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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 joins 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. He 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. Lambert was hired in 2021 after having most recently served as Senior Regional Credit Officer for Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank overseeing Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Previously, he served as a Commercial Relationship Manager at Sovran Bank, National Bank of Commerce, SunTrust Bank, and First Citizens Bank where he developed and serviced a portfolio of commercial & industrial and commercial real estate clients. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State University.
Mr. Tietz was hired 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. 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!
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 US Bank, overseeing private bankers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Prior to that role, she held regional customer experience and branch management positions. Having served in various capacities at CapStar, she manages both Human Resources and Marketing as the Bank's Chief Administrative Officer.
Ms. O'Bryan is a graduate of Furman University's School of Retail Bank Management and was management advisor for US 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. Webb serves as the Middle Tennessee Market Chairman for CapStar Bank. He is a 1976 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has 46 years of banking experience, most of it in the Nashville market. Ken was part of the original management team that came together to help form CapStar Bank in 2007 and initially served as Chief Development Officer.
Prior to joining CapStar, Mr. Webb worked for First Tennessee Bank from 1993 to 2007. His last position there was in the Business Strategy Group where he was responsible for a wide range of credit-related initiatives. He also served in several roles managing commercial, corporate and treasury management groups and as President of First Tennessee Bank, Nashville. He began his banking career in 1976 with Commerce Union Bank, and its successor banks after its acquisition by NationsBank, from 1976 to 1993.
Mr. Webb is active in charitable work, having served over the years on various non-profit boards and in leadership roles for the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, TSU College of Business Economic & Finance advisory board, the Nashville Sertoma Club and Foundation, and St. Henry Catholic Church. He is a native of Lawrence County, Tennessee.
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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