Executive Team

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Earl O. Bradley III
Chief Executive Officer

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Earl Bradley joined First Advantage Bank in 2005 as Chief Executive Officer. He has held various positions over his 30 year banking career. Bradley began his banking career at Third National Bank and Dominion Bank from 1978 to 1988 before founding Heritage Bank in Clarksville. Bradley grew Heritage Bank to $240 million in assets before it was acquired by Old National Bank in 2000. He held various executive posts with Old National Bank through 2001 and then shifted to entrepreneurial ventures in manufacturing, industrial building, logistics and commercial real estate development. Bradley maintains an active ownership role in several local companies, but has been dedicated since 2005 to leading First Advantage Bank as Clarksville's most innovative, customer-friendly bank. His personal sense of commitment to the institution stems partly from family ties that date back to the founding of First Federal Savings Bank in 1954.

Bradley is a Clarksville native and attended Clarksville High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State University and graduated from the Tennessee Bankers Association Commercial Lending School and the Bank Administration Institute School of Banking.

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John Halliburton

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John Halliburton joined First Advantage Bank in 2005 as President. During his 35-year career in banking, Halliburton has focused primarily on the management and production of commercial, consumer and mortgage lending. He began his career with First Trust & Savings Bank in 1974, rising to Vice President during 14 years of service. He was an organizer of Heritage Bank in Clarksville 1988, and served in various executive capacities in commercial lending from 2000 to 2005, after Heritage Bank was acquired by Old National Bank. Halliburton is a graduate of Clarksville High School, Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.

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Cindy Smith
Chief Marketing and Delivery Channels Officer

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Cindy Smith joined First Advantage Bank in 2010. Smith has more than 25 years of experience in financial services. In her role she is responsible for marketing, delivery channels, and human resources. Prior to joining First Advantage Bank, Smith served as the vice president of sales and marketing, mobile payments for Bling Nation, where she deployed RFID mobile payments in communities throughout the United States. Before this role, she was the vice president, card services at Patelco Credit Union where she managed a $145M card portfolio and led the card strategy for the credit union. At Technology Credit Union she was vice president, sales service, where she led the retail sales and service strategies launching service new credit union initiatives and products. Smith earned her Bachelor's in Human Relations and Master's degrees in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University San Francisco, CA.

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Randy Clouser
Chief Lending Officer

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Randy Clouser joined First Advantage as Chief Lending Officer in 2007. Clouser has more than 25 years of local commercial lending experience. A graduate from Austin Peay State University in 1978 and received professional training from the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt, the National Commercial Lending School and Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma. His community service is extensive, including Big Brothers & Big Sisters, APSU Alumni Association, CVB, Governor's Club, Rotary Club, Montgomery County Board of Health, Boy Scouts of America, Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Association, Delta Waterfowl, Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Clarksville.

Jerry Cooksey

Jerry Cooksey
Chief  Financial Officer

Jerry Cooksey oversees all of First Advantage Bank’s accounting, and operations, including internal policies and procedures, reporting, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining First Advantage Bank in 2012, Cooksey was Senior Vice President and Controller for First Security Group, Inc./FSGBank in Chattanooga, where he led reporting and accounting for the $1.1 billion bank and holding company. Before that he was Senior Vice President and CFO for Clayton Bank & Trust in Knoxville. Cooksey’s 20-year banking career includes executive management roles with other Tennessee-based institutions as well. Cooksey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and an MBA from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

Christy Caudill

Christy Caudill
Chief Operations Officer

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Christy Caudill joined the First Advantage leadership team in 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Caudill will oversee the bank’s operations, including deposit operations, loan administration, retail, information technology systems and facilities. Caudill worked at First Federal Savings Bank (now First Advantage Bank) from 2005 to 2010 in the IT and operations areas. Prior to re-joining First Advantage Bank, she was Senior Vice President of Treasury Management and Deposit Operations for Avenue Bank in Nashville. She also previously held senior roles at Nashville-based CapStar Bank. Earlier in her career, Caudill worked alongside several of the current First Advantage Bank executive team members while at Heritage Bank in Clarksville, and also held operations management roles with The Bank of Nashville, which was acquired to become Synovus. Caudill holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Austin Peay State University and earned certification in Project Management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.