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Heritage Bank & Trust Announces New President

January 15, 2013 (Columbia, TN) –Heritage Bank and Trust begins 2013 with a new President. Ben Rudd, formerly City President of Farmers and Merchants Bank of Bolivar, has joined the Heritage team as President and Chief Lending Officer.

Rudd, who has been a consumer and commercial business banker for 31 years, brings to Heritage a wealth of experience in the rural banking market, consumer and commercial business development, as well as bank administration and management. Rudd was with Farmers and Merchants Bank of Bolivar for eleven years and has a long history of involvement with community banks in West Tennesseewhich included Vice President positions in Commercial and Consumer Lending, as well as Business Banking. He has also served on bank and community Board of Directors and Executive committees.

“Ben brings to Heritage Bank & Trust a vast knowledge of the banking industry and a depth of experience in financial service and product delivery combined with outstanding leadership skills,” said Jim Robinson, Chief Executive Officer. “His focus on consumer service, professional attitude, lending experience and sense of urgency will be a huge asset in moving Heritage Bank and Trust forward in our efforts to continue to provide exceptional banking services to our community.”

Rudd holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from UT-Knoxville and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking. He served on the Jackson-Madison County School Board for eight years, serving one term as chairman. He served for ten years on the Board of Directors for Madison-Haywood Development Agency in West Tennessee.

“Community service is very important to me,” said Rudd. “Columbiais a great town that has a wonderful reputation in our state and one in which I will be very involved. I look forward to meeting our customers, members of our community and the opportunity to be of service.”



August 7, 2012 Heritage Bank & Trust has hired Hendley Edwards as Vice President of Lending.  Edward’s appointment was announced by Heritage Bank & Trust CEO Jim Robinson. “As Heritage Bank continues its transformation, we welcome Hendley to our team,” commented Robinson.  “His strong local experience will be invaluable as we serveMauryCounty.” Edwards began his banking career with Farmers Home Administration and Farm Credit Services serving customers inColumbia, Lawrenceburg, andFranklin.  He worked for 12 years as a branch manager and loan officer for The Middle Tennessee Bank and has served Community First Bank & Trust as Vice President and Branch Manager of theMt.Pleasantoffice since it opened in 1999.    With over 30 years of banking experience, he has been responsible for the management, organization, and development of consumer and small business loan portfolios as well as deposit accounts. Involved in the community through his church and Leadership Maury Alumni, Edwards serves on the Board of the Mt Pleasant Community Foundation, Mt Pleasant Power System, and Mt. Pleasant Community Development Board.  He is a member and Past President of the Mt Pleasant Rotary Club and serves as Co-Chair of the Foundation Committee.  He is a graduate of theUniversityofTennesseeand the LSU Graduate School of Banking.    Edwards will be based in the bank’s Main Office at 217 S. James Campbell Boulevard.


COLUMBIA, TN (January 6, 2012) - Heritage Bank & Trust today announced a reorganization of its board of directors pursuant to which the board was streamlined to seven members.  The retiring directors will remain active with the Bank as directors emeritus and advisory board members focusing primarily on community involvement.
Bank CEO Jim Robinson, explained, “This has been under consideration for some time.  With the continuing pressure in the banking industry, management and the board felt strongly that now is the time to make sure that our governing structure is aligned with the needs of our shareholders, customers and theMauryCountycommunity.”
Board members retiring areJim Sloan,Rose Rainey,Tim Smithand Janis andBillie Johns.  Members who will continue on the governing board areWill Rainey,Jimmy Hughes, Larry Johns, Tom Yokley,Kent Pardon, Paul Watson and Jim Robinson.
On behalf of the Bank, Jim Robinson expressed appreciation to the retiring board members citing long hours of dedicated service on the bank’s behalf.
Heritage Bank & Trust is a $121,000,000 million state chartered financial institution with two branches inMauryCounty.
Jim Robinson, CEO Heritage Bank & Trust
(931) 388-1970 or jrobinson@heritagebankandtrust.com


News/Press Releases
November 1, 2011
Heritage Bank & Trust and TriStar Bank Terminate Merger
DICKSON, TN (November 1, 2011) – Heritage Bank & Trust of Columbia, Tennessee and TriStar Bank or Dickson, Tennessee today jointly announced that the planed merger of the two banks has been terminated.
Jim Robinson, CEO of Heritage reported that the Heritage Board will spend the next several weeks reassessing the bank’s capital position, market, prospects and strategic alternatives.
Ted Williams, CEO TriStar Bank (615) 446-7100
Jim Robinson, CEO Heritage Bank & Trust (931) 388-1970


Press Release:
July 21, 2011
Middle Tennessee Banks Announce Merger of Equals
(Heritage Bank & Trust to Merge With TriStar Bank)


 DICKSON, TN (July 21, 2011) - An agreement was announced today by the board and senior management of Heritage Bank & Trust of Columbia, Tennessee and TriStar Bank to combine forces and expand the Dickson-based financial institution into Maury County.


 Under the terms of the agreement, Heritage Bank & Trust will be merged with and into TriStar Bank.  Heritage Bank & Trust shareholders will receive TriStar Bank common stock in the exchange.  Executives expect to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter of this year.  The combination is subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.


 "This is a wonderful opportunity and a natural extension of our footprint,” stated TriStar Bank President and CEO, Ted Williams.  “I have always been impressed withMauryCountyand its future continues to look bright.  We look forward to working with and building relationships with the clients, bankers and shareholders of Heritage.”


 Heritage Bank & Trust CEO, Jim Robinson observed that “Our board felt like TriStar was a particularly good fit for us and an attractive deal for our shareholders. The TriStar team is strong, and the bank has the capital resources necessary to carry the combined institution through the coming changes in the banking industry.”  Heritage executives, Jim Robinson and Paul Watson, will remain with the combined institution, and three current directors of Heritage Bank & Trust will join the TriStar Bank board.


 TriStar Bank opened for business on January 1, 2000, and has grown into a well-capitalized, profitable bank with current assets in excess of $160 million operating in four locations inDicksonCounty.  Heritage Bank & Trust is a $135 million bank chartered in 2005 and operates two branches inColumbia,Tennessee.


 Additional corporate information and on-line banking and bill pay services are available at www.tristarbank.com.
Ted Williams, CEO TriStar Bank (615) 326-0512
Jim Robinson, CEO Heritage Bank & Trust (931) 375-0235


September 27, 2010 

Heritage Bank & Trust Appoints Jim Robinson as CEO & Paul Watson as President

 Jim Sloan, Chairman of the Board of Heritage Bank & Trust, announced today that Jim Robinson has been appointed CEO. Robinson has served as chief financial officer of the Bank since its formation and will retain his CFO duties.  Paul Watson, who currently serves as chief lending officer will assume the duties of President.

 The Board and the Bank thanked Mark Hines and members of his family for their efforts in organizing the Bank and providing a true community bank alternative to service the banking and financial service needs of Maury County.

 Both Robinson and Watson have been executive team members of Heritage from the beginning and both serve on the Bank's board of directors. Mr. Watson assured customers and employees that, "We will focus on providing the personal service you have come to expect from Heritage as we move forward."



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