Longtime First Tennessee county president to retire

Bowen led bank’s Sumner, Wilson network since ’80s

Longtime First Tennessee Bank executive Bill Bowen will retire from his position as regional president for Sumner and Wilson counties at the end of June. Senior Vice President Chris Rippy will take his place.

Bowen has been First Tennessee’s point man in Sumner and Wilson since 1987, when he joined the lender from the former Commerce Union. Since then, he has held leadership positions in the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Gallatin Rotary Club and the Jason Foundation.

“Bill has done a terrific job for us in this market for a very long time and has made many contributions to our bank and the community”, said Doyle Rippee, market president for Middle Tennessee. “We will certainly miss him and wish him well in his retirement. We are very fortunate to have such a strong leader in Chris Rippy to succeed Bill.”

Rippy, a graduate of Western Kentucky University, joined First Tennessee in 1997 from SunTrust Bank as a commercial loan officer. In addition to his work at the bank, he has been involved with the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the Hendersonville Rotary Club and Leadership Sumner County, among others.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to lead First Tennessee in the dynamic, growing markets of Sumner and Wilson Counties”, said Rippy. “We have a great team and I look forward to continued growth and success”.

First Tennessee controls about $330 million of deposits at its seven offices in Sumner and Wilson counties. Combined, the bank’s market share there is almost 8 percent.