Shelia Ferrell has been promoted to first vice president and managerial lender at the Lebanon office of First Freedom Bank, according to the bank chairman and CEO John Lancaster.
Ferrell previously served as vice president and relationship manager.
"We are extremely pleased to announce the promotion of Shelia Ferrell to first vice president and managerial lender," Lancaster said. "Her leadership and work ethic are very valuable to First Freedom. We are proud to have her represent First Freedom and take comfort in knowing that whatever she touches is handled with accuracy and professionalism."
A career community banker, Ferrell joined First Freedom in 2012. Prior to 2012, she spent her banking career in Smith County where, through a series of mergers and acquisitions, she worked for three different banks but never left the building. Throughout her career, she has worked in virtually all areas of the bank including compliance, technology, internal audit, operations, lending and management. Ferrell previously served as a commercial lender at Capital Bank and as an executive vice president and chief operating officer at Cumberland Bank.
A graduate of Smith County High School, Ferrell is a 1989 honor graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor of science in business administration and a major in accounting. She also holds certificates of graduation from the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and the Georgia Bankers Association Bank Audit and Operations School.
Ferrell serves as the treasurer of Smith County Living Inc., chairman of the Wilson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) board and a member of the Smith County Fair Board. Additionally, she is a past president of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Leadership Smith County.
Originally from Defeated, Ferrell now resides in the New Middleton community of Smith County with her husband, Chris, and children, Lucas and Logan. She is a member of Cornwell's Missionary Baptist Church.