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First Tennessee promotes Bo Allen to president, Bruce Hopkins to chairman for West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30. Bruce Hopkins, who has been First Tennessee’s West Tennessee president since 2011, will become chairman of the region. 

Bo Allen
Bo Allen has been promoted to president of First Tennessee Bank's West Tennessee region

Bruce Hopkins
Bruce Hopkins has been promoted to chairman of First Tennessee Bank's West Tennessee region

“Bruce has been an energetic, committed, highly engaged leader of our outstanding West Tennessee banking team, and we are very pleased that he will continue to provide leadership as chairman of the region that includes our largest market and our corporate headquarters city,” said David Popwell, president of banking for First Tennessee’s parent company, First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN). “Bo brings a wealth of experience and natural leadership skills to our executive team.  We are pleased to promote such a talented banker from our team to the president’s role.”

Bo Allen, 48, will report to David Popwell as West Tennessee president. He joined First Tennessee in 2009 as EVP and manager of commercial banking for West Tennessee. He has almost 25 years of banking experience and serves on the boards of ArtsMemphis, Christian Brothers University and The Orpheum Theatre. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Mississippi and his MBA from CBU.  He and his wife Elizabeth have three boys.   

Bruce Hopkins, 66, will provide community leadership, mentoring and business development in his role as West Tennessee chairman. He joined First Tennessee 30 years ago and managed private client, trust and wealth management before being named West Tennessee president in April 2011. Hopkins has served on the boards of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ALSAC, ArtsMemphis, Trezevant Manor, the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, the 100 Club of Memphis and the New Memphis Institute. He was general campaign chair of United Way of the Mid-South in 2013 and received the Golden Eagle Award for outstanding community service from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis in 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va., and is a graduate of the LSU School of Banking. He and his wife Janie have three boys and just had their first grandchild. 

About First Tennessee
First Tennessee Bank is the largest bank headquartered in Tennessee, with the number one deposit market share in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and the Tri-Cities and a top-five deposit market share in Nashville. The FTB Advisors wealth management group has 313 financial advisors and $25 billion in assets under administration.  First Tennessee was founded during the Civil War in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. First Tennessee, FTN Financial and FTB Advisors are part of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN), which has 4,300 employees and is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. First Horizon has been recognized as one of the nation's best employers by Working Mother and American Banker. More information is available at


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