First Advantage Bank adds VP
First Advantage Bank has recruited former Fifth Third Bank executive Sam Usmani as vice president and business banker for its Nashville lending team.
Usmani specializes in commercial and industrial lending with an emphasis in manufacturing. He will report to Senior Vice President Allan McCombs and manage a portfolio of business customer loans, deposits and other services.
Prior to joining Clarksville-based First Advantage, Usmani was a vice president at Fifth Third, which he joined in the spring of 2004. He has nearly 30 years of banking experience and also worked at First Tennessee Bank in Nashville. He is a past president and current member of the Downtown Nashville Lions Club.
News of Usmani’s hiring comes shortly after First Advantage said it had hired Michael Croom to boost its Small Business Administration lending. The bank also plans to open its first office in Williamson County in a few weeks.
BLF adds Zink as account manager
Amy Zink has joined Clarksville-based BLF Marketing as an account manager.
Zink has worked in a marketing capacity at various U.S. military posts – including 10 years in Germany – for the offices of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Army Community Services and U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs.
With more than 15 years experience in feature writing, graphic design and marketing coordination, Zink received a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University with a double major in English writing and political science.
Tennessee Chamber adds new investor development direct
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry has named Brian Jones to the newly created position of director of new investor development.
Jones was most recently with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as membership development manager for the Louisville metro region.
In his role with the Tennessee Chamber, Jones will help grow the Nashville-based organization’s investor portfolio and oversee its PAC contributions. He will join Mike Morgan, the chamber’s investor relations manager, as the entity’s core growth team members.
“With his proven track record of success, our organization will grow our investor base statewide, continue to provide excellent service to our existing investor base as the voice for business in the halls of the Tennessee General Assembly and, as importantly, will ensure the addition of thousands of voters to our large list of grassroots advocates,” said Catherine Glover, Tennessee State Chamber president.
Jones, a Louisville native, is a former American Diabetes Association and Young Professional’s Association of Louisville board member, as well a former participant in Leadership Louisville’s Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows programs. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Indiana University and a B.A. in literature from Centre College.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry is also the Tennessee Manufacturers Association. It serves as the state affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, both headquartered in Washington D.C. Formed in 1912, the chamber ranks among Tennessee’s oldest business lobbying organizations.