New “general on the hill’ Bruce Hopkins begins work with Campaign Cabinet

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins, President, West Tennessee Region for First Tennessee Bank is United Way’s 2013-14 General Campaign Chairman.

The General Campaign Chairman is a critical volunteer role which steers United Way’s effort to raise funds and support for our network improving education, financial stability and health across the 8-county Mid-South area.

Hopkins has been working with United Way staff since he accepted the role earlier this year. He led his first formal meeting with his Campaign Cabinet last Friday at United Way. The cabinet continues to grow as local leaders are volunteering to oversee fundraising efforts in different business segments of our community.

Having a leader from First Tennessee Bank is perfectly natural, as it is one of the strongest supporters of the United Way network, consistently ranking in our top five giving organizations for many years. First Tennessee has also provided key support as high level executives have served as volunteers on the United Way Board of Directors and helped United Way fundraising efforts at the bank. Hopkins has been with First Tennessee since 1985.

firsttennessee_logoBryan Jordan, CEO of First Tennessee’s parent company, First Horizon National Corporation, said Hopkins is a role model and active leader both in the Memphis community and within his business sector.

“He has great relationships with our customers and he’s got a great reputation with our bankers because he leads by example,” Jordan said.

“Each General Campaign Chairman has their own unique skills and qualities. Every year I look forward to meeting the new Chairman in anticipation of the attributes they bring,” said Faye Carter, Senior Vice President of Fundraising for United Way.

“This year Bruce Hopkins is our ‘general on the hill’ and I learned very quickly that he is a man of faith, loves people, and has a deep sense of concern for his fellow man. He has honed an incredible volunteer spirit as evidenced by the many hours he gives to the numerous nonprofit boards he serves. Bruce has a special place in his heart for people in need and a tender compassion for children,” Carter said.

“Bruce’s favorite quote is the same as mine, ‘by the grace of God, we all go…’.  Our United Way is blessed and is a much better organization for our relationship with Bruce Hopkins,” Carter added.

The United Way campaign begins later this summer with our formal Day of Caring campaign kickoff scheduled for August 23rd.

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