J. Thomas (Tommy) Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Citizens Building and Loan (CBL) of Greer, will retire effective December 31, 2016, according to CBL Board Chairman Ralph W. Johnson III. CBL Executive Vice President Jennifer T. Jones of Greer has been named to succeed him as president and CEO.
Johnson will continue to work with CBL as a consultant to its officers, employees and board of directors. Johnson expressed his sincere gratitude for the support of the board and employees of CBL. “It has been my privilege to have served the Greer community and to grow the financial strength of this century old mutual institution in its mission of service to its members.”
In his current position since 2009, Johnson has also served on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta as well as Lexington-based First Community Corporation. Johnson has served on a host of national, regional and community boards and currently chairs the board of the Palmetto State Growth Fund. He is a 2007 recipient of the Order of the Palmetto.
“During his years with us, Tommy’s many contributions to the bank have been invaluable,” said Board Chairman Johnson. “He leaves us in an excellent position going forward. That being said, I can’t think of a better, more qualified person to follow him than Jennifer Jones.”
Jones joined CBL in 2000 and has been promoted to positions of increasing responsibility during her tenure. Her current role includes supervising the bank’s team of loan officers and administrative professionals; researching and implementing new products, procedures and regulations; assisting with daily bank operations; and acting as liaison with the board of directors.
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me,” said Jones. “I am completely committed to the ongoing success of CBL and the Greater Greer community, and I will continue drawing on the experience I’ve gained in both places to work for their mutual benefit.”
A graduate of Presbyterian College and banking schools in South Carolina and Colorado, Jones was named Outstanding Young Banker for 2016 by the South Carolina Bankers Association. A native of Greer, she is a long-time community volunteer, active in her local school, church and other civic organizations.
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