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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.”


Photo Included: Headshot Ben Rudd

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.

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