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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 the Board of Directors and as a member of the Nominating, Governance and Community Affairs Committee, the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and the Credit Committee. Mr. Bottorff has served on our Board of Directors 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 of 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 and EspriGas, 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 of Directors, 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, a founder of CapStar Bank, currently serves on the Audit Committee and the Credit Committee. Mr. Bentz has served on the Board of Directors 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.
Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in community banking and currently serves as Executive Vice President of CapStar Bank. He also serves on the Risk Committee and the Credit Committee. Mr. Cunningham has served on the Board of Directors since his appointment on October 24, 2018. 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. Flynn serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Nominating, Governance and Community Affairs Committee. Mr. Flynn has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He 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.
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc.
Mrs. Frist was one of the founders of Capstar Bank and serves as Chairman of the Nominating, Governance and Community Affairs Committee and also serves on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. She has served on our Board of Directors since 2008. After graduating from Yale University, she worked for Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst in its Investment Banking Division (Corporate Finance) and returned to Goldman Sachs to work in its Private Client Group after receiving her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mrs. Frist later joined Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., a New York-based private equity firm, where she worked until 2000. Mrs. Frist serves on the Advisory Board of Teach for America – Nashville and is also a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. Mrs. Frist is a former board member of St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), the Ensworth School, the American Red Cross (Nashville chapter), the Oasis Center (Nashville, TN) and the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation (Nashville, TN).
Advisory Board Chair
Mr. Green serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating, Governance and Community Affairs 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 of Directors 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. Jenne serves on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and the Nominating, Governance and Community Affairs Committee. Ms. Jenne has served on our Board of Directors since her appointment on October 24, 2018. She graduated with Honors with a B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She went on to attend Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 1994. 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 also 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, Tennessee. She has been involved in various civic and charitable organizations in Cleveland, Tennessee 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, Tennessee.
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Mr. Polley serves as Chairman of the Risk Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee. Mr. Polley has served on our Board of Directors 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 is currently a member of the board of directors and audit committee of HealthStream, Inc., and member of the board of the Franklin American Music City Bowl. He has also served on the board, including the audit and executive committees, of Pinnacle Financial Partners, the board, including the audit committee, of O’Charley’s Inc., and the board of 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 has a long record of increasing responsibility with leading Southeastern banks, including National Commerce Financial Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., and SouthTrust Corporation in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as Director of Investor Relations. He was also Chief Strategy Officer for United Community Bank and Chief Financial and Risk Officer at The South Financial Group.
Previously, he served as President of American Savings Bank, Hawaii's third largest financial institution, where he led it to become one of the nation's highest performing banks with exemplary employee engagement rankings. Most recently, Mr. Schools was President and Chief Executive Officer at Highlands Bancshares, Inc., in Abingdon, Va. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University and was the Outstanding Business School graduate in his class. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University.
Mr. Smith serves on the Credit Committee and the Nominating, Governance and Community Affairs Committee. Mr. Smith has served on our Board of Directors 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. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree.
Mr. Thornburgh serves as a member of the Risk Committee and the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He is a member of the investment committee of Corsair Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm with more than $3 billion invested in financial services companies worldwide. Mr. Thornburgh retired in April 2018 as the Chairman of the board of Credit Suisse Holdings USA, Vice Chairman of the board of Credit Suisse Group AG. He is a director of S & P Global Inc., and is the Chairman of the board of Jackson Hewitt. He has previously served as a director of Newstar Financial, Inc., RAI, Inc., Dollar General Corporation and National City Corporation. He has an extensive background in financial services and investment banking. Mr. Thornburgh also serves on the Investment Committee of the University of Cincinnati. He graduated (cum laude) from the University of Cincinnati and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also received an honorary doctorate in commercial science from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and was the William Howard Taft medal recipient in 2016.
Mr. Turner serves as Chairman of the Credit Committee and also serves on the Risk Committee. He has served on our Board of Directors 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.
James Stephen “Jay” Turner, Jr., an organizer of the bank and member of CapStar’s board of directors, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School. He was appointed managing director of Marketstreet Enterprises in 2007 and has served as director of development for Marketstreet Equities Company and Marketstreet Management Company.
He is a member of the board of directors of Farmers National Bank Financial Corporation in Scottsville, Ky. He has served on non-profit boards including the Adventure Science Center, the Ingram Cancer Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Mr. Wilt, a founder of CapStar Bank, serves as Chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Credit Committee. He has served on our Board of Directors 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 or AICPA associations. 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 as 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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