ABA Banking Journal - March/April 2016 - (Page 38)
> PAUL WILLSON
A Passion for
Paul Willson, a bow-tie-wearing, fourthgeneration community banker, leads
ABA's Government Relations Council.
BY BRIAN NIXON
aul G. Willson is a fourth-generation community
banker who blends a passion for political advocacy
with a balanced and rational approach to public policy.
He's also a restless and intellectually curious life-long
learner, an avid reader of books with an appreciation
for history and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel.
These are strong attributes for the current chairman of
ABA's Government Relations Council, a position which, for
Willson, also includes a return engagement on the ABA Board
Willson is the chairman of Citizens National Bank, a closely
held Subchapter S bank in Athens, Tenn. Founded in 1908,
the institution has grown organically to $540 million in assets
through 10 offices and 140 employees serving the area of
the Great Valley of the Tennessee River between Knoxville
The bank's main focus is commercial lending, including
hospitality lending as well as making loans for the development
of industrial sites and to support manufacturers. This has
provided the bank with deep and broad demand deposit
account relationships. "We're big enough to service these
accounts," says Willson. The bank also provides wealth
management services and has $220 million in funds
'Unmatched energy and passion'
Willson worked at Citizens National Bank as a teller and
bookkeeper as a teen (his father, Hugh M. Willson, ran the bank
at the time). He returned to Citizens National in 1983, after
college (undergrad and grad at the University of Tennessee),
service with the U.S. Air Force and a four-year stint with
Commerce Union Bank in Nashville and Chattanooga.
ABA BANKING JOURNAL | MARCH/APRIL 2016
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - March/April 2016
LEARNING THROUGH LITERATURE
PUMPING IT UP
CRE AT A CROSSROADS
LAYING A FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION
A PASSION FOR ADVOCACY
WHY BANK CONSOLIDATION IN THE U.S. WILL LIFT OFF IN 2016
ABA COMPLIANCE CENTER INBOX
BOOKS FOR BANKERS
FROM THE STATES
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS
ABA Banking Journal - March/April 2016
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