Citizens Bank of Blount County (CBBC) President and CEO, Joe Bruce, announced the election of John G. Proffitt as Chairman of the Board at the April 14, 2009 Board of Directors meeting. “CBBC continues to be guided by local leaders with sound, stable business credentials and strong ethics,” said Bruce.
Proffitt, newly retired as an appraiser with the Department of Transportation, has served on the Board since 1989. His father, the late Harry H. Proffitt, Jr., was a Board Member from 1976 until his death in 1989, also serving as Chairman of the Board. John Proffitt and his wife, Janet Isenberg Proffitt, attend New Providence Presbyterian Church. Spending the majority of his life in Blount County, he is an Alcoa High School graduate and received his BS in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Also elected to Board positions were Leon Shields as Vice Chairman and Jim Warren as Secretary. Gaynell Lawson was elected as Assistant Secretary and Treasurer. Shields is President of Leon Shields Insurance in Alcoa and has been a Board member since 1975. Warren, Board member since 1989, is a Senior Engineer with Bechtel National. Lawson was elected to the Board in 2007 and was an original employee of CBBC in 1973. She currently serves as the bank’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
CBBC also recently announced the promotion of Carson “Blake” Tipton to Business Development Manager of CBBC’s Heritage Branch. “We are truly a local community bank and believe very strongly in promoting deserving associates from within our organization. Blake’s leadership, management, and people skills make him an excellent team player. He is a very sincere and likeable person with a wonderful helpful and ‘can-do’ attitude. We are very excited and proud of Blake’s advancement within our organization,” said President and CEO Joe Bruce.
Employed with the hometown bank since 2006, Blake was raised in Walland and graduated from Heritage High School. Blake received his Bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005. He has been active in United Way of Blount County and participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Blake and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of their 8-month old daughter, Raelynne Grace. The Tiptons are active members of Central Baptist Church in Alcoa.
CBBC has been a locally owned and headquartered independent, community bank since its inception in 1973. The bank has capital in excess of $54 million, which is over16 percent of CBBC’s $342 million in assets. The bank has grown to 12 locations; 9 in Blount County, 2 in Knox and a location in Vonore.