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Michael Nanney

A 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University has joined the Murfreesboro branch of First National Bank of McMinnville as a management trainee, according to a press release.

Michael Nanney, an alumnus of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, is currently serving as a teller at the Murfreesboro branch on Gateway Boulevard in the first phase of a training program that will include all aspects of the banking business.

“Nanney comes to us as a management trainee and was highly recommended to us by his professors at MTSU, having earned his business degree in May 2012,” said Tom Vance, chief executive officer of First National Bank.

Nanney has previous banking experience as a senior teller and financial services representative.

Over the next year, Nanney will be spending time in many different areas of the bank to gain exposure in all aspects of the financial institution.

“These areas will include customer service, credit analysis, loan review, commercial and consumer lending, information technology, accounting and general branch administration,” Vance said. “We are very pleased to welcome (him) to our ranks and know he will be a great addition to our staff.”

He noted Nanney has the background and ability to be a “great banker and leader” and the bank plans to afford him every opportunity to find his niche, as he begins his career with our financial institution.

Vance said he has known Nanney and his family for many years and has “witnessed this young man grow into a well-educated, responsible adult.” He added Nanney is the product of a Christian home, and he is rooted in a strong belief system of personal integrity and hard work.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work and learn from such veteran bankers,” Nanney said, adding he has known Vance for many years and feels privileged for a chance to work along side him.

Prior to working at First National Bank, Nanney served as treasurer for the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, as well as a leadership camp facilitator and peer educator during his time as a Blue Raider. He has also served as a volunteer basketball coach with the city of Murfreesboro.

Nanney said this opportunity is unique because it will allow him to work in every department within the bank to fully understand the daily operations.

“I am happy to serve my hometown community,” he said. 

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July 31, 2012 at 3:42pm
This is proof that if you work hard to build your resume while you are still in undergraduate school, you will have a much better chance practicing something directly out of school that you have earned a degree in. Most people do not realize how important it is to make connections and build relationships with their professors. Undergrad students must take full advantage of resources that are right in front of them. Students pay thousands of dollars a semester not only for the credit hours, but to have access to the people and resources the universities have to offer. Nanney did not just luck into this job, he obviously worked hard and established himself at MTSU. If his professors recommended him, he must have stood out in some way. Professors do not always judge a student on how well they scored on a test. Of course if a student does not want to be noticed and never participates or shows any interest in the subject, the professor will not acknowledge the student. Professors will often admit they will bump your A to a B if the student shows that they care and have done the absolute best they could throughout the course. Ask questions and get involved on campus. It is never too early to build that resume!
August 01, 2012 at 1:39pm
As a MTSU college student, I am happy and relieved to read stories like this one. Growing up, we were all told that going to college would guarantee us a job. In this day and age, we have all learned this is no longer true. Our professors tell us daily that we must be the best and keep connections with everyone we meet to make sure that we someday get a job. MTSU has hundreds of amazing teachers that have many connections around Middle Tennessee and Nashville. Michael Nanney is one of the lucky students who did well, created relationships and got involved with his community and was rewarded. Most students just try and get through school and don’t try as hard as they can, but instead just do enough to pass the class. Students need to realize that professors remember these actions. As students find a major and begin finishing the classes connected to this major, they need to try hard to impress their professors so that one day they will have them backing them up when trying to find a career. College isn’t just about graduating and getting a degree, its about trying hard and learning about yourself and your professors so that one day you will find a job that you are prepared for.
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