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Welcome Athens Federal
Ken is CapStar’s quiet superhero. He has a deeply embedded code of honor and never hesitates to help a coworker or client in need. An original member of the CapStar management team, Ken helped build CapStar and continues to shape our vision today.
Ken is active in the community, serving in leadership roles for the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee State University's College of Business, Economics and Finance Advisory Board, and the Nashville Sertoma Club and Foundation.
Somehow in the midst of all that, he found time to coach his son’s baseball team for many years. These days, he is active at St. Henry’s Church and pursues other interests like studying history, reading biographies, and hunting... for birds and loans.
Brad is a one-man banking machine. He’ll listen with laser focus to your needs and find an effective and rewarding way to meet them. Banking is not one-size-fits-all, and Brad enjoys crafting sharp and personalized solutions that meet each client’s individual circumstance.
As a native Nashvillian, Brad knows the city and has the perspective, foresight, and wisdom to think long-term for you and your business. Brad makes deals happen so your focus can be on your business.
When he’s not leading our Commercial Banking team, he’s enjoying his family, working out, or driving the golf cart at Forest Hills Baptist Church. Ask him for details.
Hart Weatherford is founder and president of Farmington Mortgage, now CapStar Mortgage. Hart founded Farmington Financial Group, LLC,in 2005 to create a local boutique mortgage bank with superlative service on a local level. He chose the name Farmington name because of its long history with his family, which came from Farmington, England. In 2013, the Nashville Business Journal recognized Hart as a Top 40 Under 40 and Farmington as one of its Best in Business. In 2014, Farmington was recognized by the NBJ as one of Nashville’s Best Places to Work.
Recognizing a company with similar values around stellar client service, CapStar Bank acquired Farmington in 2014. Hart remains at the helm of the mortgage team, any of whom are eager to help you bring your mortgage to the closing table.
Lee leads CapStar’s Commercial Real Estate lending team. His expertise is in the acquisition, construction or refinancing of all kinds of commercial property including apartments, retail, industrial, office buildings and hotels. Look for CapStar’s name on the signage for construction projects that are underway around the city. That’s thanks to Lee and his team. They understand all the intricacies of property development and types of loans that can get the job done, providing guidance if needed about the best way to structure the deal and get it underway.
Born and raised in Nashville, Lee loves the people and the culture of the city, and is grateful that those things haven’t changed during its recent growth and prosperity. He’s a sports guy—a golfer and a runner who follows college and professional sports. But his favorite thing is meeting new people. So if you see a tall friendly guy at a Preds or Titans game, ask him if CapStar is the financial muscle behind that new construction you’ve been watching. That big grin means, Yes, we are!
Executive Vice President Mark D. Mattson holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He has more than 25 years of banking experience. Mark was instrumental in creating CapStar’s credit policies and credit administration infrastructure prior to its opening in 2008. Before joining CapStar, Mark was a managing director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he was responsible for new business development in the healthcare sector throughout the U.S. Mark began his banking career as a management trainee at First American National Bank (now Regions Bank) and advanced to become one of the group’s senior lending officers.
He has been involved in a number of leadership roles in the Nashville community including Junior Achievement, Young Leaders Council, the Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Leadership Franklin, the Risk Management Association and the Downtown Nashville Lions Club. He is president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Risk Management Association and serves on the board of the national Risk Management Association. He and his wife live in Franklin and have two adult children.
Mike is a native of Athens and leads CapStar’s locations acquired from Athens Federal Community Bank in 2018, as well as the bank’s title company and consumer finance company subsidiaries, Valley Title Services, LLC and Southland Finance, Inc.
Mike is a native of Athens and began his career at Athens Federal in 1998 after working for a consumer finance company for 8 years. During his tenure at Athens Federal, he worked in several capacities including Lender, Commercial Lender, Chief Credit Officer and, most recently, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer prior to CapStar’s acquisition of Athens Federal in 2018. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Athens Bancshares Corporation, the holding company of Athens Federal Community Bank, since its inception and IPO throughout the sale to CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc. Mike is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Bankers Association Schools of Banking, Commercial Lending and Advance commercial lending, as well as the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
He currently serves as the Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the Athens Federal Foundation and has previously served on the Board of the McMinn County Economic Development Authority and Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County.
Jay’s banking expertise and focus include commercial, real estate, professional and personal banking, primarily working with clients in the Cleveland and Chattanooga markets. Jay has provided financing for commercial projects across the country and managed branch locations in Bradley and Hamilton counties.
Jay is active in the community, serving in the Rotary Club of Cleveland and on the Board of Directors of The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. Previous board affiliations include: Tennova Healthcare, Cleveland; the Finance Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region; and the United Way of Bradley County.
When not working with clients, Jay spends time reading and hiking, as well as designing and building stained glass windows.
Shane began his banking career in 1999 as a part-time teller and has worked in accounting, collections and lending; he currently serves as Group Lending Manager for the CapStar East Tennessee region. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Tennessee Technological University, an MBA from Tennessee Wesleyan University, and is a 2008 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
Passionate about the success of his clients and community, Shane serves on several non-profit boards, including United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties, the McMinn County Education Foundation, Grace House Homeless Shelter and the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Foundation. Shane is a self-proclaimed 'sports fanatic,' and enjoys watching his daughters, Allie and Mia, play soccer and basketball, working out and playing golf.
Nicole Gibbs is responsible for operation, strategic direction and leadership of East Tennessee’s deposit network, including management and development of all retail products, services and personnel. She also oversees marketing and communications efforts for the East Tennessee region and bank subsidiaries, Valley Title Services, LLC and Southland Finance, Inc.
A native of West Tennessee, Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/public relations from the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in corporate communication from Austin Peay State University. Prior to CapStar, Nicole served in retail management, communications, and marketing and public relations roles at Athens Federal Community Bank since 2011, and as Director of Communications and Marketing at Tennessee Wesleyan University for eight years.
She currently serves on several non-profit boards, including as Treasurer of the Grace & Mercy Ministries Board of Directors, the Athens Downtown Business Association and as board President of the HOPE Center and Children’s Advocacy Center of the 10th Judicial District.
Nicole is an avid sports fan and enjoys antiquing–especially the thrill of the hunt.
Chris Adams is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has more than 20 years of banking experience serving in various roles including deposit operations, customer service, retail bank management, public relations and account acquisition.
Chris has been involved in a number of leadership roles in the McMinn County area including The United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties, The Athens/McMinn Family YMCA, The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Kiwanis Club. He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Athens City School Board and Treasurer for the McMinn County Economic Development Authority.
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