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Legends Bank: Tommy Bates

Tommy Bates is the President and COO of Clarksville, Tennessee’s Legends Bank. Since its founding in 1998, Legends Bank has grown to include eight offices throughout Middle Tennessee in addition to a Loan Production Office in Nashville and now manages nearly 425 million dollars in assets.

Bates has seen the bank from its earliest days, beginning his time at Legends as the EVP and CFO before becoming President and COO in 2010. Throughout years of change and growth, both in the banking industry as a whole and in the Clarksville community, Bates has led Legends to continual success as a trusted financial institution focused on providing a level of personal service that speaks to their own dedication to the local community.

“The employees here at Legends are a key ingredient that separates us from other institutions,” Bates says. “We have a staff of dedicated and passionate individuals who really want to help their customers, and our work family wholly embraces our motto of ‘Legendary Service…Extraordinary People,’” he continues. “Through the course of my career, first as an examiner with the FDIC and later in the time I spent at First American National Bank before assisting Mr. Atkins in founding Legends, I have experienced

many different aspects of the industry; but the people we serve are really what keeps me passionate,” Bates explains. “It’s easy to be passionate about your job when you’re regularly helping your customers realize their financial dreams—whether that means buying a home or starting a business. It’s very gratifying to drive around town and see new buildings and businesses that you have helped start or expand.”

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