Tennessee Bankers

Young Bankers Elect New Leadership

For Immediate Release – June 25, 2015

Contact: Stacey Langford – Senior Vice President of Membership
E-mail - slangford@TNBankers.org
Phone - 615–244-4871
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Young Bankers Elect New Leadership

Members of the Young Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) elected new officers and directors for 2015-2016 during their annual Leadership Convention, held at The Peabody in Memphis.

Delegates elected the following bankers to serve as officers during  2015-2016:
  • Chairman – Bo Blanken, Assistant Vice President, Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Grainger County, Rutledge, TN
  • Chairman-elect – Chris Schlueter, Vice President, FirstBank, Nashville, TN
  • Vice Chairman – Michelle Bing, Senior Vice President, Reelfoot Bank, Union City, TN
  • Immediate Past Chairman – Emily Gray, Senior Vice President/Senior Credit Officer, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah, TN
As chairman of the division, Blanken will serve as an ex-officio member of the Tennessee Bankers Association board of directors.

In addition to the four executive officers, the Young Bankers Division is governed by a nine-member board of directors composed of three directors from each of the three grand divisions of the state—East, Middle, and West.  Directors serve a three-year term with one director from each of the grand divisions rotating off each year to be replaced by a newly elected banker from the same division.

Directors elected to the board during this year’s convention were:
  • East Tennessee - Robert Bradley, Executive Vice President/Chief Risk Officer, Bank of Tennessee, Johnson City, TN
  • Middle Tennessee - Johnathan West, Assistant Vice President/Mortgage Originator, Macon Bank and Trust Company, Lafayette, TN
  • West Tennessee  - Melanie Luckey, Assistant Vice President & Controller, First South Bank, Jackson, TN

Bankers who completed their three-year terms and rotated off of the board were: 
  • East Tennessee – John Hunter, Commercial Relationshiop Manager, People’s Community Bank, a Division of First Community Bank, Johnson City, TN
  • Middle Tennessee – Michael D. Griffith, Vice President, Business Banking and Development, Security Federal Savings Bank of McMinnville, McMinnville, TN
  • West Tennessee  - John Killen, City President, Carroll Bank and Trust, Camden, TN
The Young Banker’s Division was established in 1960 and is devoted to preparing Tennessee’s young bank officers to become the industry’s next generation of leaders.

The members of the division represent financial institutions across the state of Tennessee.  The division’s board of directors serves as the board of trustees for The Southeastern School of Bankingsm (TSSB), a two-year general banking school conducted annually by the TBA. 

The division oversees the association’s Personal Economics Program (PEP), a financial literacy effort by bankers to educate consumers about such topics as banking, personal money management, the wise use of credit, the importance of saving, and identity theft and other types of fraud.

Another activity in which division members participate is the Young Bankers Day on the Hill.  This program reinforces the importance of involvement in the TBA’s government relations activities.  During this annual event, bankers spend a day at the Capitol in Nashville learning about how the General Assembly functions, meeting with government leaders and their own representatives, and attending committee meetings and hearings.


Cutline:  Newly elected officers of the Young Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association are (L-R):  Chairman Bo Blanken, Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Grainger County, Rutledge, TN; Immediate Past Chairman Emily Gray, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah, TN; Vice Chairman Michelle Bing, Reelfoot Bank, Union City, TN; and Chairman-elect Chris Schlueter, FirstBank, Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Bankers Association is a not-for-profit organization representing Tennessee’s commercial banks and thrifts. 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.