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Here's what's happening at Southern Bank

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NOVEMBER 2020 --

The co-founders of Southern Bank of Tennessee are passing the day-to-day torch to two lieutenants who have been at their side for the better part of a decade.

Sam Short is now CEO of Southern Bank, which was established in late 2012 when his father, Sam Short, and David Major acquired the charter of Community Bank of East Tennessee in Anderson County. Joining him in leading Southern Bank is Justin Cary, who has been named president. Both men had previously been senior vice presidents.
In stepping aside, Major and Sam Short have been named chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

“We are fortunate to have a number of exceptionally talented, capable and highly motivated professionals leading our bank. Two of these are Samuel and Justin,” Major said. “It is the appropriate time now for both of them to become more engaged in the bank’s leadership and be placed in decision making roles.”

Sam Short has more than 18 years of banking experience. He was a bank examiner with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions and worked at Bank of the South and Pinnacle Financial Partners after the latter bought Bank of the South in 2008. In 2012, he was one of Southern Bank’s 10 original employees. He is a past chairman of the Tennessee Banker’s Association Young Banker Division and a former board chairman of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

Cary also was a charter employee of Southern Bank eight years ago. Before that, he was a consultant at Professional Bank Services and an analyst with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions.

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MAY 2021 --

Southern Bank of Tennessee is proud to welcome Beth Schulze to our commercial lending team. Beth joins us with a rich history in banking and lending. Beth is a Middle Tennessee native and has spent the last 20 years in the East Davidson/Wilson County Area. She is a passionate community servant and is involved in the Mt. Juliet Chamber, the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber, and is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet. She's the mom of two - one child attends Holy Rosary Academy and the other attends Mt. Juliet High School.  Beth describes herself as a "typical VFL," nature enthusiast, lover of country music, and sports fan. She says networking with other business leaders and community members isn't just part of her job, it's a passion.

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MAY 2021 --
Long-time OBGYN, Dr. Mistye Taylor, has dreamed of starting her own practice in Smyrna for many years. On May 13th, the Southern Bank team in Smyrna had the privilege of witnessing that dream start to come true. With the help of a loan from Southern Bank, Dr. Taylor broke ground on her own practice which will open Fall 2021. Southern Bank is thankful for opportunities to support hand working members of our community in making their dreams come true!

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APRIL 2021 --

What do you get when you put our CEO, Samuel Short, in room full of 4th graders? Financial education and a whole lot of FUN!

As part of Financial Literacy Week, Southern Bank recently hosted 4th graders from Mt. Juliet Christian Academy at our headquarters in Mt. Juliet for a fun afternoon of financial education. Topics they learned about included having a bank account, the importance of saving, and other life lessons they'll encounter on their financial journey in life. Thank you to MJCA for allowing us to pour into your great students! 
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