First Tennessee to promote Pam Fansler to chairman, Dave Miller to president for East Tennessee region

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pam Fansler, whose banking career in Knoxville has spanned more than four decades, will become chairman of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region as Dave Miller, executive vice president of consumer banking, moves into Fansler’s position as region president. The changes will take place March 1 as Fansler prepares to retire in July.

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“Pam Fansler has been the face of First Tennessee in Knoxville for 15 years, and she will continue to provide community leadership, mentoring and business development as she works with Dave Miller on his transition into her former role,” said David Popwell, president of banking for First Tennessee’s parent company, First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN). “Pam and I carefully considered which of the talented bankers on our team could best fill the president’s role and carry on the strong First Tennessee traditions in East Tennessee. Dave Miller was the obvious choice to fill this important position.”

During his 22-year career with First Tennessee Miller, 46, has held leadership roles in marketing and corporate strategy and investor relations, where he earned national honors from IR Magazine and Institutional Investor. As the executive overseeing First Tennessee’s retail, private client and wealth management teams and digital and consumer product strategy, he has been a member of the company’s 15-member Executive Management Committee.

Miller has been active in the Memphis community, having served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, United Way, the Better Business Bureau, Families Matter, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the First Tennessee Foundation. He is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., and earned a degree in physical sciences from Harvard University. He and his family will complete their move to Knoxville in the next few weeks.

Fansler, 64, joined First Tennessee – actually the former Valley Fidelity Bank, which First Tennessee acquired – in 1976. She was named president of First Tennessee in Knoxville in 2003. Under her leadership the Knoxville bank has grown deposits by 50 percent, and First Tennessee has been voted Best Bank by readers of the Knoxville News Sentinel for 16 years in a row. She was named president of the East Tennessee region in 2011.

Like Miller, Fansler strongly believes in giving back to the community. She was the 2011-2012 United Way of Greater Knoxville campaign chair. She has served on the boards of Covenant Health, the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, the Central Business Improvement District, Leadership Knoxville, YMCA of East Tennessee, Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council and Friends of Literacy. She also served as a Knoxville Chancellor’s Associate for the University of Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, the Southeastern School of Banking and the LSU Graduate School of Banking and participated in The Wharton School executive development program.

About First Tennessee Bank
First Tennessee was founded during the Civil War in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. First Tennessee has the largest deposit market share in Tennessee. The FTB Advisors wealth management group has 313 financial advisors and $25 billion in assets under administration. First Tennessee, FTN Financial and FTB Advisors are part of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN), which has 4,300 employees and is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. First Horizon has been recognized as one of the nation's best employers by Working Mother and American Banker. More information is available at


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Source:First Horizon National Corporation