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First Freedom promotes Hawkins, Vance

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John Hawkins and Phillip Vance

John Hawkins and Phillip Vance have been promoted to assistant vice president at the Lebanon office of First Freedom Bank, according to John Lancaster, chairman and CEO.

Hawkins will continue to serve as portfolio manager, and Vance will continue to serve as a relationship manager.

As a portfolio manager for First Freedom, Hawkins is responsible for managing a sizeable portfolio of loans in many different industries. He has 10 years of banking experience and has been with First Freedom since February 2014.

"John is very deserving of this promotion," Lancaster said. "He governs a significant portfolio and manages it with a high level of accuracy and great detail. John's many years of community banking experience gives him a great foundation for this significant role with First Freedom."

Hawkins is a 2007 graduate of Tennessee Tech with a bachelor's degree in finance. He is a graduate of both the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and of the Southeastern School of Advance Commercial Lending. Hawkins is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Wilson. He volunteers in a number of community organizations, including Sherry's Run, Relay for Life and Jere's Ride. He also serves as a board member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Originally a resident of Gainesboro, Hawkins now resides in Lebanon with his wife, Kayla. They are expecting their first child in August. Hawkins is a member of College Hills Church of Christ.

Vance has been employed with First Freedom since July 2014. As a relationship manager, he will continue to be responsible for managing existing customer loan and deposit portfolios, developing new customer relationships, underwriting loans for approval and originating new loans.

"We are excited about Phillip's promotion and the role he plays in our bank and our community," Lancaster said. "He is very intelligent, has the customer's best interest at heart and is creative in the way he approaches his customer's needs. We are honored to have Phillip on the First Freedom team."

Vance is a 2014 graduate of Tennessee Tech with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He has extensive involvement in the community, including participating in Habitat for Humanity builds and serving as the treasurer for the Little Lights Pre-School at Maple Hill church of Christ. He is currently the fundraising coordinator for the First Freedom Bank 2017 United Way Campaign and is serving on the 2017 Allocation Panel for Wilson County United Way.

Additionally, Vance is a member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club and serves on the board. Vance resides in his hometown of Lebanon with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Hazel. He is a member of Maple Hill church of Christ.

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