October 2008 E-News Bulletin

October 2008 E-News Bulletin
 

On coming home

In spite of all the bad economic news and the problems on Wall Street, Franklin Synergy Bank continues to grow and fulfill our commitment to building Williamson County’s strongest bank.

We proudly announce that long-time bankers and friends Jody Bowman and Jere Pewitt are joining our team at Franklin Synergy Bank. Both will be Executive Vice Presidents, reflecting their roles as senior partners. Jody and Jere have been successful bankers in Franklin for 25 years; they bring not only a wealth of experience but a well-deserved reputation as the “banker of choice” of many people within our community.

Jody and Jere both began their banking careers in Williamson County at Williamson County Bank. They moved to Franklin National Bank and then to Cumberland Bank when Franklin National Bank sold to Fifth Third. Both have deep roots in the community; their families go back generations in Williamson County. Jody and Jere will be located at the new Downtown Franklin branch but until that branch opens, you can reach them at our Aspen Grove office in Cool Springs at (615) 236-BANK (2265).

We are moving forward with our new location in downtown Franklin. Our location will be the historic Bennett House at 134 Fourth Avenue North, across from the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ. We plan to open in late October, with the Grand Opening scheduled for mid-November. We’ll keep you informed of the exact dates and opening celebration details.

Our growth and progress are nothing short of spectacular! It sometimes is difficult to remember that we are less than one year old. In September, total customer deposits exceeded $100 million, reaching as high as $105 million. Total bank assets exceeded $130 million during the month.

I’m often asked why Franklin Synergy Bank has been so successful. Certainly, our success is due to a combination of many factors, but most important among them have been the strength of our banking team and the support of our Board of Directors, our shareholders, our Founders, and our customers.

One significant challenge for a new bank is to create instant credibility and trust. In November of last year, we asked our friends and family to become customers of Franklin Synergy Bank. Over the first three months of our operation, we had 250 friends and family members who believed in us enough to let us be their bank. These are our “Founders”, and we could not have succeeded without their patronage. To express our appreciation to the customers who placed their trust in us early, we will have an annual Founders Day celebration. Our first Founders Day will be Thursday, November 6, 2008, at our Cool Spring office on Aspen Grove Drive.

I cannot close without referencing the economic struggles of our country and community and its impact on our bank. Times are difficult, but in Williamson County, people are buying homes, contractors are building houses, and commerce is continuing. Franklin Synergy Bank has chosen not to take the easy route of withdrawing from banking activities. We believe in our community and its people, and we take seriously our role as a community lender and deposit gatherer. We ask that you give us the opportunity to discuss your personal and business banking needs; you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you for your continued support and patronage.

Richard Herrington

 

Product News at:

We’re bringing the bank to you – wherever you are.
– Now open your accounts online -

Opening an account at Franklin Synergy Bank just became even easier. Our online account opening product is now available so that you can open an initial checking, savings or money market account. You can also add a new account if you already have a Synergy checking account. All of our accounts, including our Synergy Club checking accounts and online-only e-savings accounts, are available for online opening. Visit us on the web at www.FranklinSynergyBank.com to discover how easy it is to bank with Franklin Synergy.

 

FRANKLIN SYNERGY BANK TRAVEL CLUB NEWS…..

Preview Show

Join us on Thursday, October 30th at 2:00 pm

California Rail Discovery Trip
May 13-19, 2009

Aspen Grove Christian Church
274 Mallory Station Road

Located off Franklin Road, before Seaboard Lane, between WAKM radio tower
and the fire station on the North side of the street
Slide show presentation, Refreshments & Door Prizes

For Reservations and more information contact
SANDY GREEN
615-236-4614
SANDY.GREEN@FRANKLINSYNERGY.COM


Great Trains and Grand Canyons Trip

The Great Trains and Grand Canyons Trip to Sedona, Arizona in September was a wonderful opportunity for our intrepid travel club members to be together exploring this beautiful part of our country. Enjoy the trip through their eyes…..

Upcoming Events...

  • South Pacific - SOLD OUT!
    Join the Franklin Synergy Bank Travel Club on Tuesday, October 21 for Some Enchanted Evening at the Cumberland County Playhouse for SOUTH PACIFIC!

  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans November 14-17, 2008
    This is a limited opportunity – book early to avoid disappointment!
    To see our 5-0 Titans in Jacksonville, please book BEFORE November 3rd!

  • Tennessee TitansJacksonville Jaguars
     
  • Rose Parade & New Year's Extravaganza! - Trip closes October 1st – don’t miss this opportunity!
    December 30, 2008 - January 3, 2009
     

  • Southern Caribbean Cruise - Don't miss the boat!
    January 31-February 7, 2009
    Cruise the exotic boutique ports of St. Maarten – Dominica – Grenada – Bonaire – Aruba on board the elegant Celebrity Summit, a resort at sea.
    Southern Caribbean Cruise
     

  • Mediterranean Legacies Cruise
    October 16-31, 2009


  • This trip booked faster than we planned, we still have just a couple of cabins left!
    Dubrovnik, Croatia / Athens, Greece / Monte Carlo/Nice, France
    Naples, Roma and Florence, Pisa, Italy/ Barcelona, Spain

    A 14-night cruise with overnight stays in Venice, Ephesus and Rome.

Now find Travel Club news on our homepage at www.franklinsynergybank.com. Look for the Travel Club button!

For more information about Franklin Synergy Bank Travel Club contact Sandy Green at 615-236-4614 or sandy.green@franklinsynergy.com.

 

Franklin Synergy Bank Team News

Jody Bowman and Jere Pewitt Join Franklin Synergy Bank
Jody Bowman
Jere Pewitt
Long-time Franklin bankers Jody Bowman and Jere Pewitt have joined Franklin Synergy Bank as Executive Vice Presidents. Jody is Chief Lending Officer at Franklin Synergy and Jere is Senior Lending Officer.

Many of the larger banks have cut back their lending activities. We are open for business. Jody and Jere have started work at Franklin Synergy Bank; their customers can now do business with them here at our Aspen Grove branch until the Downtown Franklin office is open.

Jody and Jere’s return to banking will provide a measure of security for our friends and family who may be worried about the economy. Jody and Jere were instrumental in the success of several area banks including Williamson County Bank, Franklin National Bank, and Cumberland Bank. Both started their banking careers at Williamson County bank and have banked several generations of Franklin families over the years.

Joining Franklin Synergy Bank is coming home for Jody and Jere. Both are looking forward to getting back to their customers. While it’s always important to trust your banker, when the economy is tight, it’s even more important to have a banker who understands your business and your life. Both Jere and Jody noted the financial stability and growth prospects of Franklin Synergy Bank as major factors that influenced their decision to join the bank.

 
Franklin Synergy Bank Welcomes Personal Banker Sandra Starkey
Join Franklin Synergy Bank in welcoming Personal Banker Sandra Starkey to our staff. Sandra is a bank pro with fourteen years of high level customer service experience. She was most recently a Personal Banker with GreenBank in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Prior to that, Sandra was at Franklin National Bank in Franklin and First Tennessee Bank in Franklin.

We are fortunate to attract a Personal Banker of Sandra’s talent. She is a solid addition to our professional banking team at Franklin Synergy Bank, bringing extensive knowledge of the consumer and business banking needs in Williamson County. In her new role at Franklin Synergy Bank, Sandra will be based at our Aspen Brook Village location in Cool Springs. Sandra is a graduate of the Fontana School in Fontana, California and United Mortgage and Teller School in Riverside, California.

 

The Privileges of Membership in Franklin Synergy Bank Clubs

Synergy Club Account - Our signature club account offering: special member interest rates, unlimited check writing, unique travel opportunities, five free non-Franklin Synergy Bank ATM fees per statement, preferred rates on mortgages, overdraft protection, free 24 hour online banking with bill pay, and much more.

Pineapple Gold Club Account - Our signature club account for customers age 50 or better. The same great benefits of a Synergy Club Account along with a free (for one year) safe deposit box.


We look forward to the opportunity to earn your future business at Franklin Synergy Bank. You may reach your Franklin Synergy banker at 236-BANK (2265) or on our website at www.franklinsynergybank.com. Franklin Synergy is located at 3301 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 106 in Cool Springs. A parking garage is located directly below the bank for your convenience. Just take the elevator to the first floor.

We appreciate your continued interest in Franklin Synergy Bank.

Sincerely,

Richard Herrington