• Barry Smith has been promoted to Vice President. Barry is a graduate of Texas A & M Commerce. He has eight years of banking experience specializing in Commercial and Consumer lending. Barry is a Gilmer native, a member of Gilmer Kiwanis and First Baptist Church, and has been with the bank for four years.
• Alesia Jones is a Senior Vice President with the bank and has been promoted to Consumer Credit Administration Officer. Alesia is a Gilmer native and a graduate of American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Philadelphia, Pa. Alesia has been active in community affairs for several years, and has been with the bank 17 years.
• Michele Phillips has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of First National Bank Big Sandy. Michele is currently a student at Kilgore College and is also in the Texas Banking Association Management Development Program. Michele is also a Gilmer native, a member of Big Sandy Rotary Club and has been with the bank seven years.
Carol Davidson has been promoted to Assistant Cashier. Carol has a background in retail business, commercial teller experience, and extensive audit training.
As Assistant Cashier, Carol will be dedicating her efforts towards the areas of compliance training and implementation. Carol has been with the bank for ten years, and her favorite pastimes are spending time with her husband, their dogs and reading.
Heather Baugh is Executive Assistant to Kelly Stretcher, President and Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank of Gilmer. She has been promoted to Corporate Secretary of First Gilmer Bankshares, Inc.
Heather has had approximately 20 years of banking experience, including branch management and commercial lending. She attended Northeast Texas Community College and has lived in Gilmer for 21 years. Heather is married to Vance Baugh and they have three children. Her pastimes include spending time with her family and watching Buckeye football.
Chad Elledge has been promoted to Vice President. Chad, a graduate of Texas A & M University, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and an MBA degree from Texas A & M Commerce. He is a member of Gilmer Rotary Club and serves on the Yamboree Board of Directors. Chad is the Information Technology Officer, and has been with the bank five years.
“We are very proud of this outstanding group of dedicated employees who bring their very best to us every day. Each one has unique knowledge, experience and talents that benefit our customers and our bank,” said Kelly Stretcher, First National Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.