Deborah Fry was recently awarded the certified financial marketing professional designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C.
The designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of financial services marketing. To qualify for the certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the financial marketing professional and agree to abide by a code of ethics.
Fry is the Internet branch manager for First National Bank of Sharp County. She began her career with the bank in 1991 as a teller at the Hardy office. She later served as loan professor, branch assistant and loan secretary at this office. In 1998, Fry transferred to the Ash Flat office as administrative assistant to the SVP/branch administrator, EVP of operations, and the VP of marketing in 1999.
She began her career in the marketing department as marketing coordinator and was promoted to the Internet branch manager in 2001, where she manages the bank's Web site (www.fnbsharpcounty.com), Internet banking package, and portal.
"Deborah has demonstrated a willingness to learn new things and to achieve this status is an example of that," said Charles Morris, vice president of marketing at First National Bank of Sharp County. "The bank strongly encourages continuing education and I'm proud of Deborah's dedication to it."
Fry graduated from Highland High School and has completed her degree from the School of Bank Marketing and Manage-ment in Boulder, Colo. She was elected vice president of communications for her school of bank marketing class and assisted the American Bankers' Association with the planning of the following school year. She is also working toward her general banking degree and has completed lending school.
Fry has attended a number of professional development courses, including leadership effectiveness training, FrontPage, Internet banking, and expanding customer service.
She and her husband, Dan, reside in Ash Flat with their three daughters -- Brittany, Courtney and Leanne. They attend Highland First Assembly of God.
First National Bank of Sharp County is a $240 million institution with locations in Ash Flat (2) Cherokee Village, Hardy, Salem and Melbourne.