Pieter van Vuuren has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of First National Bank of McMinnville/Murfreesboro, according to a press release.
Van Vuuren is stepping up from executive vice president. He also serves as assistant coach for Middle Tennessee State University rugby team.
“I am very honored to be named to the position of president and chief operating officer of a bank the size and financial strength of First National Bank,” van Vuuren said. “I am excited about this new chapter in my professional career, and I am dedicated to serve the customers and shareholders of the bank to the best of my ability for years to come."
He is replacing Randy Fletcher, who resigned to return to his Springfield home due to family health issues.
“Pieter is an outstanding individual that the board (of directors) feels has the ability to help lead the bank to even greater heights in the years to come,” Chairman Levoy Knowles said. “The board is always pleased to be able to promote from within, and we feel he is an excellent choice for his new role.”
A native of Pretoria, South Africa, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, van Vuuren played two years of professional rugby before coming to the United States. He attended MTSU and earned his certified public accountant certification.
In 2001, he joined the accounting firm of Maggart and Associates in Nashville. During his tenure at the firm, van Vuuren primarily worked in the banking industry, performing various services for clients in the industry. He was promoted eight years later to partner at the firm.
VanVuuren joined First National Bank in May 2010.