TBA serves as a trusted resource that elevates the banking industry through advocacy, education, strengthening relationships, and speaking as a unified voice.
History and Current Activities
The Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) is a trade association established to serve the needs of the state’s banks, thrift institutions, and trust companies. Among other activities, the Association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions.
The TBA held its organizational meeting and first annual convention on October 13, 1890, in Memphis. Today, more than 175 Tennessee banks, thrift institutions, and trust companies belong to the Association. In addition, TBA has more than 200 associate members. Associate membership is available to out-of-state banks as well as commercial firms that market products or services to the members of the association.
Each year, the TBA conducts approximately 70 information, education, and training programs. Among these are the TBA Annual Meeting, Independent Bankers Division Convention, and the TBA Leadership Convention, held annually. The TBA conducts three banking schools—The Southeastern Schools of Banking, Commercial Lending, and Consumer Lending. These schools enroll students from around the Southeast and enjoy the endorsement of several other southeastern bankers associations.
Since 1913, the Tennessee Bankers Association has published The Tennessee Banker, a bimonthly magazine covering association programs and events, important industry trends, news about member banks and their employees, and regulatory information. Each branch office of TBA member institutions and all associate members receive a complimentary copy of the publication as a benefit of membership.
On the legislative and legal fronts, TBA keeps members informed of rapid developments in the financial industry. The association coordinates legislative programs on both the national and state levels, provides regulatory information to member institutions, researches legal questions posed by members, and serves as a liaison between member banks and the state and federal governing bodies and regulatory agencies. The This Week newsletter contains critical, current news and information to advise TBA members of action to take on behalf of the industry. The Regulatory Bulletin provides information about the activities of the bank regulatory agencies.
Financial Products and Services, Inc, (FinancialPSI), the wholly owned insurance agency of the TBA, offers insurance coverage and employee benefit plans tailored specifically for Tennessee banks. These include group medical and life insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) plans, supplemental retirement and survivor benefits for key employees and directors, long-term care insurance, estate planning and consultation, seminar programs for bank customers, and business continuation programs, as well as property and casualty insurance, financial institution bond, and directors’ and officers’ liability through several well known insurance companies.
Additional membership benefits include an annual salary survey, access to employment advertising and resumes of job-seekers, and complimentary copies of the TBA Bankers Directory, which is published annually.
As today’s financial industry grows, changes, and faces new challenges, so does the Tennessee Bankers Association. The TBA continually strives to evaluate, improve, and increase its programs and services to meet the needs of its member institutions.