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CedarStone Bank executive has been helping Middle Tennessee customers since 1950

Middle Tennessee has experienced incredible economic growth over the past five years. Just imagine how much it’s grown over the past 65 years.

One man – and perhaps only one man -- can tell you. William “Willie” McDonald is celebrating his 65th consecutive year in the Middle Tennessee banking industry, the last 11 of those years as Business Development Officer for CedarStone Bank, the bank founded by his son, Bob.

“It’s an honor to continue to work alongside my father,” Bob McDonald said. “Willie is a banking legend in this state. And the relationships he has cultivated and nurtured over the past 65 years have helped CedarStone grow into a bank that our customers know and trust.”

The McDonald's At CedarStone Bank - three generations of Middle Tennessee bankers 

Pictured Above - Robert L. McDonald, Jr., Willie McDonald and Bob McDonald

Willie McDonald launched his banking career in Nashville in 1950 with Third National Bank, which later became SunTrust. He worked for Third National and SunTrust for 53 years, then had a brief stint at Regions Bank before coming to CedarStone when the bank opened its doors in 2004.

“I watched Third National grow in the 1950s so it’s been exciting with CedarStone to again be part of something at the very start and watch it grow,” McDonald said.

Last year McDonald was selected by the Tennessee Bankers Association for its Leadership in Banking Excellence Award. The award, which recognizes exceptional bankers throughout the state’s history, includes a permanent display in the TBA headquarters building. McDonald has twice been named the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Business Man of the Year and in 2010, he received a proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives as the Honorary “Mayor of Donelson.”

The accolades are nice but what keeps McDonald coming back to his office every morning is the opportunity to help people and foster relationships that are long lasting.

“I always open a conversation by asking ‘Who’s your banker?’” McDonald said. “And I would say 80 percent of the people I ask tell me they don’t have a personal contact at their bank.

“So developing relationships is the key. Oftentimes our customers need somebody to listen to them and give counsel or advice. We not only talk about finances but we talk about life. We can be a sounding board that they know and trust.”

McDonald’s grandson, Robert L. McDonald, Jr., serves as CedarStone’s Relationship Manager in its Donelson office, giving the family three generations of Middle Tennessee bankers.

“From my grandfather I learned the value of customer service and building long-lasting relationships,” Robert McDonald said. “It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps -- and my father’s footsteps -- and both of them inspire me to work harder every day.”

Willie McDonald has not only helped hundreds of businesses with their financial needs but also mentored dozens of bankers over the years, including CedarStone Executive Vice President Hank Stuart, whose first job in banking was under McDonald at Third National.

“I am grateful for all that he has taught me,” Stuart said. “He continues to outwork us all and like I have always said, ‘Willie works by walking around.’”

Indeed, customers can still find McDonald walking around, whether it’s in the bank lobby, in customers’ offices or at community gatherings around the area. And McDonald is thrilled to take part in CedarStone’s latest venture, a new, state-of-the-art branch location in Donelson.

“It’s still exciting to watch a new branch open its doors for its customers,” he said. “Banking has changed in a lot of ways in 65 years but, in some ways, it hasn’t. You have to keep up with technology or it’s going to go off and leave you. But that doesn’t mean you lose the personal relationship that so many of your customers are accustomed to.

“I’m proud to be a banker. And I’m proud to call Middle Tennessee my home.”

McDonald, who was born in Monterey, moved to Nashville in 1938. He and his wife, Helen, have been married 62 years and have two sons (Bob and Bill), five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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We Are Simply Moving August 10

CedarStone is opening its new Donelson branch! Our new location is:

2800 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(at the intersection of Lebanon Pike and Donelson Pike)

Our last day at the current branch (2900 Donelson Pike) will be Friday, August 7. The branch will be closed on Saturday, August 8, and then we will be open for business at the new branch on Monday, August 10.

The new hours for the branch will be:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Donelson branch will have multiple drive-thru lanes featuring the new Smart ATM with these great capabilities:

  • Make Deposits Anytime
  • Save time – no filling out deposit slips
  • Environmentally friendly – avoids wasting paper
  • Cash deposits available immediately*
  • Get cash up to the amount available to you at the ATM

Here’s how to make a deposit:

  • Insert your ATM card and use your PIN
  • Verify the deposit on the screen
  • Finalize the transaction

This branch will also feature an enclosed night drop.

For more information on our new Donelson branch please call 615-874-1444.

*1 - Availability of funds governed by account agreement. 
2 - Check cashing services may not be available for some checks. 
3 - Maximum amount that you may receive for a check cashed at a CedarStoneSmart ATM is determined by various factors, including any cash limits imposed by the ATM or your card, and the amount and types of currency in the ATM at the time of transaction.

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Congrats Kali Meyer Holder - Wilson County Teacher of the Year

Congrats to Kali Meyer Holder, 7th grade math teacher at Walter J. Baird Middle School for being selected as the 2014-15 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. CedarStone Bank employees gathered to congratulate her soon after the award presentation Friday night at Cumberland University.

Picture above with Kali (from left) John B. Bryan, Debbie Whited, Robert McDonald and Bob McDonald. The Teacher of the Year program was started some 18 years ago by CedarStone Bank president Bob McDonald and W.P. Bone III, owner of Wilson County Motors.

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CedarStone Bank Internship For Wilson County Students

Do you need an internship? Do you want to potentially find your perfect internship in five minutes or less AND not have to move away from home? Then you MUST attend the upcoming Collegiate Connections Speed Networking Internship Event held at Cumberland University's Baird Chapel on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 hosted by the Leadership Wilson Class of 2015 and sponsored by Cumberland University.

SPACE IS LIMITED and you MUST RSVP ( by Monday, April 13th!

How It Works

You will speed network with a variety of Wilson County businesses who are currently seeking a summer or fall intern. There will be for-profit businesses seeking paid internships and some non-profits offering unpaid internships.

There will be additional traditional networking time before and after the "main event." Lunch will be generously provided for free by Cumberland University, and the event is free of charge for both college students and business participants.

We will send you a “Know Before You Go” prior to the event to help you prepare and put your best foot forward. In the mean time, here is the tentative event timeline:

12:00 – 12:30 – Registration, Lunch, Casual Networking

12:30 – 1:30 – Speed Networking Event

1:30 – 2:00 – Additional Networking Opportunity (For further elbow rubbing with your ideal employers!)


You are eligible if you attend college in Wilson County or are a Wilson County resident currently enrolled in any college or university (no matter the location) for your sophomore, junior or senior year.

Register Now

Register today ( to reserve your spot. You do not want to miss out on this amazing and exclusive access to Wilson County's top internship providers! Don't forget the deadline is Monday, April 13th and RSVPs are REQUIRED! Get an internship FAST!

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Questions? Contact Melynda Bounds ​at ​ or Amber Hurdle at

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Justin Duncan completes Capstone Experience Program at CedarStone Bank Donelson Branch

Pictured above with Justin is Donelson Branch Manager Lisa Brown and Relationship Manager Robert McDonald.

Recently Justin Duncan, senior at McGavock High School completed over 40 hours with CedarStone Bank in the Capstone Experience program. Justin has been involved in the program at the Donelson Branch since October 2014. A Capstone experience is a project that allows students to learn about themselves by moving an idea or dream toward a topic of interest, specialization, community need, or career choice.

McGavoch Senior Justin Duncan completes Capstone Program Experience with Cedarstone Bank Donelson Branch

The entire Donelson Branch congratulated McGavock senior Justin Duncan recently on his completion of the Capstone Experience program at CedarStone Bank. Pictured from left to right is Willie McDonald, Naaman Stillwell, Marilyn Kaczmarski, Kati Barbeau, Justin Duncan, Lisa Brown, Layla Hejazi and Robert McDonald. 

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