Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Edward Robinson McGraw
Chairman & CEO
Mr. McGraw has served as our and the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Since June, 2005, Mr. McGraw has also served as Chairman of our and the Bank’s board of directors. Mr. McGraw served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Bank prior to becoming our Chief Executive Officer.
Kevin D. Chapman
Executive VP and CFO
Kevin Chapman has served as Executive Vice President since January, 2011, and Chief Financial Officer since October, 2011. Mr. Chapman served as our Corporate Controller since May, 2006 until October, 2011. He has served as Senior Executive Vice President of the Bank since January, 2011. Mr. Chapman served as Chief Strategy Officer of the Bank from January, 2011, until October, 2011. He was a Senior Vice President of the Bank from January, 2005, until July, 2006, at which time he became an Executive Vice President and the Bank's Chief Accounting Officer.

Board of Directors

Edward Robinson McGraw
Chairman
Mr. McGraw has served as our and the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Since June, 2005, Mr. McGraw has also served as Chairman of our and the Bank’s board of directors. Mr. McGraw served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Bank prior to becoming our Chief Executive Officer.
John M. Creekmore
Lead Director
Mr. Creekmore has engaged in the practice of law since 1987 as the owner of the law firm Creekmore Law Office, PLLC.
George H. Booth II
Mr. Booth is co-owner of Tupelo Hardware Company, a closely-held family business primarily engaged in wholesale and retail hardware sales. Mr. Booth has served as president of Tupelo Hardware Company since 2000.
Frank B. Brooks
Mr. Brooks has been a cotton farmer since 1959 and has served as president of Yalobusha Gin Company, Inc., a cotton gin located in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, since 1992.
Hollis C. Cheek
Mr. Cheek has been president of J.C. Cheek Contractors,a landscape engineering and contracting firm specializing in asphalt milling, striping, edge drains, debris grinding, debris removal, clearing, erosion control, and site grading since 1967. Mr. Cheek is also a member of Techno-Catch, LLC, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, a manufacturer and supplier of poultry equipment. Mr. Cheek is on the boards of the Mississippi Road Builders Association, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and the Attala Development Corporation. Mr. Cheek has formerly served in public capacities as a Mississippi state senator and on the Small Business Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Cheek served on the board of directors of First M&F and was appointed as a director of the Company upon the completion of our acquisition of First M&F on September 1, 2013.
Albert J. Dale III
Mr. Dale has served as president of Dale, Inc., since 1985. Dale, Inc., located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a specialty contractor and an authorized distributor of custom building products. He was appointed as a director of the Company upon the completion of our acquisition of Capital Bancorp, Inc., or Capital, in July, 2007.
Jill V. Deer
Ms. Deer is Vice President of Development and Administration for Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, out of Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining Brasfield & Gorrie, Ms. Deer was a real estate consultant. From 2001 until March, 2013, Ms. Deer served as a principal of Bayer Properties, L.L.C., a full service real estate company based in Birmingham, Alabama, that owns, develops and manages commercial real estate. Ms. Deer joined Bayer Properties in 1999 to serve as an executive officer and general counsel of the company. Prior to that time, she was a partner in a large regional law firm in Birmingham practicing in the area of commercial real estate finance.
Marshall H. Dickerson
Mr. Dickerson is the retired owner and manager of Dickerson Furniture Company, a company primarily engaged in retail home furnishings sales, since 1978.
John T. Foy
Mr. Foy is retired. From February, 2004 until February, 2008 he served as president and chief operating officer of Furniture Brands International, Inc. During that time, he was also a member of the board of directors of Furniture Brands International. Prior to 2004 he served as president and chief executive officer of Lane Furniture Industries. Furniture Brands International and Lane Furniture Industries are engaged in the manufacture of upholstered and wooden furniture.
R. Rick Hart
Mr. Hart has served as an Executive Vice President of the Company and President of the Northern Division of the Bank since October, 2011. He served as the President of the Tennessee Division and Middle Tennessee Division of the Bank from July, 2007 until October, 2011. Prior to our acquisition of Capital, Mr. Hart served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Capital Bank & Trust Company, in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Hart was appointed as a director of the Company upon the completion of our acquisition of Capital in July, 2007.
Richard L. Heyer Jr.
Dr. Heyer has served as a physician and partner of Tupelo Anesthesia Group, P.A. since 1989. In addition, Dr. Heyer has served as President of TAG Billing, LLC, a billing service provider in the medical industry.
Neal A. Holland Jr.
Mr. Holland has been president of Holland Company, Inc., a diversified sand, stone and trucking company in Decatur, Alabama, since 1980. He is also the chairman and CEO of Alliance Sand and Aggregates, LLC and owner and president of Cedar Ridge Golf Course, Inc. Mr. Holland was appointed as a director of the Company upon the completion of our acquisition of Heritage Financial Holding Corporation, or Heritage, in 2005.
J. Niles McNeel
Mr. McNeel has engaged in the practice of law as a partner of the law firm of McNeel and Ballard since 1983.
Hugh S. Potts Jr.
Prior to our acquisition of First M&F Corporation ("First M&F"), Mr. Potts served as chairman and chief executive officer of First M&F, headquartered in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Prior to becoming chief executive officer, Mr. Potts had extensive experience especially in the trust, commercial lending and marketing areas of First M&F and its wholly-owned subsidiary Merchants and Farmers Bank. Mr. Potts also serves on the Board of Trustees of Belhaven University and the Board of Trustees of French Camp Academy. Mr Potts was appointed as a director of the Company upon the completion of our merger with First M&F on September 1, 2013.
Fred F. Sharpe
Michael D. Shmerling
Mr. Shmerling has served as chairman of Choice Food Group, a manufacturer and distributor of food products, since July, 2007. Mr. Shmerling served as a senior advisor to Kroll, Inc., a risk consulting company, from August, 2005 to June, 2007 and an executive vice president of Kroll, Inc. from August, 2000 to June, 2005. Effective as of May, 2001, he also served as Chief Operating Officer of Kroll. Mr. Shmerling was appointed as a director of the Company upon the completion of our acquisition of Capital in July, 2007. Mr. Shmerling is also a director for Healthstream, Inc., a publicly-traded company.