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First Farmers Names Onita Porter Chief Audit Officer

Today, First Farmers announced the hire of Onita Smith Porter who will serve as Chief Audit Officer for the bank. In her new role, Porter will oversee all of the internal and external auditing functions for the financial institution.

Porter is a seasoned financial analyst and auditor, most recently serving as the Director of the CPA Examination Review Board for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Prior to her work with NASBA, Porter served as Senior Financial Reporting Analyst for LifePoint Hospitals as well as a Staff Auditor with Deloitte and Touche, LLC. Porter began her career as an English teacher in the Rutherford County School system in Murfreesboro, TN.

“We are delighted to welcome Onita Porter to the First Farmers family.” said T. Randy Stevens, Chairman and CEO of First Farmers and Merchants Bank. “At First Farmers, our biggest strength is our team of professionals who are dedicated to the communities they serve. We believe Onita’s experience and professional background will be a tremendous asset to the bank as we continue our expansion efforts across middle Tennessee.”

After graduating from Marshall County High School, Porter attended Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is currently pursuing the designation as a Certified Internal Auditor awarded by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Porter is an active member with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Tennessee Society of CPA’s.

Porter, her husband Bryant, and their daughter Caylee recently moved back to Marshall County. Bryant coaches girls softball and boys’ basketball at Cornersville Middle School, and Caylee attends Martin Methodist College on a softball scholarship.

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