Macon County Chronicle

Mike Whittemore Comes Home to Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Lafayette is pleased to announce Mike Whittemore is coming home to the bank.  A very experienced lender and bank manager, Mike re-joined Citizens on April 1st as a Senior Lender at the Main Office in Lafayette.  Whittemore, a native of Macon County, worked for Citizens Bank for 30 years before retiring as President in 2005. 

“We are thrilled to have Mike back at the bank, said Joe Carter, President of Citizens.  “He is an excellent loan officer and we know his customers will be happy to work with him again in Lafayette.”

Restless after two years of retirement, Whittemore joined Community Bank of Smith County in 2007 as head of their Smith County operation.  However, he kept his home and his family in Macon County.  The desire to be back in Lafayette close to his home and his family, and the lure of returning to a place in which he had invested so much time and energy, was too much for Whittemore to pass up.

“I am pleased to be able to return to Citizens,” said Whittemore.  “My heart is in this bank and Macon County, and I could not miss the opportunity to return home.  I invite all my customers to come see me at the bank.”

A 1971 graduate of Macon County High School, Whittemore attended Middle Tennessee State University, where he graduated in 1974.  He extended his education by attending the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University, and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.

“It isn’t often that a banker of Mike’s caliber comes along,” said Pete Williston, Citizens Bank’s CEO.  “He also has a strong knowledge of the Macon County market and our customer base.  We are extremely pleased to have him back on our team.”

Mike is married with two children.  His wife, Treasa is currently on leave from the Macon County Board of Education.  His sons, Ian, age 14, and Larken, age 12, attend Macon County Junior High.

Mike and his family are members of Cedar Bluff Missionary Baptist Church, where Mike serves as clerk.  A dedicated coach of the Piggly Wiggly Little League baseball team, Mike served as vice-president of that organization for five years.  He is also returning from the Carthage Rotary Club to the Lafayette Rotary Club, where he served as president in 2006-2007.