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Rick Inman

An Interview With Rick Inman, Parsons, Tennessee Market President

What’s your story? Where did you grow up and have you always lived in Tennessee?
I am a lifelong native of Decatur County and currently live in Parsons.

How did you get into banking?
After I completed graduate school, a childhood friend approached me about going to work for his family-owned bank. I started my banking career in August of 1991 at their $30 million dollar bank located in my hometown of Parsons. It was one of the hardest, but best decisions that I have ever made.

What’s your story? Where did you grow up and have you always lived in Tennessee?
I am a lifelong native of Decatur County and currently live in Parsons.

How is the culture different at FirstBank compared to larger banks?
We “Exist for the Customer”, and they all count.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Celebrating wins with our customers and my team.

Describe a typical day at the office.
It can be a little unpredictable depending on our branch traffic and staffing level. Having said that, we follow up and catch up early, then move on down the list of things to do and people to call.

FirstBank operates as a community bank, with the services and resources of a large bank. What advantages does this give to your customers?
We have the distinct advantage of making decisions locally while offering the latest in banking products and services that come with being a $11 billion dollar plus bank. That combination allows us to provide the best banking experiences possible for our customers. It’s a winning combination.

What do you like best about being a community banker?
Knowing the folks in my community and being able to make a difference in their lives.

As a local Market President, what’s your vision for FirstBank in Parsons?
To be known as the market leader and community bank of choice that exists for its customers, associates and shareholders.

Describe your market area in three words.
Rural, special and home.

What is Parsons known for?
The St. Jude Benefit World’s Largest Raccoon Hunt, the beautiful Tennessee River and it is the hometown of Jim Ayers.

What do you like best about life in Parsons?
It is a great place to raise a family and a place where I can make a difference.

What’s your favorite lunch spot there?
Prater’s Taters, I really like salads and they have great salads.

If we got in your car and turned on some music, what are some songs that would appear on your playlist, CD or favorite radio station?
ESPN Radio and the SEC Network.

If you could give your 20-year-old self one piece of advice, knowing what you know now, what would that advice be.
Life is about choices. So, use good judgement and make good choices.

Have you ever had a mentor who made a difference in your life? How so?
Yes, Jim Ayers. I have known and worked for Mr. Ayers for quite a few years. Many times, I have had a front row seat to witness what makes him successful and special. He leads by example. Mr. Ayers works harder than most and has the persistence, strong drive to “make calls”. I think that sets him apart from his peers. He has been a supporter of mine through the good times in banking, and the bad. Mr. Ayers has been my boss, my advisor, and is a good friend. I am a better banker, businessman and leader because of our relationship and his guidance.

What’s your life’s motto?
To always do the right thing.

Describe your perfect vacation.
Right now, the perfect vacation is a week at the beach with my wife and two kids.

Do you prefer indoor sports or outdoor sports and why?
I prefer outdoor sports. I love to hunt, fish and play golf.

Top Work Places Tennessean 2015-2023

FirstBank is a 2023 Top Workplace as recognized by the Tennessean. To determine which large, midsize and small companies are the best to work for in Middle Tennessee, the Tennessean partnered with industry research company Energage to conduct a survey. We are proud to receive this award 9 years running!

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