Knoxville Staff



jimcollinsJim Collins currently serves as President of First Southern Mortgage. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Jim joined his father’s appraisal practice (Scott Collins Company) from 1980 to June 1996 and obtained the MAI designation in 1987. Jim specialized in commercial real estate appraisals throughout the Southeast US. Clients include private developers, real estate trusts, pension funds, commercial banks, life companies, governmental agencies and individual investors.

Jim joined First Southern Mortgage Corp of Tennessee in July 1996 as a mortgage producer. Since joining First Southern, Jim has personally placed more than $1 billion in permanent loans with life insurance companies, Wall Street conduits, pension funds, banks and government agencies. With over 30 years in commercial real estate, brings extensive valuation skills for loan underwriting, asset valuation and portfolio review. Jim is a partner and President of First Southern. Email Jim


AdamAaron Ball joined First Southern Mortgage as a mortgage analyst in early 2016. In his role, Aaron will assist in all facets of loan production. Aaron comes to us from Metro Detroit, Michigan where he interned at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage as an underwriting analyst. Aaron also attended Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and accounting and played 4 years of college baseball. Email Aaron


Asset Administration

Kim-SpragueKim A. Sprague joined First Southern Mortgage in 2014 as Controller and Office Manager. In her role with the company, Kim is responsible for corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, human resources and overseeing the daily business operations. Kim has spent all of her career in accounting and finance. She worked for 8 years as Director of Finance for Cherokee Country Club, assisting management in all accounting, information technology and human resource requirements. Prior to that, she was the Controller of Bush Brothers & Company. Kim is a Certified Public Accountant. Email Kim


janetthomasJanet Thomas serves as a Servicing Specialist for First Southern Mortgage. Janet has been with First Southern since 2004. She works in all aspects of servicing for First Southern in addition to overseeing tax and insurance related matters for the servicing portfolio. She also coordinates and controls physical property inspections for all loans in First Southern’s portfolio as well. Email Janet


AprilApril Webber joined First Southern Mortgage in 2015 as a Servicing Specialist after previously working in residential mortgage servicing at 21st Mortgage and has 15 years of mortgage servicing experience. April assists with a wide array of tasks for First Southern’s servicing department. Those tasks include escrow reviews, monthly mortgage payment deposits, tax receipt collection and insurance reviews for existing loans. Email April