First Tennessee names Sergent as Wilson County president

Staff Reports • May 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

John Sergent will be the new president for First Tennessee in Wilson County. 

Sergent currently leads the sales team for 15 financial centers in the bank’s Middle Tennessee region, which includes Wilson County and is led by Carol Yochem, regional president.  

First Tennessee is a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp.

First Tennessee is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, with a long history of exceptional customer service that has earned it the number one market share in Tennessee.  

Sergent, who lives in Mt. Juliet, will oversee the Wilson County team’s efforts to meet the banking needs of businesses and individuals.  

“I know the people of Wilson County well – they’re my neighbors,” Sergent said. “I’ve been working closely with our team, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to deepen our relationships here.” 

“In his new role, John will continue do a great job serving customers in our Wilson County market,” said Yochem. “We want to be Middle Tennessee’s bank, and that definitely includes Wilson County.” First Tennessee has two financial centers in Lebanon and two in Mt. Juliet.

“First Tennessee provides the services and expertise of a regional bank with the friendly service of a community bank,” Sergent said. “We think that’s a winning combination for Wilson County.”

Sergent, who has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University, joined First Tennessee in 2009 and is a resident of Wilson County since 2005. 

First Tennessee has the No. 1 market share in Tennessee and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. First Tennessee ranked in the top 6 percent of 750 banks in the most recent Greenwich and Associates Excellence in Banking survey.  First Tennessee and FTN Financial are subsidiaries of First Horizon National Corp. 

The company’s 4,300 employees provide financial services through more than 170 First Tennessee Bank locations in and around Tennessee and in 21 FTN Financial offices in the U.S. and abroad.  FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional clients in the U.S. and abroad. First Horizon was recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by American Banker and Working Mother and a top tech innovator by InformationWeek. More information is available at firsttennessee.com.  

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