MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin finance and banking students attended the annual Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) Credit Conference, Feb. 6-7, at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.
The Credit Conference provides senior lenders and bank presidents from across Tennessee with the most up-to-date information on the economy, credit markets and regulatory trends. The two-day conference is TBA’s largest annual event and hosted more than 500 bankers and 18 UT Martin students this year.
Student attendance is arranged each year by the Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, and sponsorships are provided by TBA and individual community banks across West Tennessee.
“Thanks to our community bank sponsors and the TBA, students have the opportunity to learn about their chosen profession and network with leaders in the financial services industry. The Credit Conference augments classroom instruction and helps prepare students for the professional workforce. UT Martin’s commitment to quality teaching and experiential learning sets us apart and provides students with a world-class education right here in West Tennessee,” said Dr. Tom Payne, Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking and professor of finance.
This year’s conference included sessions by Greg Gonzales, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions; David Kemp, president of Bankers Management Inc.; Jeff Judy, principal with Jeff Judy and Associates; Sean Smith, director, Institute of Economic Competitiveness; and Patsy Parkin, banking compliance advisor, Butler Snow LLP.
Payne also served as a speaker at this year’s conference and presented “The State of The Economy: The Road Ahead for Tennessee and its Banks.”
"Attending the TBA Credit Conference gave us [students] a great opportunity to see the dynamic world of banking and review industry changes with hundreds of bankers from across the state. UT Martin is a great school, but it really makes a difference when you attend conferences like this one and get this type of real world experience. We would like to thank all of the banks that helped fund our trip. Without them it would not have been possible for us to attend the conference," said Taner Swinea, a senior finance major from Waynesboro.
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MARTIN, Tenn., Feb. 25, 2014 – UT MARTIN STUDENTS ATTEND TBA CREDIT CONFERENCE – UT Martin finance and banking students attended the recent Tennessee Bankers Association Credit Conference in Nashville. More than 500 bankers attended this year’s conference. UT Martin students and local bankers included, front row, from left, Tony Gregory, First State Bank, Union City; Corey Rose, of Lexington; Morgan Brewer, of Collierville; Shannon Cheatham, of Lewisburg; Amber-Leigh Whittemore, of Winchester; Ashley King, of Union City; Kimberly Boswell, of Medina; Jeannette Morales, of Dyersburg; Dexter Fields, of Bartlett; Randy Huffstetler, Greenfield Banking Company, Greenfield; middle row, from left, Dr. Tom H. Payne, Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking; Mike Cary, Carroll Bank and Trust, Huntingdon; Taner Swinea, of Waynesboro; Adam Tolley, of South Fulton; Dan McCool, of Martin; Cesalee Mullen, of Drummonds; Kathryn Stricklin, of Savannah; Jonathan Hewlett, of Memphis; Tim Shanks, Commercial Bank and Trust, Union City; back row, from left, Jim Johnson, First Bank, Lexington; Wayne Minton, Bank of Milan, Milan; Chuck Sisson, Farmers and Merchants Bank, McKenzie; Jeremy Haywood, of Covington; Crockett Stephens, of Palmersville; Zach Garner, of Dresden; Bradley Harris, of Union City; and Kirk Goehring, First South Bank, Jackson.