Longtime Mortgage Banker Stephen Lewis Joins Franklin Synergy Bank

StephenLewis.jpgFranklin, TN - October 14, 2008 - Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association President Stephen Lewis has joined Franklin Synergy Bank as Senior Vice President and Mortgage Production Manager. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Franklin Synergy Bank President Richard Herrington. Franklin Synergy plans to open a mortgage loan production office in the Synergy Business Center in Brentwood in November, serving Williamson and Davidson Counties. Lewis has more than 17 years experience in mortgage origination and he joins Franklin Synergy Bank from SunTrust Bank, where he held the position of First Vice President.

"We're delighted to have Stephen with us," Herrington said. "Expertise in mortgage lending has never been more critical than in a difficult time such as the current market. While some of the larger banks have cut back their mortgage lending, Franklin Synergy Bank is open for business. Stephen has started work at Franklin Synergy Bank; his customers can now do business with him here at our Aspen Grove branch until the Brentwood mortgage office is open.”

Lewis began his career in mortgage lending at Great Western Mortgage in Nashville and Brentwood. From that position, he moved to Southeastern Mortgage in Nashville, remaining with the company after it was purchased by National Bank of Commerce and then SunTrust Bank. He has served on the Board of the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association for three years and is also active through the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

"It is the emphasis that Franklin Synergy places on service to their customers that attracted me to the bank," noted Lewis. "Franklin Synergy Bank cares about the kind of experience their customers have at the bank and they care about their employees. The opportunity to provide that kind of atmosphere and attention was my primary motivation in joining Franklin Synergy Bank."

Franklin Synergy Bank opened in November 2007, offering a unique combination of the traditional values of community banking, such as trust, competence and expediency, with innovative, technology-based delivery systems. This combination creates synergy, a process in which the sum of tailored banking products, advanced technology and dedicated bankers define a superior banking experience for our customers.