Wells adds commercial bankers to local hub

Veterans relocate from bank's Texas, Oklahoma teams

National banking giant Wells Fargo has beefed up its Nashville business banking team and named a new head of its regional office.

Regional Vice President Brian Sallee, a native of Nashville, now also is the head of the Nashville Regional Commercial Banking Offices. The Nashville native and former loan term manager (pictured at left) joined Wells Fargo in 2006 after starting his commercial banking career in Nashville with First American National Bank in 1999. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance and management and an MBA in finance from the University of Missouri.

Wells executives also have moved two veteran bankers to their Nashville hub. Jeff Bourland is a new vice president and regional customer service manager covering Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Previously, he had been customer service manager for the bank's Oklahoma regional business banking office for about two years. A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, he has spent most of his banking career in various roles at JPMorgan Chase.

In addition, Warrie Birdwell has relocated to Nashville to serve as the team's loan team manager. Most recently, he was a senior VP and relationship manager in Wells' North Dallas regional office. He holds a bachelor's in business administration from Southern Methodist University and has been in banking for a dozen years.

“We are pleased to add these talented team members, with a combined total of more than 50 years of financial service experience, who are dedicated to helping middle-market businesses thrive,” said Sam Belk, executive VP and division manager of commercial banking for the Mid-South region.

In addition to the new hires, Nicole Harrell also has shifted from her regional customer service manager position into a relationship manager role. Harrell joined Wells in January 2004 in Dallas and relocated to Nashville a year later. She earned a bachelor's from Texas Christian University and an MBA from SMU.

Set up in 2005, Wells' Nashville operation now is home to 17 people and is the hub for the bank's Mid-South division.