Whitmire began his banking career with Benton Banking Company in 1976 as a teller. He has served in multiple roles over the past 38 years including: Assistant cashier, compliance officer, security officer, operations manager, branch administration, branch manager, and interim president as First Volunteer Corporation was purchasing Benton Banking Company in 2008.
“Mike has been a valuable asset to our organization; most recently serving as vice president market leader and commercial banker,” stated First Volunteer President and CEO Patti W. Steele. “His leadership and knowledge has helped not only our customers in the Benton market; but has strengthened our branch team as well”, Steele added.
“I have been blessed over the past 38 years to be part of a wonderful industry that has allowed me to be part of so many people’s lives. I have truly enjoyed my time in banking along with the many great relationships that have been established. I will always have a special place in my heart for my many friends”, Whitmire said.
Whitmire has been successful in not only helping customers with their financial needs; but also being an active citizen in the community with his involvement in Junior Achievement, the Polk County Chamber of Commerce, the McMinn County Economic Development Authority and many others.
He is a graduate of Polk County High School and the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University.
Whitmire will be honored with a retirement reception on Friday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 219 Ward Street First Volunteer Office in Benton.
First Volunteer Bank is a $865 million financial institution with 24 branch offices throughout Eastern/Middle Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. First Volunteer operates three branch offices in the Polk/McMinn County markets – Benton, Ocoee and Etowah.