Daily News: July 12, 2013

Whartenby Joins First Financial Service as EVP, CCO

First Financial Service Corporation announced an addition to the senior leadership of the company and its subsidiary, First Federal Savings Bank of Elizabethtown.

Rob Whartenby has joined the company and the bank and will become executive vice president and chief credit officer when the appointment is approved by the FDIC. Whartenby joins with 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Previously, Whartenby held several leadership roles with First Tennessee Bank, most recently developing and managing the Syndicated Credit department. He was responsible for strengthening the credit and lending functions of First Tennessee’s Correspondent Lending Group and leading the transformation of its Commercial Credit Review into an effective, independent risk management function.

Whartenby also has managed acquisitions, division turnarounds, government receivables and contract financing, private client mortgage lending, as well as global corporate equipment leasing during his time with GE Capital, Wells Fargo Bank and BNY Mellon Asset Management.

“We are pleased to have Whartenby join our team of associates,” Greg Schreacke, president, said. “His experience, talent, background and skills will help us as we move forward in building a strong credit structure and supporting our growth and portfolio diversification.”