Brison, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood.............................. 39................. 205

Andrea Brown, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smyrna........................................ 14................. 435

Christy Burlason, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro .......................... 16................. 304

Dianne Butler, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood................................. 134.............. 1,032

Lorri Cooke, Wayne County Bank, Clifton............................................. 36.............. 1,217

Johnny Crisp, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ........................................ 12................. 329

Lisa Culbreath, Wilson Bank & Trust, Carthage ..................................... 13................. 323

Lynn Daugherty, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ................................... 15................. 841

Jeanine Denney, Heritage Bank & Trust, Columbia ................................ 23................. 593

Ashley Dennis, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah................................ 18................. 629

Kalah Donnell, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ...................................... 15................. 177

Jessica Earps, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ......................................... 17................. 523

Jenesia Ellis, Wilson Bank & Trust, Hartsville ........................................ 17................. 945

Brenda Enoch, First Citizens National Bank, Dyersburg........................... 35................... 24

Katie Enoch, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gordonsville..................................... 18................. 317

Avalon Floyd, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ......................................... 14................. 172

Holly Floyd, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood........................................ 79.............. 2,024

Laura Galbraith, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah ............................ 17................... 17

Misty Gann, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro.................................... 14................. 435

Ronda Grah, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet .................................... 15................. 607

Sheila Grewing, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon.................................... 23.............. 1,470

Doug Haehl, Citizens Bank of Lafayette, Lafayette................................. 29.............. 1,619

Melissa Harris, Wilson Bank & Trust, Hermitage ................................... 16................. 257

Patsy Hill, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood......................................... 137.............. 1,080

Yolanda Hollingsworth, Regions Bank, Nashville .................................. 70................. 284

Dorothy Howell, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro................................ 99.............. 2,616

Miranda Jackson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet ............................ 13................. 841

Jennifer Keaton, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville ................................. 14................. 241

Evelyn Lawson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Carthage ...................................... 12................. 282

Sandra A. Lee, Regions Bank, Nashville .................................................. 25................... 99

Melody Lester, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smyrna ........................................ 20................. 425

Amie Ligon, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ........................................... 18................. 670

Kathryn Love, Citizens Bank, New Tazewell.......................................... 109.............. 1,483

Helen Maclin, First Citizens National Bank, Dyersburg ........................... 15................. 385

Kay Martin, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood....................................... 134.............. 1,032

Judy McAlpin, BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden........................................... 41.............. 1,166

Dawn McDannald, Wilson Bank & Trust, Nashville ................................ 22................. 248

Amy McEvoy, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon .......................................... 12................... 92

Adam Milligan, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah .............................. 17................... 17

LeAnn M. Mock, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Adamsville ....................... 35................. 141

Steven A. Mock, Regions Bank, Nashville ................................................ 25................... 99

Sonja Moniz, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gallatin............................................ 14................. 202

Pat Moon, BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden.................................................... 18................. 837

Karen Muchewicz, The Farmers Bank, Portland ..................................... 20................. 407

Lori Norton, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ........................................... 14................. 193

Christie Patterson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ............................... 18................. 902

Tabitha Petty, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah ................................. 17................... 17

Mary Rector, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro ................................... 17................. 357

Natalie Rich, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon .......................................... 15................. 101

Diane Riggs, Community National Bank, Dayton................................... 407.............. 7,008

Renee Rodman, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet ............................... 16................. 913

Ann Schneider, The Farmers Bank, Portland .......................................... 20................. 407

Dianne Scroggins, Community First Bank & Trust, Columbia................. 52.............. 1,667

Robnetta Sherrill, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood............................... 34................. 137

Karina Simon, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah ................................ 17................... 17

Toni Smart, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ............................................ 13................. 125

Elizabeth Teeftaller, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro....................... 141.............. 3,220

Melissa Thompson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Murfreesboro ........................ 19................. 332

Patricia Thornton, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon ................................. 13................. 886

Dawn Threadgill, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gallatin.................................... 16................. 241

Wonda Turnbo, Wayne County Bank, Waynesboro................................ 141.............. 3,220

Linda Turner, Wayne County Bank, Collinwood.................................... 134.............. 1,032

Kathleen Turner, Commercial Bank & Trust Co, Paris............................ 32................. 623

Jessica Webb, Wilson Bank & Trust, Gordonsville .................................. 12................. 146

Jennifer Whitener, Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon............................... 13................. 155

Kristina Wilkerson, Wilson Bank & Trust, Nashville ............................ 19................. 421

Lisa Williams, BancorpSouth Bank, Dresden........................................... 20................. 518

Linda Wood, Wilson Bank & Trust, Mount Juliet .................................... 16.............. 1,299

 

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