Foothills Bank and Trust president and CEO Mark Loudermilk has announced that the Board has elected Joe Hamdi as the institution’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer.
“Joe is a great fit for our bank,” stated Loudermilk. “We are a Blount County community bank focused on our community and that means building great relationships. Joe fits that mold of relationship banking perfectly.”
Hamdi graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance in 1986. He earned degrees from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado; the Graduate Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma; and received his MBA at the University of Phoenix.
Most recently, he served as president and CEO of a Knoxville community bank, but Hamdi’s banking experience includes both the conglomerate banking sector as well as community banking.
“I’ve been working with community banks since 1997,” comments Hamdi. “I enjoy community banking because they do such a great job of taking care of customers. You have the opportunity to develop personal relationships where the customer can take care of all of their banking needs with one stop. Usually, with larger banks one customer will deal with several people in managing their account. With a community bank, most things can be handled by one person. Here, you deal with one person who knows you very well and can take care of you very quickly.”
Hamdi is a member of the Downtown Knoxville Rotary and has also served as a member of Lenoir City’s Civitan organization. “I’m certainly excited about this opportunity and this group of people. Blount County is a wonderful area and Foothills Bank and Trust has such a great core group of relationship-centered people.”
Foothills Bank and Trust is one of two Community Banks headquartered in Blount County. The main office is currently located in Foothills Mall at 137 Foothills Mall Drive with two other offices at 2430 East Lamar Alexander Parkway and 214 Keller Lane.