Lebanon, Tennessee; November 19, 2009 — CedarStone Bank announced today the addition of John B. Bryan to the bank’s main office staff in Lebanon. Bryan will serve as Vice-President and Business Development Officer. He comes to CedarStone Bank from MainStreet Media, LLC., where he was publisher of The Wilson Post.
Bob McDonald, President and CEO of CedarStone Bank, said, “We are very pleased to welcome John to our staff. Not only will he be an asset from a business development standpoint, but he also brings a long-standing commitment to community service. In such a close-knit community, that’s important.”
According to Hank Stuart, Executive Vice President of CedarStone Bank, “John brings a unique perspective to working with local businesses. Having owned his own business for many years, he understands the challenges business owners are facing today and their need for financial services that are flexible. He knows most of the local business owners personally and will be a great resource for them.”
Bryan, a life-long Lebanon resident and entrepreneur, began his career in newspaper publishing more than 26 years ago. Along with his brothers and a close family friend, he acquired The Wilson World, a weekly community newspaper published in Lebanon in 1981, while attending college at Middle Tennessee State University. In May of 2003, Bryan and his partners sold the operation to MainStreet Media, LLC.; Bryan has served as publisher of The Wilson Post since that time.
Bryan and his wife of 21 years, Kim (McCrary), owned and operated their own company for 14 years before selling the business in 2002. He also has experience in the financial services industry, having been a licensed insurance agent since 1984. Bryan is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon where he has served as President (’86), and Lt. Governor (’88) of Division II of the Kentucky-Tennessee District. He is an active youth coach in baseball, football and basketball.
Bryan served on the board of directors of Liberty State Bank, a local community bank, since 2006.
Bryan also serves on the board of directors of Cedarcroft Home Inc., a non-profit boarding home for men. He and his family attend College Hills Church of Christ where he serves as a deacon. The Bryans have three children: Megan Elizabeth, a freshman at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville; Mallory Kate, a sophomore at Friendship Christian School; and John Ross, a second-grader at Friendship Christian School.
Bryan said about his new position, “I am looking forward to working with CedarStone Bank, its customers and developing new business relationships. I have been involved in the Lebanon business community since the early 1980s and I feel I can easily relate to the needs of business owners in our community. I’m excited to get started.”
Mr. Bryan’s position with the bank is effective December 1.
CedarStone Bank has offices in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson.