Jerry V. Smith
Jerry V. Smith serves as the Chairman of the Board at TriStar Bank and is one of the bank’s original founders. He is an attorney and has practiced law in Dickson since 1976. He serves as the Attorney for the City of Dickson, Dickson Electric System, and the Greater Dickson Gas Authority. He is a Veteran of the United States Army (1st Lt. 1971-1973). He is active in civic affairs, including Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, and the local and regional library boards.
Ted H. Williams
Ted Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of TriStar Bank, a local community bank that he helped organize in 1999. He has served as a community banker in Dickson County for over 30 years. He is a 1982 graduate of Dickson County High School, a 1986 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, a 1993 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at L.S.U., and also holds a M.B.A. from Tennessee State University. He is involved in many areas of the community, including Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson Lion’s Club, United Way, and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Freed-Hardeman University.
M. Harvey Church
Harvey Church is the President of TriStar Bank beginning in 2020. He has over 35 years of banking experience. He is active in many civic and community organizations in Maury County including Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis Club of Columbia, Big Brother and Big Sisters, James K. Polk Association, Middle Tennessee Transit Alliance, Leadership Middle Tennessee, Columbia Main Street, advisory board of the Maury Regional Medical Center and the Maury County YMCA. He is a graduate of Union University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, the University of Virigina's, Darden School of Business, Advance Commercial Lending, Vanderbilt University-Owens School of Commercial Lending, and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Harvey and his wife, Carol, live in downtown Columbia and have two children and two grandchildren.
Melissa H. Street
Melissa H. Street is an active member of the Board at TriStar Bank. She is a native of Cheatham County and has lived in Dickson County since 1972. She is a 1973 graduate of Dickson County High School and began her banking career in 1976. Melissa has served many roles in the banking industry most recently as the bank's Chief Credit Officer before her retirement in 2014. Melissa is a 1985 graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking, a 1991 graduate of the Tennessee Banker’s Association’s Commercial Lending School; a 1992 graduate of TBA’s Consumer Lending School, and a 1998 graduate of the Owen Graduate School of Bank Management of Vanderbilt University. She retired from TriStar Bank in 2014 but continues to serve on the bank’s Board of Directors.
Stuart Speyer is the President of Tennsco Corporation and has been active with the company since 1980. Tennsco is a local manufacturer of steel storage and filing systems, which was founded in 1962. The company is Dickson County’s largest private employer. Mr. Speyer received a mechanical engineering degree with honors from Princeton and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has been an active member of TriStar Bank’s Board of Directors since 2004. Tennsco and the Speyer family have been tremendous contributors to many non-profit organizations including the Community Foundation, United Way, Humane Society, Dickson Help Center, and Habitat for Humanity just to name a few. The Speyer family has also made several gifts to the community to include the use of a community center, tennis courts, a softball complex, and a playground. Stuart is also an active member of the High Noon Rotary Club.
Kevin Smith is the co-owner of Benefits, Inc., a local business that provides employment benefits and services to many companies and municipalities in middle Tennessee. He received his Bacholor of Arts degree from Lipscomb University in 1988. He previously sold financial products holding several state licenses to provide financial planning for individuals. He is a member of the Dickson Lion’s Club and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. He joined TriStar Bank’s Board of Directors in 2010.
Wilson is a Certified Public Accountant and Consultant. Prior to establishing his tax and consulting practice in 1999, he worked for national and regional accounting firms beginning in 1972. He is a graduate of Dickson County High School, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Austin Peay State University, and is a graduate of Military Command and General Staff College. He spent almost 35 years in service and has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff/Human Resource Officer to the Adjutant General of Tennessee. He retired as Colonel from the Tennessee Army National Guard. Wilson served fifteen years as a founder and board member of Franklin National Bank from 1989 to 2004. He also served as a board member of the Community Foundation of Dickson County for 15 years. He is a Trustee of the Tennessee National Guard Group Insurance Trust and is a former member/director of Dickson High Noon Rotary Club. Wilson also has memberships in various professional organizations. His office is in Dickson, and he has three children, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Linda P. Hayes
Linda is a retired educator. She taught at David Lipscomb High School in Nashville and in the Dickson County School system for 29 years. She is a 1964 graduate of Dickson County High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Following her bachelor’s degree, she earned a Master of Arts in Education from Austin Peay State University. She is a member of the Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, and a former board member of the Community Foundation of Dickson County. In 2014, she was elected to her 5th term as a member of the Dickson County Commission. Her husband, Thomas Hayes, served as Chairman of the Board of TriStar Bank from May 2000 until his death in July of 2003. Linda has two children and four grandchildren.
Brian Ragan is an attorney in Dickson County. He is a 1983 graduate of Dickson County High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University, and his doctorate of jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law. Brian is a member of the Walnut Street Church of Christ, and serves on numerous community boards and committees. Brian retired as a Major from the Tennessee Army National Guard after 21 years of service, which included a one-year tour in Afghanistan as a combat infantry advisor. He served as a bank board member for The People’s Bank in Marion, Kentucky from 2007 to 2011. In the 1990's, he was a bank examiner, and, later legal counsel for the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. Brian has been practicing law since 1993. He and his wife, Carol, have two children, Patrick and Emma.
Paul G. Summers
Paul G. Summers is a former district attorney, appellate judge, and the immediate past State Attorney General and Reporter. Judge Summers has spent the greater part of his career in public service. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S., Distinction, and received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Judge Summers is a member of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee National Guard Association, and National Guard Association of the United States, Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and National Association of Attorneys General. He was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster from the Tennessee Army National Guard. He was Chairman of the Southern Region of Attorneys General, and past President of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. He was appointed and elected District Attorney General in 1982; appointed and later elected Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals in 1990; and appointed Attorney General in 1999. Judge Summers currently serves as Senior Judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He is married to the former Kim Beals of Nashville, who is an Administrative Law Judge with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office.
John T. Law
John Law is the Chief Operating Officer of Property and Casualty Operations for Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, a role he has served in for 16 years. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, John started his Farm Bureau Insurance career as an agent. Other roles he has occupied include life underwriting manager and agency manager. In addition to his work responsibilities, John servces as a trustee for Maury Regional Medical Center. He is a trustee and former Chairman of the Board of Freed-Hardeman University and serves as an elder at the West Seventh Street Church of Christ. John is married to the former Adrienne Sanders and are blessed with two grown children, Richard and Vince. John and Adrienne reside in Columbia.
John G. King
John King is President and CEO of King's Enterprises, Inc. in Columbia, Tennessee. John was born and raised in Columbia. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006, while earning a spot on the Dean's List. In 2009, John formed King's Firearms and More in Columbia. It started as a small brick and mortar store but soon expaned due to increased demand. It has evolved into three companies comprising of its original store, an online store, and Firearm Financial. John works closely with state law enforcement agencies around the country to facilitate bulk firearm transactions. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, and he and his wife, Neelley, have three children, Caroline, Ann Russell, and Harrison.
Sharon E. Ferrell
Sharon E. Ferrell is the Executive Vice President of Operations for TriStar Bank in Dickson, Tennessee. She has been with the bank since it’s opening in 2000. Sharon has a total of 42 years of banking experience. She began her career with Stayton Bank and Trust in Stayton, Tennessee in 1975. She is a native of Dickson County and graduated from Dickson County High School in 1975. Sharon has two children and five grandchildren.
Robby is the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President for TriStar Bank. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Serving in the Alabama National Guard from 1982-1988 Robby participated in several joint exercises with the active Army in Korea and Panama. Robby worked for Tennessee Farm Bureau as an independent agent from 1993-1998, and from 1998 to 2014, he worked as an Executive Institutional Representative for Janssen, Inc., where he completed the Johnson & Johnson Management Development Program in 2005. Robby’s banking experience includes graduation from the Tennessee Bankers Association Branch Manager School in 2014, and graduate from the Southeastern School of Banking at Belmont University, in 2016 and the Executive Development Institute at the University Of Colorado School Of Banking in 2018. Robby serves on various boards within the community and is active in the Walnut Street Church of Christ. Robby and his wife, Shawn, have two children, Will and Mary Lane, and currently reside in Dickson.
Jeff Barber is the Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for TriStar Bank. Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a major in Finance. He has also completed the Southeastern School of Banking. Jeff and his wife, Kendel, live in Dickson with their sons, Brice and Mac, and their daughter, Montgomery Jean (M.J.).
Becky currently serves as the bank’s Executive Vice President for Human Resources, Information Technology, and Compliance. She also serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors as well as the Public Communications Officer and SAFE Act Officer. Becky graduated in 1988 from Dickson County High School and graduated with honors from Lipscomb University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Office Management. She was a member of the 1999 Leadership Dickson County class and served as the secretary for the Dickson Athletic Booster Club from 1998-2003. She worked as an administrative assistant to the president and loan processor at Peoples Bank from 1996-1999 before joining TriStar Bank in July 2000. Becky serves as the treasurer for the Associates of Freed Hardeman University and is a board member for the Walnut Street Church of Christ Childcare and Preschool. Becky and her husband, Alan, have three children, Carrie, Erran, and Hardeman.
George serves as the bank's Chief Financial Officer. He has over 40 years of bank operations and finance experience in multiple community banking organizations. George earned his graduate degree in accounting from the University of Memphis and holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A). He grew up in St. Charles, Missouri and currently lives in Collierville, Tennessee with his wife, Pamela. He has two daughters and five grandchildren.