Athens Federal promotes two

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Posted 3/4/18

Special to the BannerAthens Federal Community Bank has announced the promotion of two keyleadership roles within the bank’s executive management team.Chris Adamshas been promoted to area president …

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Athens Federal promotes two


Special to the Banner

Athens Federal Community Bank has announced the promotion of two key

leadership roles within the bank’s executive management team.

Chris Adams

has been promoted to area president for

McMinn and Monroe Counties. His primary responsibilities include overall

leadership and deposit sales strategy for the two markets, including management

of customer acquisition, retention and service standards. 

Nicole Gibbs

has also been promoted to vice

president/chief banking officer. 

In addition to retaining her current

duties as director of the bank and subsidiaries’ marketing and communications

efforts, Gibbs will also assume responsibility for operation, strategic

direction, and leadership of the bank’s retail deposit network, including

management and development of all retail products, services and personnel. 

Adams joined Athens Federal

in 2002 and has served the institution in several capacities, including public

relations, management, retail sales, and most recently as Vice

President/Deposit Operations. 

A native of Athens, Adams graduated from

Tennessee Wesleyan University with a bachelor of science degree in

business administration, and is a graduate of the Southeast School of Banking and the Georgia Bankers Association Southern

School of Operations and Technology. 

He was recognized as by his alma mater as

Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2003, was named Young Man of the Year in 1997 and

2017 Man of the Year by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Before joining

Athens Federal, Adams served as executive director for United Way of McMinn and

Meigs counties. 

He has served in numerous leadership roles in the Athens and

McMinn County community, and is currently a member of the Athens City School

board, campaign co-chair of United Way of McMinn and Meigs counties, board

member and past president of the Athens-McMinn YMCA, and active member and

former President of the Athens Kiwanis Club. Adams and his wife, Meloyne, reside

in Athens with their two sons, Brady and Rylan. 

Gibbs began her career at

Athens Federal in 2011 as vice president of marketing and Communications. During

her tenure, she has led several promotional initiatives and programs to drive sales,

enhance customer service, boost efficiency and help achieve year over year

record growth and profitability. 

A native of West Tennessee, Gibbs earned a

Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/public relations from the University

of Tennessee at Martin, and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in

corporate communication from Austin Peay State University. 

She was inducted to

the UT Martin Communications Hall of Fame in 2005 and was named one of

the Daily Post-Athenian’s “20 Under

40” in 2012. Prior to joining Athens Federal, Gibbs served as director of

marketing and communications at Tennessee Wesleyan University, where

she was recognized as Staff Member of the Year in 2009. 

She is treasurer of the

Grace & Mercy Ministries board of directors, board member of the Athens Downtown

Business Association, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce diplomat, previous board

member/technology committee chairperson of the McMinn County Living Heritage

Museum, and president of the board of directors of the HOPE Center and

Children’s Advocacy Center of the 10th Judicial District. Gibbs and her

husband, Daniel, reside in Cleveland. 

“On behalf of our executive

staff and board of directors, I am honored to work with and to call both Chris

and Nicole my colleagues and friends. They have each shown tremendous growth

over the past few years and have been dedicated and effective key members of

our management team,” said Mike Hutsell, AFCB chief operating officer. 


expect their new roles will further enhance our ability to effectively

implement strategic plans as we look toward a bright future for Athens Federal.

I have no doubt they will embrace their responsibilities and implement

initiatives that will continue our bank’s forward momentum,” he added.


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