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10 selecttraveler.com J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 BY ELIZA MYERS B onnie McCown started her career in banking not because of a well-thought-out career path but rather in response to her father's disapproval. "I was driving back and forth to Huntsville for my job at SCI Technology," said McCown, assistant vice president of the First National Bank of Pulaski. "My dad didn't want me driving that far. You know how fathers are. It's an hour's drive." To help pacify her father, McCown took a job at the Union National Bank in Fayetteville, Tennessee, in 1974. Despite the unorthodox reason for taking the job, McCown built a career around her fondness for cus- tomer service, which eventually enabled her to travel extensively with First National Bank of Pulaski's Heritage Club. "I love my customers," said McCown. "I love to help people. Our trav- elers love to be spoiled, and we love to spoil them. Travel is just a minor Born: Fayetteville, Tennessee Employment: In 1974, McCown accepted her first banking position at the Union National Bank in Fayetteville. She left for a new First National Bank branch opening in Fayetteville in 1991. Family: McCown has been married to her husband, Larry, for 46 years. The couple has one son and one grand- son, with a second grandbaby due in October. Hobbies: McCown enjoys spending time with family and traveling. Opened in 1938, the First National Bank of Pulaski has expanded over the years from Pulaski, Tennessee, to include 12 locations in Tennes- see and Alabama. The bank's Heri- tage Club started in 1987 and now boasts 2,800 members. Customers 50 years or older with balances of at least $5,000 can join. FAYETTEVILLE, TENNESSEE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF PULASKI part of my job, but it's also a really fun part." McCown may not have foreseen her career trajectory, but she revels in discovering new hidden gems for her constantly growing Heritage Club. H U M B L E B E G I N N I N G S When McCown joined First National Bank of Pulaski in 1991, not only did she not have a corner office, there wasn't even a building. "ey had just opened the new branch in Fayetteville when I trans- ferred," said McCown. "We started out in a trailer, so there weren't very many of us. Needless to say, we grew very fast." Soon McCown began traveling with the Heritage Club on the invita- tion of Melinda Hughey, now owner of a bank marketing and commu- nications firm called the RH Factor. Hughey was the bank's marketing director at that time. BONNIE MCCOWN ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT checking in W I T H B O N N I E M C C O W N The Heritage Club prepares for a swamp tour together.

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