FIRST ADVANTAGE BANK LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS LENDING DIVISION TO MEET GROWING LOCAL DEMAND
Aggressive Bank Expands Niche Offerings in Nashville Commercial Lending Office


NASHVILLE – First Advantage Bank continues to expand its array of commercial products and services in Nashville with the launch of a small business lending division. The group is led by local veteran business banker and SBA specialist Michael Croom and will provide SBA loans and other customized lending services for Nashville area small businesses.

“The many entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Nashville area have been an important part of our early success and continued expansion in the market. This specialized, business-friendly division represents our commitment to and investment in our Nashville customers, and our concentrated area of focus,” said Earl Bradley, Chief Executive Officer for First Advantage Bank.

Croom will spearhead the new division as Vice President, SBA Division Manager and serve as the Nashville team’s resident expert in SBA lending. He has more than 20 years of banking experience,primarily in commercial and small business lending, including developing and managing a comprehensive SBA lending program at the Bank of Nashville, where he served as Vice President/SBA Lender. He also spent 15 years with Bank of America, directing the bank’s statewide SBA lending program in Tennessee. Croom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and completed the Tennessee Commercial Lending School at Vanderbilt University.