Bill Yoder is excited to be in Corinth.
The community bank president at Trustmark National Bank in Corinth since the end of March, Yoder’s journey to the Cross City is one more than three decades in the making.
The Tullahoma, Tenn. native began his banking career directly out of college and was CEO of Southern Community Bank in Tullahoma which merged two years ago with SmartBank where he served as chief banking and deposit officer before his move to Corinth along with his wife – Corinth native Lane Williams Yoder.
The banker said 2020 has been a challenging year to get to know a new community, but he’s thrilled to be working and living in a vibrant and growing place and looking forward to continuing to get more involved.
“My first day on the job was the first day the bank lobby was closed (due to COVID),” he recalled.
Several months of closure before their recent reopening has made it hard to meet customers, but he’s enjoyed interacting and getting to know everyone as they’ve reopened the lobby and people have begun coming in.
“I’m really looking forward to getting involved and getting more active in the community,” he said.
Corinth was a perfect fit for Yoder and his wife as it gave them the opportunity to get closer to her family in a place he’d also come to love as they spent time visiting since they married in 2011.
“We just love a smaller town. It just felt like a natural fit,” he said.
The banker lights up as he talks about the long, winding road that led him to his wife and eventually to Corinth. The couple had their first date 25 years before their second date, he said.
After that single date in college, they would go their separate ways.
He lost his first wife to cancer in 2010. When he decided to begin dating again, he fondly recalled his friendship with Williams those many years ago and sought her out.
“I went looking for her on that dating site Linkedin,” he said with a laugh.
The connection through the popular business networking site not normally used for personal connections led to messages through it, Facebook and text and soon they were talking every day.
After six weeks of dating the second time around they were engaged and got married in November of 2011.
“I don’t have to buy a lottery ticket because I’ve won the lottery twice. I’ve been married to two wonderful women,” he said.
The couple shares two sons – Cooper, a junior at the University of the South and Spencer, a freshman currently taking his first year of classes online at MIT.
Yoder and his wife are renovating a historic Corinth home that was originally his wife’s grandmother’s house as he looks forward to getting involved and active in the community as more activities begin to restart with loosening of virus related restrictions, joining a civic club, working with The Alliance and being an active part of his new home.
“Corinth is such a special place,” he said.