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Eclipse Bank Expands into Tennessee, Adds Four Commercial Bankers

February 07, 2022, 07:00 AM
Related: Banking News

Eclipse Bank, Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Eclipse Bancorp, Inc., announced the addition of four new commercial bankers and plans to open loan production offices (LPO's) in the Nashville and Tri-Cities areas of Tennessee. The expansion follows a year in which the bank opened its second full-service branch and announced plans for a third, both in Louisville, KY.

Kenneth N. Raff, II will serve as Executive Vice President & Tennessee Region CEO and will operate from an LPO in the Tri-Cities community of Johnson City. Joining Raff in Johnson City is Brandon Farmer, Vice President & Commercial Relationship Manager, and Brandy Wolfe Mullins, Assistant Vice President & Commercial Loan Specialist. Richard Camp, Senior Vice President & Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, will operate from an LPO in Greater Nashville.

Raff. a Johnson City native and East Tennessee State University graduate, possesses over 20 years of banking experience serving in roles of increasing responsibility. He joins Eclipse from Commercial Bank, where he served as EVP and Regional President of the Tri-Cities and Knoxville regions, with 10 branches and combined assets of approximately $600 million. Raff also serves on the ETSU Economics and Finance Advisory Board. Prior to Commercial Bank, he served in commercial lending positions with Truist (formerly BB&T) and Mountain Commerce Bank. As Region CEO Kenneth will drive the expansion strategy and oversee bank operations throughout Tennessee.

Farmer possesses over 10n years of experience in the financial services industry, including retail sales, operations and commercial lending. Farmer, also a Johnson City native, is a graduate of King University as well as the Tennessee Bankers Association's Southeastern Banking School. As Commercial Relationship Manager Brandon will focus on serving the financial needs of businesses in Johnson City and throughout the Tri-Cities region.

Mullins, a Tri-Cities native, has over 20 years of experience in the local banking industry. Mullins possesses a diverse skill set, including retail sales and management, portfolio management, commercial loan documentation and loan processing. As Commercial Loan Specialist Mullins will work closely with local business clients, overseeing the loan closing process and providing ongoing servicing support.

Camp, is a Nashville native with nearly two decades of banking experience, primarily focused within commercial lending and credit analysis. Camp earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Tennessee. At Commercial Bank Camp developed a commercial loan portfolio of approximately $180 million and consistently ranked as the company's top producer, generating over $80 million in new loans in 2021. As Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, he will focus on serving the needs of business clients in the Nashville area as well as recruiting and mentoring a team of commercial bankers.

Andrew Pyles, President & CEO of Eclipse Bank and Eclipse Bancorp, said, "We're delighted to enter the dynamic Tri-Cities and Nashville markets, two of Tennessee's largest population centers. We've hired a talented group of local community bankers who share our service-focused values. Under the leadership of Kenneth and his team, we look forward to serving the needs of these local business communities."

Raff said, "Brandy, Brandon and I constantly strive to be Johnson City's community bankers. Eclipse's service-based culture will help further support these efforts. We look forward to introducing the Eclipse brand to Johnson City and the Tri-Cities area."

Camp said, "I'm excited to help build Eclipse's presence in Greater Nashville. Their strong customer focus and commitment to relationships is sure to resonate within the local market."

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