Renasant enters Starkville market, taps Tomlinson

STARKVILLE — Renasant Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, Renasant Bank, is entering the Starkville banking market. Leading Renasant in Starkville will be banking veteran Tommy Tomlinson as Starkville Division president.

Prior to joining Renasant, Tomlinson served for 28 years as an executive banker for another regional bank.

Tomlinson attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. He also attended the Mississippi School of Banking, Installment and Commercial Lending Schools at Oklahoma University, Commercial Lending School at Vanderbilt University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

Tomlinson has contributed to the Starkville community through organizations such the Greater Starkville Development Partnership board (past chair), immediate past President of Rotary Club, Bulldog Club executive board member, board member of the [ITAL]Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal[ITAL] and chair-elect of the CREATE Foundation.

He and his wife, Melita, have three daughters, Dr. Kristen T. Fyke, Laura Tomlinson and Heather Scaggs.

Initially joining Tomlinson with Renasant’s entrance into Starkville will be Jim Ferguson as senior vice president and trust officer, and Jeff Overstreet as commercial lender and banking officer.

Prior to joining Renasant, Ferguson was senior vice president and Trust Department manager for another regional bank.

Ferguson attended the University of Mississippi, graduating with a B.S. in banking and finance. He also attended the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. He is a certified trust and financial advisor with 34 years experience, and is past chairman of the Mississippi Bankers Association Trust Committee.

He and his wife, Joyce, have one grown son, Hunter.

Overstreet has been with Renasant since June 2008, beginning his career as a management trainee. Prior to joining Renasant, Overstreet was at Mississippi State University where he was recognized as the Mississippi Bankers Association 2008 Swayze Scholar and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance.

Overstreet contributes to his community through organizations such as the MSU Alumni Board and as the director of Monday Rock Ministry at Calvary Baptist Church. He is also active in the Kiwanis Club, as a Church League basketball coach and in the Big Brother Big Sister program.

Overstreet is married to the former Rebekah Houston of Starkville, and they have one son, Brannan Overstreet.

The Starkville market entrance is Renasant’s eighth expansion over the past 12 months. On July, 1, Renasant’s announced its entrance into the Montgomery, Ala., banking market came just two days after it announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire RBC Bank (USA)’s Birmingham, Ala.-based $680-million asset Trust Division. In February, Renasant acquired the former American Trust Bank in Roswell, Ga., with $145 million in assets, from the FDIC as the receiver of American Trust. The acquisition added three branches in North Georgia and expanded Renasant’s network to 14 full-service locations in this market. During the first quarter of 2011, Renasant successfully completed the conversion of Crescent Bank & Trust of Jasper, Ga., with $1 billion in assets, which was acquired in an FDIC-assisted transaction during the third quarter of 2010.

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