Another senior hire for First Advantage

Operations exec arrives from Sumner bank being sold

First Advantage Bank has welcomed Scott Gupton as senior vice president of operations, the latest in a series of executive moves for the Clarksville-based bank entering the Nashville MSA.

Gupton is a 20-year banking veteran who was most recently executive VP at Sumner Bank & Trust in Gallatin, which is being acquired by Kentucky-based HopFed Bancorp for $14.3 million. At Sumner Bank & Trust, he oversaw bank operations, financial reporting and analysis, and corporate administration.

At First Advantage, Gupton will manage the overall operations, technology and security at the bank’s Montgomery County headquarters and seven locations in the region. His hiring comes shortly after First Advantage, which has about $360 million in assets, hired a number of senior lenders and others to help it grow into the Nashville and Williamson County markets.

“Scott’s extensive banking experience makes him a key asset to our senior management team. He understands how to develop and implement operational policies and procedures that will facilitate our growth,” said CFO Jerry Cooksey, to whom Gupton will report. “Scott’s contributions will be especially important in our ongoing mission to manage our organization in ways that deliver the best experience to our customers, and drive the greatest value to our shareholders.”

Gupton is a Clarksville native who now lives in Ashland City. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Southeastern School of Banking. He is the co-author of two books on remote deposit and branch capture.