November 8, 2007
WAYMON L. HICKMAN RECEIVES THA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
COLUMBIA, Tenn.—Maury Regional Hospital Board Chairman Waymon L. Hickman was awarded the 2007 Meritorious Service Award for Governance at the annual Tennessee Hospital Association meeting on November 7, according to Robert Otwell, Maury Regional Hospital CEO.
“For more than 23 years, Waymon Hickman’s commitment to Maury Regional Hospital and those we serve has been unwavering. He has made significant contributions to the hospital and supported our efforts to maintain modern facilities, utilize state-of-the-art technology, and maintain a highly skilled medical and clinical staff. I cannot think of a more deserving person to be recognized with this state award,” said Otwell, who nominated Hickman.
Hickman’s service to the Maury Regional Hospital Board of Trustees began in 1984 and he is currently serving in his seventh year as chairman. During his tenure, he has either chaired or served on every committee on the board, including the Finance and Budget Committee, Pension Plan Committee, Internal Audit Committee, Planning and Facilities Committee, Joint Conference Committee, Human Resources Committee, Land Ad Hoc Committee, and Professional Contracts Committee.
He is currently the senior chairman and honorary director of First Farmers and Merchants Bank in Columbia, Tennessee. He has spent approximately 50 years in the banking industry and was instrumental in the evolution of First Farmers from a small hometown bank to a strong financial institution with facilities in seven communities.
Hickman is a former member of the board of directors of the American Bankers Association. He is a past state vice president and member of the Community Bank Council of the American Bankers Association and past president of the Tennessee Bankers Association. He is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and served as chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a former member of the Federal Reserve Sixth District Financial Institutions Advisory Committee. He is a former member of the board of trustees and past president of the graduate school of banking at Louisiana State University.