Ken Lancaster is back in Corinth and ready to build relationships with customers at First American Bank’s new lending office.
The Corinth native and longtime banker is excited to be at the helm of the new office which opened last November on Cruise Street offering full-service commercial, residential, construction, auto, home and other lending products.
“It’s all about relationships,” said Lancaster. “That’s what sets us apart.”
A Corinth High School graduate, Lancaster spent 10 years in public accounting in Jackson before coming home, originally working on the business side of a major outdoor sign business before transitioning into banking. He spent 16 years with Trustmark National Bank before making the leap to First American in the fall of 2019
He said he feels he’s found a home at First American filled with community-oriented people who are enthusiastic and excited about their jobs and helping customers.
First American CEO Tommy Chamblee said Lancaster was the perfect choice to lead the new office because of his deep roots and relationships in the community. He said they wanted someone who was invested in the community and capable of continuing and building relationships to serve customers.
Chamblee said First American is a locally owned bank which was born in Tishomingo County and has expanded to communities throughout the region while continuing to focus on a hometown style of banking that gives their employees the ability to get to know their customers and meet their needs where they are. They bring the latest technology including high-tech online banking and apps and the size to get things done for customers while maintaining the small-town style of personal connections.
He said that personal touch allows them to make decisions based on the individual instead of those decisions being made in some far away place where those in charge don’t really know the person and their personal history and needs.
Lancaster’s believes strongly in community involvement, a value he shares with the bank. He’s been a member of the Corinth Rotary Club for more than 26 years, a member of the board of United Way of Corinth-Alcorn and has served on various committees with The Alliance. He’s looking forward to continuing to get more and more involved again.
Chamblee said the key to banking is for customers to feel connected to their banks and the banks’ employees. When you know they understand they’re banking with an individual who his truly there to help they’ll keep coming back.
He said as the new Corinth lending office grows, they have plans to eventually expand to a full service branch in the city where the can provide more services to meet the needs of their customers.