Tennessee Bankers

Bradley L. Barrett Honored by Tennessee Bankers Association

NASHVILLE ­ Bradley L. Barrett has been named a Leader in Banking Excellence. Barrett was among three members of the Tennessee banking industry 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.

Barrett, who serves as president of the Tennessee Bankers Association, 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.

A native of Princeton, KY, Brad Barrett has served the Tennessee Bankers Association for 40 years. Beginning in 1973 as the first full-time education director, he served as administrative vice president, senior vice president, and was elected president in 1992. He grew TBA¹s education offerings from 8 programs to more than 70 conferences, seminars, workshops, forums, and banking schools and oversaw the growth of TBA¹s highly successful FinancialPSI subsidiary and the construction of a new TBA/FinancialPSI headquarters. Barrett earned his degree in finance from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He worked part-time for First Farmers & Merchants National Bank and Hamilton National Bank in college then Cumberland County Bank, Crossville upon graduation.

"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," said Colin Barrett, TBA executive vice president. "The 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."