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VOL. 129 | NO. 29 | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bell Joins First State Bank as Commercial Loan Officer

By Kate Simone

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Jonathan Bell has joined First State Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer. Bell, who has more than 13 years of experience in the banking industry, will provide banking services for businesses in Collierville and the surrounding area.


Hometown: Paris, Tenn.

Experience: Graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a business degree, with a concentration in accounting. Received my master’s in accountancy from UT Martin. Received my CPA designation from the state of Tennessee, currently in inactive status. Have been in banking for 13 years, six years in commercial lending and seven years in commercial real estate lending.

Family: Wife, Paula; son, Jon Carter (2 years old); and a soon-to-be-born daughter, Katherine (due Feb. 18)

Favorite quote: “The path of the Lord will not lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.”

Favorite movie: “Hoosiers” and “Animal House”

The sports teams you root for: University of Tennessee (bleed orange), Tennessee Titans, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Braves and the Nashville Predators

What’s playing on your stereo right now? A mixture of music from country to rock to pop.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Being with my family, attending football games and tailgating with my friends at Neyland Stadium, and anything outdoors.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing. I can’t carry a tune to save my life!

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents and wife. My parents taught me the values and morals I have and taught me to treat everyone the same, regardless of position or status. My wife taught me to believe in myself and that I could achieve anything I sat my mind to. I am privileged to have a family who supports me in every way possible and that I know will always be there for me when I need them.

What are your goals in your new role? My role will be to become the face of our Collierville market. My family lives in Collierville and I believe the area will continue to grow with the completion of 385. Also with the positioning of Interstate 69/269, I believe the area, including Fayette and DeSoto counties, will continue to grow. Collierville is built on mom-and-pop and family-oriented businesses, and First State wants to be the one-stop shop that families and businesses can grow with in all aspects of banking: personal, business, real estate and investing. We want to be the bank that Collierville citizens can count on.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Always believe in yourself and always continue learning. I have been in banking 13 years and am still learning different things every day.





Whit Agee has joined First State Mortgage, a division of First State Bank, as a branch sales manager. Agee has more than 30 years of mortgage and bank lending experience and will be responsible for offering a variety of home loan options.

Jay Campbell has been selected as partner in charge of Adams and Reese LLP’s Memphis office. Campbell joined Adams and Reese in 2006 and is a member of the Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services practice group.

Dr. Nadish Garg has joined UT Medical Group Inc. as an interventional cardiologist and been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Garg most recently attended the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where he completed additional training in interventional cardiology.

Cardell Orrin has joined Stand for Children Tennessee to head its Memphis office. Orrin is a former chief information officer for LeMoyne-Owen College, a board member of Hattiloo Theatre and a member of Memphis Urban League Young Professionals.

Paul N. Bourassa has joined Unity Hospice Care as director of corporate compliance. Bourassa is responsible for compliance programs involving the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

Rinnie Wood has been named director of resident services at Trezevant. She previously served as fitness director. Marilyn Paavola has been named fitness director, having previously served as a fitness instructor. Nora Conaway has been named director of development, having previously served as executive assistant. And Michelle Charbonnet has joined Trezevant as executive assistant.

Brian Barrach has been appointed regional marketing director of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. Southeast region, responsible for sales production, recruiting and training for the Memphis area. Barrach previously served as an account executive for the Hartford Life Insurance Co. and as vice president of First Tennessee Bank.

Iren Zombor has joined PRIZM Ensemble’s core troupe. Zombor also serves as assistant principal cello with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Rhodes College faculty since 2004.

PROPERTY SALES 57 57 1,266
MORTGAGES 48 48 964