Steve Kitts has joined Maryville-based Foothills Bank & Trust as the Knox County executive.
“It’s great to get back to traditional banking,” says Steve Kitts. “It’s about relationship and being someone’s banker. That means, being someone’s banker in the traditional sense of loans and deposits, but also extending beyond that to be someone that people can count on for unbiased advice on financial matters.”
Kitts’ relationship driven approach has carried him through more than 30 years in the banking industry. A 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Kitts also graduated from the School of Banking of the South at LSU in 1989. He has spent years with regional banks and larger conglomerate institutions as well as community banks. “What I missed in the community bank sector that didn’t see elsewhere was being able to carry that relationship through from start to finish,” said Kitts. “Segmentation is a big component of the model used by larger institutions. That model is fine, but you often have to hand over everything to someone else, when I would rather stay with a customer and be there until I know they are fully assisted.”
Foothills Bank and Trust is set to open its Knoxville office this summer. The bank, which opened in 2007, is headquartered in Maryville and is one of two community banks headquartered in Blount County. “This has been an exciting stretch for us,” comments Mark Loudermilk, president and CEO. “We opened our doors to a brand new main office in Maryville on May 3 and look to open our Knoxville office in Farragut this summer. Steve is going to be a big part of our continued growth in these communities.”
Kitts will serve as the bank’s Knox County executive. “Steve will be a tremendous asset for us,” says Joe Hamdi, executive vice-president and chief lending officer of Foothills Bank and Trust. “He will be instrumental in our institution servicing the financial needs of East Tennesseans and being a vital part of the Farragut community for years to come.”
For the past three years, Kitts has served as the President of the Downtown Knoxville Exchange Club. He is currently on the board of the Holston Hills Country Club and a member of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Micro-Lending Loan Committee. Kitts has served on past boards for the American Cancer Society, the East Tennessee Foundation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Community Investment Fund.
Foothills Bank and Trust opened in June of 2007 and recently opened a new Main Office on Keller Lane next to Matlock Tire. There is also located at 2430 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Its Directors include Lee Chambers, Jr., Samuel D. Evans, M.D., Joe S. Ingram, Mark W. Loudermilk, Dennis J. Mayes, Herb J. Newton, David E. Pesterfield, Jane Qualls McGuire and E. Terry Webb.