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Corporate Connect 4

Corporate Connect 4 events will create an environment for employers, students, and faculty to discuss internships, job openings, network, and learn more about the company and professional opportunities available in today’s economy. 

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Use Connect 4 to OPEN doors to your future. Take advantage of opportunities to:
- Practice your elevator pitch
- Explore internships
- Grow your network

As you read through the companies participating in Corporate Connect and the biographies of who will be here representing them, it is vital to utilize all the resources available to prepare for the week they will have a presence in the College of Business. If you are interested in positions with a company, curate your resume, and if you need feedback or assistance, reach out to the Center for Career Development. Students, you also have access to a wide range of business casual and professional clothes in the Business Professional Closet.

Wilson Bank & Trust, September 12 - 16

Schedule of Events

  • Monday
    • 1 pm, Business Intelligence with Susan Wells, guest speaker is Stephen Jaquish (CIO) 

  • Tuesday
    • 12 pm, Commercial Banking with Dr. Nunez, guest speakers are Philip Clemmons & Scott Jasper

    • 5:45 pm, Banking & Financial Services with Dean Payne, guest speaker is Philip Clemmons

  • Wednesday
    • 12 pm, Mgmt / Organizational Behavior with Dr. Camuti, guest speaker is Holleigh Upchurch

    • 2:30 pm, Comp Forensics & Investigations with Dr. Wells,  guest speakers are Elvis Huff & Jimmy Lasater

    • 5 pm, Banking Advisory Board with Dr. Nunez, guest speaker is Philip Clemmons

  • Thursday
    • 11 am, SAFE meeting, guest speaker is Steve Enoch

    • 11 am, AITP meeting, guest speakers are Sean Marra & Elvis Huff

    • 11 am - 1 pm, meet & greet with John McDearman and TnTech alumni currently enrolled in the Banker's Academy in the Kennon Student Commons

Guest Speaker Biographies

  • Stephen Jaquish, CIO

    Stephen Jaquish-SVP Chief Information Officer joined Wilson Bank & Trust in May 2015 as part of a long-term succession plan for the bank. On July 2, 2018 Executive management announced his promotion to SVP-Director of Technology and he was promoted to Chief Information Officer in September 2021. Prior to joining WBT, his last role was Chief Operating Officer of a bank in Athens, TN, spending 20 years coming up the ranks in Technology and Operations.

    Higher education includes a Business Administration Degree with honors from Tennessee Wesleyan College with dual emphasis of Finance/Economics. Banking formal education includes ICBA-Certified Community Bank Technology Officer, Southern Operations and Technology School, and Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. For several years, he has been a member of the TBA Strategic Technology and Security Conference committee and was the Chairman of this Conference in 2020.

    Recent professional focus has been on data governance, digital acceleration, and robotic process automation. Ensuring that technology improves the efficiency and experience of users is a passion that gets much attention.

    Outside of work, time is spent with Cristy his wife of 20 years, children Brylee age 14 and Bryce age 9. Hobbies are focused on outdoor activities including biking, hiking, camping, soccer, traveling to beaches and mountains. RV road tripping keeps the family entertained and ready for the next adventure.


  • Sean Marra

    Sean Marra is Wilson Bank and Trust’s Technology Manager. He leads the daily operations of the technology group for the organization. Sean joined Wilson Bank and Trust in in 2021. He has almost 20 years of experience in technology since starting his banking career in 2003.


  • Philip Clemmons

    Philip Clemmons is a vice president and office manager at Wilson Bank & Trust, overseeing all aspects of banking at WBT’s Cookeville office.

    Clemmons has served in managerial positions at Wilson Bank & Trust for 13 years, and managed the bank’s second-highest office in terms of transaction volume prior to moving to the Cookeville market in 2015. After completing the bank’s management training program in 2007, he worked as a lender as well as a manager and assistant manager, and ranked among the organization’s top mortgage producers. He began his banking career at Wilson Bank & Trust more than 16 years ago.

    A Lebanon High School graduate, Clemmons earned a degree in finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is also a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

    Clemmons is active in the Cookeville community as a volunteer with Friends of Scouting; as treasurer of the Highland Economic Partnership; as treasurer of the Highlands Foundation; as a board member of Cookeville Putnam Co. Chamber of Commerce; as past treasurer and board member of Putnam County Habitat for Humanity; and as a member of the Noon Rotary Club. He is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Putnam and TTU’s Highlands Leaders program, and he received Wilson Bank & Trust’s Mike Baker Community Service Award in 2018.

    Clemmons and his wife, Laura, have been married for 14 years and live in Cookeville with their two children, daughter Anna Rose (8) and son Jack Martin (4). Philip enjoys Tennessee Titans Football, running and spending time with his family.


  • Elvis Huff

    Elvis Huff is Vice President – Director of Security/Information Security Officer for Wilson Bank and Trust (WB&T) and has been with the bank since 2016. Prior to joining the bank he was an officer and network administrator for 12 years at Lebanon Police Department. During his time at LPD, Elvis was instrumental in implementing mobile computers in police vehicles and managing compliance with CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Systems) regulations and audits. Additionally, Elvis managed infrastructure for 24/7/365 emergency operations. LPD’s systems and controls were designated as a “model agency” by their regulators, for other agencies to follow. Elvis has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Elvis has a master’s degree in IT security and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in business administration. He has professional certifications in IT and certifications in cellphone and mobile device forensics. Elvis is also a member of FBI Infragard, Homeland Security’s Cyber Finance Working Group (CFWG) and President of the Nashville BUNCO - critical infrastructure information sharing networks. In the community, Elvis has volunteered as a guest lecturer with school districts, provided IT consulting for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and is involved in Sherry’s Hope and is a board member with EAA Chapter 863, an aviation non-profit, and Living Sent Ministries. Elvis, and his wife Jessica have been married for 12 years and have 2 boys, Finn (9) and Silas (2.5). He and his family enjoy going on family outings. Elvis and his family attend The Bridge Fellowship Church in Lebanon.


  • Scott Jasper, EVP, Retail Banking

    Scott joined Wilson Bank & Trust as a collections officer in October 1997. Prior to being named executive vice president of retail banking, he had served as a loan officer, office manager, regional president and senior vice president of retail banking. Scott has earned industry diplomas from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU; the Southeastern School of Banking; the Southeastern School of Consumer Credit; the Southeastern Schools of Commercial Lending and Advanced Commercial Lending; and the Tennessee Bankers Leadership Academy.

    Beyond banking:
    Outside of the bank, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, in addition to volunteering with several community organizations.

  • John McDearman, CEO

    After joining Wilson Bank in 1998, McDearman worked as a commercial lender and then a branch manager. He later returned to the Main Office in a lending role, and eventually served as a regional president before succeeding Elmer Richerson as president in 2018.

    Beyond banking:
    From his mom, John inherited a competitive spirit and a love for golf, which he's also passed along to his own children. John was a collegiate golfer and played in an OVC Championship at Tennessee Tech.

  • Holleigh Upchurch

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