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Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Bottorff was one of the founders of CapStar Bank and currently serves as Chairman of our Board and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Community Affairs Committee and the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Bottorff has served on our Board since 2008. He is also the Founding General Partner of Council Capital Management, a private equity firm located in Nashville, where he was previously a Managing Partner from 2001 to 2016.
Mr. Bottorff began his career in banking in 1968 at the former Commerce Union Bank in Nashville. After serving in numerous positions, he was named President in 1981 and Chief Executive Officer shortly thereafter. When Commerce Union Bank merged with Sovran Financial Corporation, or Sovran, in 1987, Mr. Bottorff became Chief Operating Officer of Sovran and moved to Norfolk, Virginia. He continued in this position when Sovran merged with Citizens and Southern Bank in Atlanta. After Citizens and Southern Bank and Sovran merged to form NationsBank, Mr. Bottorff returned to Nashville in 1991 to become Chief Executive Officer of First American National Bank. Following AmSouth’s acquisition of First American National Bank in 1999, Mr. Bottorff served as AmSouth’s Chairman of the board until his retirement in January 2001. He has served on over twelve corporate boards, including all the banks at which he was an officer, Dollar General, Shoney’s, Ingram Industries and Tennessee Valley Authority, where he served as Chairman.
Presently he is Trustee Emeritus at Vanderbilt University and a director of ANS, LLC. His leadership in the community has included serving as Chairman of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, the United Way, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Titans Advisory Board, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. He received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
Mr. Bentz was one of the founders of CapStar Bank and currently serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Credit Committee. Mr. Bentz has served on our Board since 2008. Since 1996, he has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Triton Boats, a company he sold to Brunswick Corporation in 2005.
Mr. Bentz serves on the board of directors of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and he has formerly served on the boards of the Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, the National Association of Boat Manufacturers, the National Marine Manufacturers’ Association, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation. Mr. Bentz attended Clemson University and participated in continuing education programs in business finance at Vanderbilt University; he has also completed the Dale Carnegie Human Relations courses and training.
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in community banking and recently served as an Executive Vice President of CapStar Bank until his retirement in December 2019. Mr. Cunningham has served on our Board since his appointment in 2018, and currently serves on the Community Affairs Committee and the Credit Committee. Previously, Mr. Cunningham served as President and CEO of Athens Federal Community Bank from March of 2000 through September 30, 2018 when Athens Federal Community Bank merged with CapStar Bank.
Mr. Cunningham served as Chairman of Southland Finance Company, a subsidiary of Athens Federal Community Bank. Mr. Cunningham was the lead officer and director of Athens Federal Community Bank in its conversion from a mutual savings bank to an OCC chartered Savings Bank and IPO in 2010 and later its conversion to an OCC chartered National Bank. Prior to entering the banking profession in 2000, Mr. Cunningham practiced law for 12 years with an emphasis on commercial transactions, personal and commercial litigation, probate, and real estate law. Mr. Cunningham is an AV rated lawyer.
Mr. Cunningham received a B.S. in Banking and Finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Cunningham is a graduate of the ABA Graduate School of Banking held at Georgetown University. Mr. Cunningham is past President of the Independent Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association. He served two terms as president of the McMinn Bar Association. Mr. Cunningham also serves as President and CEO of the Athens Federal Foundation which is active throughout Southeast Tennessee financing and funding various charitable causes and organizations which are active in addressing the basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, safety, and security.
Mr. DeVane serves on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. With more than three decades of public accounting experience serving clients throughout the southeast, Mr. DeVane recently retired as Nashville Office Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. He previously served as EY’s Tennessee Markets Leader, and as coordinating partner and lead audit partner for over twenty years. The majority of Mr. DeVane's career involved service to clients in the retail and consumer products sector along with numerous manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, including Dollar General Corporation, Tractor Supply Company and Ryman Hospitality Corporation. He brings extensive technical accounting, corporate governance, major transactions, strategy, process automation, financial reporting, and risk management experience.
A licensed CPA in Tennessee, Mr. DeVane is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama. Mr. DeVane has served on several distinguished professional boards, including United Way of Middle Tennessee (Chair of the Nashville Campaign), Junior Achievement (Centennial Leadership Award recipient), Harding Academy (Treasurer), and the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet and Accounting Advisory Board.
Mr. Flynn serves as Chair of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Flynn has served on our Board since 2008. Mr. Flynn is a director of Flynn Enterprises, LLC, a family owned, multi-national garment manufacturing, sales and distribution company headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and serves on the boards of Planters Bank, Hopkinsville, for which he is also a member of the audit committee, and Jennie Stuart Medical Center, a regional hospital that serves Western Kentucky.
Mr. Flynn attended Vanderbilt University as a National Merit Scholar, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, and subsequently received a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Mr. Green serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Credit Committee and chairs our Advisory Board for Sumner County, which provides guidance to our management regarding that portion of our market. Mr. Green has served on our Board since 2012. He was an incorporator of American Security, which merged with CapStar in July 2012. Mr. Green is General Partner of Green & Little, a real estate investment company, and President of Green-Little Corporation, a real estate management company. He holds partnership interests in several companies investing in industrial, commercial and retail real estate.
Mr. Green has served as director of Commerce Union Bank of Sumner County and as an advisory director of NationsBank. He attended the University of Tennessee.
Ms. Gurganious serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Community Affairs Committee. Ms. Gurganious serves as Partner and Senior Management Consultant for Knoxville-based DoctorsManagement, LLC, assisting clients in all medical specialties and providing services related to operational efficiency, workflow optimization, compliance, IT, accounting, marketing, and strategic planning. She also advises physicians and hospitals across the country on practice valuation, startup, contract negotiation and transition of ownership. Prior to joining DoctorsManagement, Ms. Gurganious served as Chief Operating Officer for Central Florida Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Melbourne, and as Director and Vice Chair – Finance for Wuesthoff Foundation, a $10 million Florida health system foundation. She also held the position of senior vice president with Fleet Investment Advisors and Putnam Investments in Boston for seven years and is a licensed Business Broker in the state of Florida.
Ms. Gurganious earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration from Vanderbilt University and MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant and a member of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants (NSCHBC) as well as Executive Women International (EWI). A dynamic and accomplished speaker, Ms. Gurganious uses her expertise to deliver strategic healthcare and financial lectures at medical conferences across the country.
Ms. Jenne serves as Chair of the Community Affairs Committee and serves on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Ms. Jenne has served on our Board since her appointment in 2018. Ms. Jenne began practicing law with Carter, Harrod & Cunningham in Athens, Tennessee, and later practiced in Knoxville with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan. She currently practices at The Jenne Law Firm in Cleveland, Tennessee, and serves as the firm’s office manager. Ms. Jenne has served on the board of directors of Athens Federal Community Bank and on the Nalls Sherbakoff Group financial advisory board in Knoxville. She has been involved in various civic and charitable organizations in Cleveland over the past twenty years including serving on the boards at the Museum Center at Five Points and the Cleveland Athens Cotillion. She has also served on the Board of Trustees at Broad Street United Methodist Church and serves on several committees at The Baylor School in Chattanooga.
She graduated with Honors with a B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she served as captain of the Tennessee Dance Team. She went on to attend Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 1994.
Ms. Phillips serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Community Affairs Committee. Ms. Phillips has served on our Board since 2020. Ms. Phillips began practicing law as law clerk for Hon. Rhesa H. Barksdale of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and later practiced in Atlanta, Georgia with Long, Aldridge & Norman LLP and in Nashville with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. After serving as General Attorney for both BellSouth and AT&T Tennessee, she now serves as the President of AT&T Tennessee, a position she has held since 2013.
Ms. Phillips is involved in several civic and charitable organizations in Nashville, Tennessee, including serving as the Chair for the Drive to 55 Coalition and serving on the boards of Birmingham-Southern College, Tennessee Business Leadership Coalition and Nashville Repertory Theatre. Furthermore, Ms. Phillips was recognized as the Nashville Business Journal Newsmaker of the Year for 2015, Nashville’s Power 100 list, Nashville’s Women Business Leaders of the Year 2014, Tennessee Board of Regents’ Award for Philanthropy and was named one of Nashville’s Outstanding CEOs for 2017.
Ms. Phillips graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. from Birmingham-Southern College in 1989 and went on to attend Washington & Lee University, School of Law where she graduated summa cum laude with a J.D. in 1995.
Mr. Polley serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Polley has served on our Board since 2011. He has extensive experience within the financial services industry, having most recently served as Vice Chairman and President of First American Corporation. Before joining First American National Bank in 1991, Mr. Polley was Group Executive Vice President and Treasurer for C&S/Sovran Corporation after holding various executive positions within Sovran before its merger with Citizens and Southern Bank. Mr. Polley joined Sovran from Commerce Union Bank of Nashville, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Polley retired as a Vice Chairman and member of the board of directors of First American Corporation and First American National Bank in 2000. Mr. Polley is a member of Leadership Nashville, the Financial Executives Institute and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. He recently served as a member of the board of directors and audit committee of HealthStream, Inc., and is currently a member of the board of the Franklin American Music City Bowl. He has also served on the board of Pinnacle Financial Partners, O’Charley’s Inc., and the Nashville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Mr. Polley received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis.
President and Chief Executive Officer, CapStar Bank; President, CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Schools serves as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer for CapStar Bank and CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc. Mr. Schools began his career in banking at SouthTrust Corporation and National Commerce Financial Corporation where he held numerous positions. Following the sale of National Commerce Financial, he served as Chief Financial Officer of The South Financial Group before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii where he served as President of American Savings Bank. Upon returning to South Carolina, he assisted United Community Bank as Chief Strategy Officer during its recovery from the financial crises prior to becoming a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Highlands Bankshares.
He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including APCO Employees Credit Union, CRA Partners, First Market Bank, Highlands Bankshares, NASDAQ Issuer Affairs, OTC Issuer Affairs, and most recently as a board member of Tennessee Business Roundtable.
Mr. Schools graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and received his Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
Mr. Smith serves on the Credit Committee and the Community Affairs Committee. Mr. Smith has served on our Board since 2008. He is Chairman of Haury & Smith Contractors, Inc., a building and development company.
He is active in the community, having served on the Metropolitan Nashville Planning Commission and the Regional Transit Authority and as Chairman of the Metropolitan Nashville Parks and Recreation board of directors. Mr. Smith served as National Finance Co-Chair for Senator Lamar Alexander’s presidential campaigns in 1996 and 2000, and he achieved Super Ranger status in President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign. He was National Finance Chairman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s leadership political action committee, VOLPAC, served as Finance Chairman for Senator Lamar Alexander’s 2008 and 2014 re-election campaigns, and is currently the Finance Chairman for Senator Alexander’s leadership political action committee, TENNPAC.
In addition, he has served on the boards of the FHLB and Franklin Road Academy, and as director of the First Union National Bank community board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Turner serves as Chair of the Credit Committee and serves on the Community Affairs Committee. Mr. Turner has served on our Board since 2008. He joined Marketstreet Enterprises in 1999 and has served as the Managing Director since 2007.
Mr. Turner has been a member of the board of directors of the Farmers National Bank Financial Corporation in Scottsville, Kentucky, for more than 15 years. He also serves on the boards of Cumberland Heights, the Nashville Downtown Partnership Board and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Mr. Wilt was one of the founders of CapStar Bank and serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. He has served on our Board since 2008. Mr. Wilt has nearly four decades of experience in the banking industry. Mr. Wilt is a retired, non-practicing certified public accountant, who is no longer affiliated with the Tennessee Association of Accountants or the AICPA. He practiced accountancy with Ernst & Ernst in the 1970s.
He has previously served on the boards of directors of banks and public companies including C&S/Sovran Corporation, Commerce Union Bank, Outback Steakhouse and Genesco Inc. Mr. Wilt currently serves as President of TSW Investment Company, Founding President of Golf Club of Tennessee, and Chairman of the board of Christie Cookie Company. Mr. Wilt is also a former board member of First American National Bank.
He earned a B.E. in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University and is a former pilot in the United States Air Force.
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