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FirstBank has Tennessee roots, nationwide financial power

FirstBank is one of the largest banks in the Southeast, but it's still a community bank at heart.

By Livability on November 10, 2021

Downtown Franklin, TN
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Tracing its Tennessee roots back more than a century, FirstBank is a community bank to its core. 

Since 1906, local decision-making has been a hallmark of how the bank does business. Today, associates still know the names and unique stories behind the account numbers, but that personal connection is now backed by the financial power of almost $12 billion in assets. 

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A big bank with the soul of a small town, FirstBank stays true to its rural roots even as it enjoys significant growth in the large urban areas that make up Middle Tennessee’s Metro Nashville market. 

One of the largest financial institutions in the Southeast, FirstBank is in the top 5% of U.S. banks based on assets. 

“We’ve expanded our footprint by giving our best to our communities,” FirstBank President and CEO Chris Holmes says of the bank’s success. “We make a difference through our focus on building personal relationships and serving the needs and opportunities that come from these relationships.” 

With a business culture focused on one-on-one banking, associates are invested in their customers and communities with a desire to see both succeed. Whether it’s a banking relationship that requires personal solutions or complex support, FirstBank’s size and expertise allow for a full complement of products and services, from personal accounts, mortgages and business banking to industry solutions and investment partners. 

If your dream is growing a business, owning a home or planning for retirement, FirstBank believes customers deserve more than just an account — they deserve a connection. 

“Banking is a people business,” explains FirstBank’s Williamson County president, Will Powell. “I’m proud to be part of a local bank that focuses on giving back to the community. I was born and raised here in Williamson County, so that’s very important to me. At FirstBank, we have the resources to be your complete financial services provider but will always remain focused on providing the very best service.” 

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From building an exciting new headquarters in downtown Nashville to strengthening programs such as the FirstBank Forward initiative, you can’t deny FirstBank’s commitment to Middle Tennessee. 

Through FirstBank Forward, the bank strives to build vibrant communities with programs, products and services designed to foster affordable housing, drive economic development and promote education. FirstBank isn’t just located in Middle Tennessee, it’s part of the community. 

The new FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin is a shining example of supporting the creativity that is truly an integral part of the region, while also making a positive impact on the environment. 

Located south of Nashville, the beautiful FirstBank Amphitheater serves as an example of land reclamation and a commitment to supporting area artisans, farmers and small businesses. The FirstBank Amphitheater is positioned at the base of a limestone rock quarry surrounded by cliffs up to 100 feet tall, creating a dramatic outdoor location with ideal visual and acoustic space for music events. 

The world-class boutique setting will have room for up to 7,500 concert attendees and a spacious 1.5-acre plaza area for gathering and dining. The facility will feature state-of-the-art sound, event lighting and large-screen image amplification. 

There is no doubt FirstBank is rooted in the community. On a personal level, associates donate thousands of hours in manpower and expertise to local organizations. 

Leading by example with involvement in many Middle Tennessee nonprofits, Holmes says, “My message to our associates is that every day we have the opportunity to give of ourselves and make a real impact on the future of others. Our emphasis remains on local ties and heartfelt service.” 

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