Effective April 8th all Tennessee and Northwest Georgia retail locations and mortgage services have been sold to FirstBank. If you have questions regarding your accounts or the sale, please contact FirstBank directly at (855) 917-8265. To access your online banking services, please visit www.firstbankonline.com

Eshe Evans



Eshe headshot

Eshe Evans

Helping others advance in their careers is how Eshe Evans has found fulfillment in her own. Eshe has attained a high degree of professional achievement, advancing to become Senior Vice President at Atlantic Capital. Nevertheless, she finds her greatest sense of accomplishment not in climbing the corporate ladder, but in bringing others along with her.

 

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

Education: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (M.B.A.)

Current Position: SVP, Portfolio Management

Eshe Evans has been conscientious with money for as long as she can remember. As a child, she meticulously saved her birthday money every year and when her older siblings wanted to borrow money from her, she made them sign carefully prepared contracts with compounding interest. To this day, her family has no idea where she got her innate sense of banking that, according to Eshe, “has always been there.”

In addition to her affinity for the world of finance, she has learned the importance of a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and using her intuition to help herself and businesses flourish. Today, Eshe is the Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management at Atlantic Capital. With over 13 years of banking experience, Eshe is comfortable with who she is but she never stops pushing herself to greater heights.

Meet Eshe Evans: she’s a woman and she leads.

How did you begin your career?

My father was a scientist and I loved to experiment growing up. In high school, I thought I was on track to become a chemical engineer until AP Chemistry began to unravel my plan. My dad was honest with me and told me I wouldn’t be satisfied as a chemical engineer if I didn’t love the coursework in my AP class. I took his words to heart and decided to set my sights elsewhere. In college, I decided to go back to my financial interests from childhood, and pursued a business degree with a concentration in accounting.

I launched my career at JPMorgan Chase. After eight years, I had grown from a commercial banking analyst to an underwriter.

How did you end up at Atlantic Capital?

Even though I was successful at my job, I knew I wouldn’t grow unless challenged. I wanted to expand my professional opportunities. A coworker at JPMorgan Chase referred me to Atlantic Capital in 2012 when they learned of a position that would be a natural next step in my career path. I’ve been at Atlantic Capital ever since. I came on as an Assistant Vice President to develop and lead the portfolio management function and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2017.

Tell us what you do as a Portfolio Manager.

My primary job is to make sure the bank remains strong and healthy and that the credit solutions we provide to our clients are structured appropriately. I have my finger on the pulse of all our borrowers and every day varies based on our customers’ needs and unique challenges. I oversee a team of seven who provide a high level of service to our bankers and clients to help ensure that these challenges are dealt with in a way that not only helps keeps the Bank successful, but our clients as well.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

In college, I worked at a center for students with learning disabilities. One of the most difficult accounting courses was Financial Accounting—everyone struggled with it, including one of my students at the learning center. I spent numerous hours throughout the semester with him to ensure he understood the concepts backwards and forwards. He finished the course with an A, which is better than I did. You can say the student became the master and I was more proud of him because I knew his particular challenges that he was able to overcome.

Professionally, I’ve enjoyed a good degree of success over the years. I get to help businesses close multi-million dollar loans, which enables them to grow their business. I’m part of them reaching their dreams. However, my real sense of success and pride comes from developing junior talent. I’m most proud when I catch wind of their successes. Recently, two employees I hired were promoted to Vice President positions at the Bank. I was ecstatic. I’ve appreciated how others invested in me and now I get to pay it forward by investing in my team.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My coworkers know all too well my love for baking. I bring cookies, cupcakes, and pies to the office, but my true passion is cakes. I’ve taken cake decorating courses and recently got to showcase a unique design. The office had a chili cook-off and instead of bringing chili, I crafted a cake to resemble a crock pot full of chili. People loved it and that made my day. I like to think that baking and decorating cakes is my way of going to back to experimenting as I did as a child with my dad, just with more flour and sugar!

How do you balance work with your personal life?

It’s not as easy as many might suggest. Work and life sometimes blend and encroach on each other. A large part of my decision to move to Atlantic Capital was the culture. I have worked for institutions that encouraged prioritizing work over personal matters but Atlantic Capital encourages both excellence and equanimity. It’s up to you to take control of your time while simultaneously, making sure your clients are properly served.

I don’t know if I’ve achieved balance, but I have learned to draw boundaries. It started with me not checking emails after a certain time in the evening. I’ve been able to create windows of time for myself where I can and I’m highly protective of them. I’ve learned that to be the best for my clients also means I need to make sure I’m committed to my well-being.

What advice would you give to women starting their careers?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take on new challenges. It’s a step towards growing and proves you are determined to get things done the right way. Be comfortable with yourself and be confident. Above all, surround yourself with people cheering for you, both mentors and peers. Help yourself, help your friends, and be prepared to meet challenges and fill new positions when they arise.

Eshe Evans is well rounded and understands what a healthy risk looks like. She is an essential contributor to Atlantic Capital’s culture of growth and encouragement as she helps others develop their talent. Because women like Eshe take the lead, Atlantic Capital is able to help clients bank in the right direction.

 

Address Book Address Card adjust Alarm Clock align-center align-justify align-left align-right Allergies ambulance American Sign Language Interpreting Anchor Angle Double Down Angle Double Left Angle Double Right Angle Double Up angle-down angle-left angle-right angle-up Archive Alternate Arrow Circle Down Alternate Arrow Circle Left Alternate Arrow Circle Right Alternate Arrow Circle Up Alternate Arrow Down Alternate Arrow from Bottom Alternate Arrow from Left Alternate Arrow from Right Alternate Arrow from Top Alternate Arrow Left Alternate Arrow Right Alternate Arrow Square Down Alternate Arrow Square Left Alternate Arrow Square Right Alternate Arrow Square Up Alternate Arrow to Bottom Alternate Arrow to Left Alternate Arrow to Right Alternate Arrow to Top Alternate Arrow Up Arrow Circle Down Arrow Circle Left Arrow Circle Right Arrow Circle Up arrow-down Arrow from Bottom Arrow from Left Arrow from Right Arrow from Top arrow-left arrow-right Arrow Square Down Arrow Square Left Arrow Square Right Arrow Square Up Arrow to Bottom Arrow to Left Arrow to Right Arrow to Top arrow-up Arrows Alternate Arrows Alternate Arrows Horizontal Alternate Arrows Vertical Arrows Horizontal Arrows Vertical Assistive Listening Systems asterisk At Audio Description backward Badge Check Badge Balance Scale ban Band-Aid barcode Barcode Alternate Barcode Read Barcode Scan Bars Baseball Baseball Ball Basketball Ball Basketball Hoop Bath Battery Bolt Battery Empty Battery Full Battery 1/2 Full Battery 1/4 Full Battery Slash Battery 3/4 Full Bed beer bell Bell Slash Bicycle Binoculars Birthday Cake Blind bold Lightning Bolt Bomb book bookmark Bowling Ball Bowling Pins Box Box Check Boxes Boxing Glove Braille Briefcase Medical Briefcase Browser Bug Building bullhorn Bullseye Burn Bus Calculator Calendar Alternate Calendar Calendar Check Calendar Edit Calendar Exclamation Calendar Minus Calendar Plus Calendar Times camera Alternate Camera Retro Camera Capsules Car Caret Circle Down Caret Circle Left Caret Circle Right Caret Circle Up Caret Down Caret Left Caret Right Caret Square Down Caret Square Left Caret Square Right Caret Square Up Caret Up Shopping Cart Arrow Down Add to Shopping Cart certificate Area Chart Bar Chart Line Chart Pie Chart Check Check Circle Check Square Chess Chess Bishop Alternate Chess Bishop Chess Board Chess Clock Alternate Chess Clock Chess King Alternate Chess King Chess Knight Alternate Chess Knight Chess Pawn Alternate Chess Pawn Chess Queen Alternate Chess Queen Chess Rook Alternate Chess Rook Chevron Circle Down Chevron Circle Left Chevron Circle Right Chevron Circle Up Chevron Double Down Chevron Double Left Chevron Double Right Chevron Double Up chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right Chevron Square Down Chevron Square Left Chevron Square Right Chevron Square Up chevron-up Child Circle Circle Notched Clipboard Clipboard Check Clipboard List Clock Clone Closed Captioning Cloud Cloud Download Cloud Download Alternate Cloud Upload Cloud Upload Alternate Club Code Code Branch Code Commit Code Merge Coffee cog cogs Columns comment Alternate Comment comments Compass Compress Alternate Compress Compress Wide Conveyor Belt Conveyor Belt Alternate Copy Copyright Credit Card Credit Card Blank Credit Card Front Cricket crop Crosshairs Cube Cubes Curling Cut Database Deaf Desktop Alternate Desktop Diagnoses Diamond DNA Dollar Sign Dolly Dolly Empty Dolly Flatbed Dolly Flatbed Alternate Dolly Flatbed-empty Dot Circle Download Dumbbell Edit eject Horizontal Ellipsis Alternate Horizontal Ellipsis Vertical Ellipsis Alternate Vertical Ellipsis Envelope Envelope Open Envelope Square eraser Euro Sign Exchange Alternate Exchange exclamation Exclamation Circle Exclamation Square Exclamation Triangle Expand Alternate Expand Expand Arrows Alternate Expand Arrows Expand Wide External Link Alternate External Link External Link Square Alternate External Link Square Eye Eye Dropper Eye Slash fast-backward fast-forward Fax Female Field Hockey fighter-jet File Alternate File Archive File Audio File Check File Code File Edit File Excel File Exclamation File Image File Medical File Medical File Alternate Minus File PDF File Plus File Powerpoint File Times File Video File Word File Film Alternate Film Filter fire fire-extinguisher First Aid flag flag-checkered Flask Folder Folder Open font Football Ball Football Helmet Forklift forward Frown Futbol Gamepad Gavel Gem Genderless gift Martini Glass Globe Golf Ball Golf Club Graduation Cap H Square H1 Heading H2 Heading H3 Heading Hand Holding Box Lizard (Hand) Paper (Hand) Peace (Hand) Hand Pointing Down Hand Pointing Left Hand Pointing Right Hand Pointing Up Pointer (Hand) Hand Receiving Rock (Hand) Scissors (Hand) Spock (Hand) Handshake Hashtag HDD heading headphones Heart Heartbeat Hexagon History Hockey Puck Hockey Sticks home hospital Hospital Alternate Hospital Symbol Hourglass Hourglass End Hourglass Half Hourglass Start I Beam Cursor Identification Badge Identification Card Identification Card Alternate Image Images inbox Inbox In Inbox Out Indent Industry Alternate Industry Info Info Circle Info Square Inventory italic Jack-o'-lantern key Keyboard Language Laptop leaf Lemon Level Down Level Down Alternate Level Up Level Up Alternate Life Ring Lightbulb Link Turkish Lira Sign List List Alternate list-ol list-ul location-arrow lock Alternate Lock Lock Open Alternate Lock Open Alternate Long Arrow Down Alternate Long Arrow Left Alternate Long Arrow Right Alternate Long Arrow Up Long Arrow Down Long Arrow Left Long Arrow Right Long Arrow Up Low Vision Luchador magic magnet Male Map map-marker Map Marker Alternate Map Pin Map Signs Mars Mars Double Mars Stroke Mars Stroke Horizontal Mars Stroke Vertical medkit Meh Mercury Microchip microphone Alternate Microphone Microphone Slash minus Minus Circle Minus Hexagon Minus Octagon Minus Square Mobile Phone Alternate Mobile Mobile Android Alternate Mobile Android Money Bill Money Bill Alternate Moon Motorcycle Mouse Pointer Music Neuter Newspaper Medical Notes Object Group Object Ungroup Octagon Outdent Paint Brush Pallet Pallet Alternate Paper Plane Paperclip paragraph Paste pause Pause Circle Paw Pen Alternate Pen Pen Square pencil Alternate Pencil Pennant Percent Phone Phone Slash Phone Square Phone Volume Pills plane Alternate Plane play Play Circle Plug plus Plus Circle Plus Hexagon Plus Octagon Plus Square Podcast Poo Portrait Pound Sign Power Off Prescription Bottle Prescription Bottle Alternate print Procedures Puzzle Piece qrcode Question Question Circle Question Square Quidditch quote-left quote-right Racquet random Landscape Rectangle Portrait Rectangle Wide Rectangle Recycle Redo Alternate Redo Registered Trademark Repeat Repeat 1 Alternate Repeat 1 Alternate Repeat Reply reply-all Retweet Alternate Retweet road rocket rss RSS Square Ruble Sign Indian Rupee Sign Save Scanner Scanner Keyboard Scanner Touchscreen Scrubber Search Search Minus Search Plus Server Share Share All Alternate Share Alternate Share Square Share Square Shekel Sign shield Alternate Shield shield Ship Shipping Fast Shipping Timed Shopping Bag Shopping Basket shopping-cart Shower Shuttlecock Sign In Alternate Sign In Sign Language Sign Out Alternate Sign Out signal Sitemap Horizontal Sliders Square Horizontal Sliders Vertical Sliders Square Vertical Sliders Smile Smoking Snowflake Sort Sort Alpha Down Sort Alpha Up Sort Amount Down Sort Amount Up Sort Down (Descending) Sort Numeric Down Sort Numeric Up Sort Up (Ascending) Space Shuttle Spade Spinner Spinner Third Square Square Full Star Exclamation Star star-half step-backward step-forward Stethoscope Sticky Note stop Stop Circle Stopwatch Street View Strikethrough subscript Subway Suitcase Sun superscript Sync Alternate Sync Syringe table Table Tennis tablet Alternate Tablet Tablet Android Alternate Tablet Android Rugged Tablet Tablets Tachometer Alternate Tachometer tag tags Tasks Taxi Tennis Ball Terminal text-height text-width th th-large th-list Thermometer Thermometer Empty Thermometer Full Thermometer 1/2 Full Thermometer 1/4 Full Thermometer 3/4 Full thumbs-down thumbs-up Thumbtack Ticket Alternate Ticket Times Times Circle Times Hexagon Times Octagon Times Square tint Toggle Off Toggle On Trademark Train Transgender Alternate Transgender Trash Alternate Trash Tree Tree Alternate Triangle trophy Alternate Trophy truck TTY Television Retro Televison Umbrella Underline Undo Alternate Undo Universal Access University unlink unlock Alternate Unlock Upload US Dollar Circle US Dollar Square User Alternate User User Circle user-md Add User User Secret Remove User Users Utensil Fork Utensil Knife Utensil Spoon Utensils Alternate Utensils Venus Venus Double Venus Mars Vial Vials Video Volleyball Ball volume-down volume-mute volume-off volume-up Warehouse Warehouse Alternate Watch Weight Wheelchair Whistle WiFi Window Alternate Window Window Close Window Maximize Window Minimize Window Restore Won Sign Wrench X-Ray Yen Sign Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn LinkedIn In