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First Farmers announces four hires for local banks

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First Farmers and Merchants Bank– a community bank serving Middle Tennessee – has added four experienced bankers to its team of 22 banking locations in seven counties.

Kent Bowden brings more than 25 years of experience to his role as a mortgage loan originator serving First Farmers locations in Lewisburg, Spring Hill and Port Royal. 

A graduate of Memphis State University, Bowden most recently served as a mortgage loan officer with Franklin Synergy Bank in Spring Hill and previously held mortgage loan officer roles with SunTrust, BancorpSouth and Bank of America. 

Ryan Carey is a private banker at First Farmers’ main office in Columbia. He was the branch manager for Reliant Bank’s Thompson’s Station branch for the past two years and was previously an assistant branch manager with SunTrust. He’s a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Jacob Kassinger joins as a private banker at First Farmers’ newest location on 21st Avenue in Nashville. He brings more than a decade of experience with several financial institutions. He was previously vice president and financial sales manager at First Citizens Bank in Franklin, where he focused on healthcare and professional services clients. 

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Kassinger is on the board of Greenways for Nashville and is president elect for the Nashville Sunset Rotary Club.

Marcus Williams joins First Farmers as branch manager of the McEwen office in Franklin, where he will also assist customers with personal, business and mortgage loans. He previously served as branch manager at The Bank of Nashville and a retail market manager at Synovus Bank. Williams brings over 22 years of banking experience to his new role with First Farmers.

First Farmers offers a complete array of financial services ranging from personal and business banking, to mortgage lending, treasury management, commercial banking and wealth management. 

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