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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, and OTC Issuer Affairs.
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. Fowler brings more than four decades of leadership experience in the financial sector to CapStar, having most recently served as executive vice president and Director of Financial Risk at $30 billion IBERIABANK since early 2013. He began his career with Texas Commerce Bank in Houston (acquired by Chemical Bank, now JPMorgan Chase) where he worked for 15 years serving in a number of areas including financial planning, balance sheet management, ALCO and management accounting. Subsequently, Mr. Fowler worked as Treasurer at both First Commerce Bank and South Financial Group, and as CFO at GreenBank, acquired by Capital Bank Financial. Mr. Fowler earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola University New Orleans and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business.
Mr. Groom brings a wealth of experience serving 27 years in executive leadership and general counsel roles with two large public companies, as well as spending more than a decade in private law practice. Mr. Groom was formerly Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Corrections Corporation of America (now CoreCivic), and prior thereto served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for SunTrust Bank. Mr. Groom also served dual roles with Butler Snow as both Counsel with the firm and as Principal in the Nashville office of Butler Snow Advisory Services; and, as General Counsel for Franklin Synergy Bank.
Mr. Groom is a Rule 31 Mediator approved by the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Risk Management Association, the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Bank Lawyer's Committee of the Tennessee Bankers Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association.
Mr. Groom received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Memphis, where he was a member of the Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipscomb University. Additionally, he has completed extensive Executive Education programs from Harvard University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society and is an Adjunct Faculty and Board Member of Lipscomb University's Institute for Conflict Management.
Mr. Hunter 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 Mr. Hunter 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, Mr. Hunter 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!
Mr. Tietz was hired as Chief Credit Officer of CapStar Bank in March 2016. Mr. Tietz has more than 31 years of banking experience starting as a trainee of First American National Bank in Nashville in 1985 and rising to the position of Executive Vice President and Regional Senior Credit Officer for First American’s West Tennessee Region including oversight of credit functions for private banking, business banking, middle-market, and corporate banking functions. Subsequent to his positions at First American, Mr. Tietz held various Chief Credit Officer roles at banks in the Midwest including at First Place Bank in Ohio from 2011 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he was Chief Credit Officer of FSG Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His experience includes capital raising activities, asset quality resolution, development of lending initiatives to achieve quality asset growth, and management and resolution of regulatory actions. Mr. Tietz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.
Mr. Webb 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, he helped build CapStar and continues to shape our vision today.
He 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.
Ms. Tucker serves as Founding President and Chief Executive Officer Emerita for CapStar Bank. After raising more than $88 million in start-up capital, a record for a de novo bank in Tennessee, Ms. Tucker led the founding of CapStar in July, 2008, now a two-billion-dollar financial institution. Ms. Tucker began her banking career at First American National Bank and advanced to the position of President of Corporate Banking. When the bank was sold to AmSouth, she was named Senior Executive VP responsible for all commercial banking activities in six southeastern states and New York. In 2017, Ms. Tucker was appointed to a three-year term as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank, Nashville Branch. She previously served a 3-year term as chair of the Sixth Federal Reserve District's Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC).
She is a board member of Belmont University, the Nashville Healthcare Council, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). She has chaired the boards of TPAC, Nashville Ballet, Second Harvest Food Bank, Nashville's Table, St. Luke's Community House and Tennessee Wesleyan University. A graduate of the Leadership Nashville class of 1996 and inducted into the Academy for Women of Achievement in 2008, she was featured as a Woman to Watch by American Banker in 2014, recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year for the southeast in the financial sector in 2015 and was recently honored by Project Return for her leadership.
She is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. She is the proud mother of Reece.
As chief operations and technology officer, Mr. Davis oversees deposit and loan operations, Information Technology (IT) and CapStar's project management office. He most recently held similar roles at Midsouth Bank in Louisiana, a $1.7 billion bank that was acquired by Mississippi-based regional player Hancock Whitney Bank.
Before he joined Midsouth in the spring of 2018, he was Senior Vice President at Yadkin Bank in Raleigh, NC for 11 years. There, he led operations and the integration of four mergers that helped grow Yadkin to $8 billion in assets.
With 25 years of banking experience, Mr. Hill joins CapStar having most recently served as Chief Banking Officer for Highlands Union Bank. He began his career at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC where he worked for twelve years serving in a number of areas including the mortgage and treasury services divisions. Subsequently, he returned home to Tri-Cities, TN serving as a Commercial Relationship Manager at Regions and TriSummit Bank. For the ten-year period prior to joining Highlands, he served as the Tri-Cities Market Executive for First Citizens where he founded their presence in 2007.
Mr. Hill is a native of Kingsport, TN. He was a Division I athlete, playing baseball at East Tennessee State University, before graduating from Pfeiffer University where he received his bachelor's degree in Finance. Additionally, he holds a MBA from Wingate University. His community involvement includes Leadership Johnson City, Leadership Kingsport, serving on the board of directors of Keystone Dental, as well as being an active supporter of Niswonger Children's Hospital.
As East Tennessee Market President, Mr. Hill works with Athens Market President Shane Sewell, Chattanooga/Cleveland Market President Jay Leggett, Jr., and Knoxville Market President Amy Pangelinan in leading the company's banking activities and business development across the region. Additionally, he oversees CapStar's Correspondent Banking and Government Guaranteed Lending divisions.
A native Nashvillian, Ms. O'Bryan brings more than 35 years of banking experience, most recently serving as vice president of wealth management for U.S. Bank, overseeing private bankers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Prior to that role, she held regional customer experience and branch management positions. She manages both Human Resources and Marketing as CapStar's Chief Culture Officer.
Ms. O'Bryan is a graduate of Furman University's School of Retail Bank Management and was management advisor for U.S. Bank's local Development Network. She has been involved in the past with Habitat for Humanity and United Way, and has served on the board of Junior Achievement.
Mr. Weatherford is founder and president of Farmington Mortgage, now CapStar Mortgage. He 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 Mr. Weatherford 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. Mr. Weatherford remains at the helm of the mortgage team, any of whom are eager to help you bring your mortgage to the closing table.
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