Member Spotlight

Jeff Devereaux

Jeff Devereaux is currently the president elect of the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association and will be installed as the 2017 President on May 10th. He also serves as the vice president of business development for Guaranty Trust.  Previously, he was the Tennessee region manager for Simmons Bank (formerly First State Bank) and has worked as a mortgage banker in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville during his career.

As vice president of business development, Devereaux is responsible for expanding the company’s market share for its retail and wholesale divisions. His job is to focus on developing retail teams throughout Tennessee, including the Knoxville and Memphis markets, and building correspondent relationships in additional states.

The Memphis native earned a master’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Please learn a little more about Jeff Devereaux through this brief interview:

It’s the weekend, where would we most likely find you?

On the weekends, you would most likely find me on the soccer fields with my kids, watching a football game, or playing a round of golf with some friends.

How did you get into the Mortgage business?

It started with my childhood love of playing Monopoly and my insistence on always being the Banker.  Twenty years later, I was a Retail Banker for Union Planters Bank and I convinced Maggie Griffith to give me a shot at being a Mortgage Banker.


Name three people that you view as mentors?

  • My Father
  • Retta Gardner – CEO – Guaranty Trust
  • Bill Wehby – Correspondent Regional VP – Franklin American

What keeps you up at night?

The one thing that keeps me up at night is providing for my family and helping others do the same.

What has the Mortgage Bankers Association meant to your career?

I got involved in MBA to network and to give back to the industry that has been good to me.  Instead, it has given back to me.  It’s been extremely fulfilling and has enriched my career in Mortgage Banking in many ways.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself?

I’ve been married for twenty-two years and have two beautiful, challenging teenage kids.