Bill Edwards, Melissa Haines and Frank Wood

Melissa Haines

Melissa Haines

KNOXVILLE, TN — November 9, 2022 — The board of directors of Mountain Commerce Bank (OTCQX: MCBI) announced today that Melissa Haines—the bank’s first vice president, security officer and branch administrator—has been selected to receive the prestigious Stuart E. Wood Jr. Memorial Award in recognition of her commitment to the values of integrity, leadership and excellence.

The award is presented by the board to a Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) employee who reflects the principles and standards exhibited by Wood, a prolific East Tennessee businessman and admired community leader who was chairman of MCB’s board of directors until his unexpected passing in 2010.

Haines was honored for her extraordinary ongoing efforts in support of the bank’s mission of growth; her work in the opening of the bank’s new Brentwood financial center; and for interfacing with architects on several MCB construction projects, ensuring the structures are appropriately outfitted, operational and secure

“Melissa’s years of experience serve the bank, its team members and board with distinction every day,” said William E. “Bill” Edwards III, MCB president and chief executive officer. “Her dedication and responsiveness were pivotal to a smooth opening in Brentwood. Additionally, her daily perseverance in keeping our branches and staff protected in her role as security officer is nothing short of outstanding. No one deserves this accolade more.”

In honor of Haines’ selection, a contribution will be made by the bank to the East Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Stuart E. Wood Jr. The donation is at the request of Wood’s children, Meredith Wood Seeley Roberts and MCB board member Frank Wood.

About Mountain Commerce Bancorp, Inc. and Mountain Commerce Bank

Mountain Commerce Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Mountain Commerce Bank. The Company’s shares of common stock trade on the OTCQX under the symbol “MCBI.”

Mountain Commerce Bank is a state-chartered financial institution headquartered in Knoxville, TN. The bank traces its history back over a century and serves middle and east Tennessee through six branches located in Erwin, Johnson City, Knoxville, Nashville and Unicoi. The bank focuses on relationship banking with small- and medium-sized businesses, and high net worth individuals who value the personal service and attention that only a community bank can offer. For further information, please visit us at