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TN Bankers Assoc names Ron Samuels as Leader in Banking Excellence

NASHVILLE – Ron Samuels has been named a Leader in Banking Excellence. The Tennessee Bankers Association will display a plaque in his honor at the TBA’s

headquarters building in Nashville.

 Samuels, chairman, president and CEO of Avenue Bank, is among an elite group representing Tennessee bankers past and present who have excelled in the areas of banking, community service and civic involvement.

 The Oxford, Miss., native began his banking career in 1968 at First National Bank of Memphis as a loan officer. Over the course of his more than 40-year career, Samuels has served in a leadership capacity at multiple banks and businesses. Before founding Avenue Bank in 2007, Samuels was group president for Regions Bank in Middle Tennessee. His responsibilities at Regions included the oversight of banking operations in 20 counties and more than $2 billion in assets.  

 Samuels is a founder of the Mid-South School of Banking at Memphis State University and a former board member and chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association Commercial Lending School. He was honored by the American Institute of Banking’s Memphis chapter as an Honorary Lifetime Board Member and the Nashville chapter as Banking Instructor of the Year. In 1988, he was named the Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year for the state of Tennessee.

  “Not only is Ron a leader in the banking industry, he is a respected leader in the Nashville community,” said TBA president Brad Barrett. “Ron’s commitment to causes that make Nashville a better place is extraordinary.”

 Samuels serves as chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the finance committee for the Music City Convention Center coalition. He is on the boards of the Country Music Association, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Adventure Science Center, Alignment Nashville and FiftyForward Foundation. Additionally, Samuels is a steering committee member for Education 2020, on the board of trustees of Leadership Nashville andthe advisory board of Belmont University Massey Graduate School.

 Leaders in Banking Excellence is an initiative by the TBA to recognize and celebrate exceptional bankers throughout Tennessee’s history, Barrett said. A special plaque commemorating each honoree is displayed in the association’s headquarters building in Nashville.  

 All TBA-member banks can submit nominations for the honor, and applications are reviewed by TBA staff and board members, who make the selections. Samuels was nominated by Kent Cleaver of Avenue Bank.

 “One of the main missions of the Tennessee Bankers Association is to encourage our members to be involved in making our industry better and in making their communities better places to work and live,” Barrett said. “The Leaders in Banking Excellence recognizes those who have made a difference, and we hope it will be an inspiration to other bankers across the state.”

 About TBA

The Tennessee Bankers Association is a not-for-profit organization representing all of Tennessee’s commercial banks and thrifts.  The association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions. Visit us at our Web site,



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