Southern Security CEO Dawn Graeter Named Executive in Residence for Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Southern Security CEO Dawn Graeter Named Executive in Residence for Fogelman College of Business and Economics

05/18/2022 Banking

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 18, 2022 – Dawn Graeter, President and CEO of Southern Security, a not-for-profit financial cooperative whose mission is to help its members financially, was named an Executive in Residence for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. Graeter brings three decades of skill and experience in the finance and banking industry to her role as a personal mentor to assist students and faculty in the FCBE Executives-in-Residence program.

“It’s my pleasure to announce that Dawn Graeter, CEO of Southern Security, will serve as an Executive in Residence to assist with our student development initiatives,” said Chuck Pierce, Interim Dean of Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. “As an accomplished and community-focused CEO who started her career as a teller and is now a financial institution CEO, Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge that will be both beneficial and inspiring to our students. We are thrilled to have her expertise.”

The mission of the FCBE Executives-in-Residence program is to provide business students the opportunity to benefit from the years of experience of business executives. Through the program, students will have the opportunity to seek business advice and network from professionals to help their transition from students into the business world.

“As an alumna of the University of Memphis, I am so excited to give back to a program that helped shape my success in finance and banking. I’ve had great mentors during that time that have helped me immensely and I look forward to being that resource to our upcoming young professionals,” said Dawn Graeter, CEO of Southern Security.

With more than 30 years of experience, Graeter brings to the FCBE Executives-in-Residence program her inspiring perspective of working her way up from bank teller to CEO. In the male-dominated industry of finance, Graeter is one of few female bank CEOs in the Greater Memphis area.

Graeter came to Southern Security in 2011. In that time, she grew the credit union by 100 percent, increased the full-time work force by 37 percent, and increased the average annual net income by 127 percent.

In 2012, Graeter was named a Superwoman in Business by the Memphis Business Journal and she was named University of Memphis Outstanding Alumna in 2019. Southern Security Federal Credit Union has been named Best Credit Union by the readers of the Commercial Appeal for four years running and was recently named Best Mortgage Company.

Graeter currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Confluent Strategies, which specializes in consumer credit, commercial and mortgage credit reporting, background checks, employment screenings, and association management. She also serves as a board member of the Tennessee Credit Union League whose mission is to promote and support the success and advancement of credit unions in the State of Tennessee and Share One, which serves credit unions across the country with a comprehensive core processing system; New Solutions.

Currently serving on the board of Carnival Memphis a nonprofit that recognizes and promotes the Mid-South and children’s charities, Graeter previously served as chairman of the board for HopeWork, an organization that offers jobs and support to the under-resourced and recently incarcerated. Graeter has served on various nonprofit boards over the years including Leadership Millington, Millington Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Mid-South American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team.

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