First Volunteer Bank awarded SBA honors
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FIRST VOLUNTEER BANK officials are presented with an award from a representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration. From left are Jeff Bridgman, First Volunteer commercial banker; Greg Haskew, First Volunteer Credit Administration; Walter Perry, SBA Tennessee District director; and Steve Bullard, First Volunteer commercial banker.
Contributed photo FIRST VOLUNTEER BANK officials are presented with an award from a representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration. From left are Jeff Bridgman, First Volunteer commercial banker; Greg Haskew, First Volunteer Credit Administration; Walter Perry, SBA Tennessee District director; and Steve Bullard, First Volunteer commercial banker.
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CHATTANOOGA — First Volunteer Bank was recently presented with the 2012 Tennessee SBA First Mortgage Lender of the Year award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“In an environment when many banks are not lending, this confirms that First Volunteer is not only lending but is finding ways to help business consumers with their credit needs,” said Patti W. Steele, president and CEO of First Volunteer.

The bank ranked first out of 504 for first mortgage loans in Tennessee by the Small Business Administration.

“These award winners represent the many excellent small businesses that we have in the Volunteer State,” said Walter Perry, district director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office. “All across Tennessee, our hard-working award winners are the very best at what they do. SBA is proud of our partnership and pleased to honor these award winners for their role in helping small businesses start up, grow and succeed.”

Gregory K. Haskew, senior vice president of Credit Administration, accepted the award on behalf of the bank at an SBA awards meeting in Chattanooga recently.

“We are so excited to be able to work with our customers and offer the great products that the Small Business Administration provides,” Steele said. “In the economy we are in, we are always looking at opportunities to help our customers with their credit needs.”

First Volunteer Bank is an $881 million financial institution with 24 branch offices in Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.firstvolunteer.com.