Board of Directors

Phillip W. "Trey" Bentley, III

Mr. Bentley graduated from Huntsville High School and from Auburn University in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation from Auburn University, Mr. Bentley attended the National Automobiles Dealers Association’s Dealer Candidate Academy. Bentley previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama. He operates Bentley Buick GMC Cadillac, Genesis of Huntsville and Bentley Hyundai, all located in Huntsville. Mr. Bentley is the owner of Colonial Printing and Packaging and is also the Chevrolet and Cadillac Dealer in Florence, Alabama.

He is actively involved in the community, having served on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, the Arts Council and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and has served as past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Rescue Mission. He also served as a Trustee of the Alabama Auto Dealers Workman Compensation Fund. He was a member of the Huntsville Madison County Leadership Class 12 and currently serves on the Huntsville Madison County Airport Authority. Mr. Bentley and his family attend Central Presbyterian Church, where he has served on the Board of Deacons.

 

Sheila B. Brown

Sheila Brown has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Human Resources and Governance Committee of the bank since its inception. In 1991, Brown founded QuantiTech, Inc.; a woman-owned small business providing engineering expertise and management advisory services to both government and commercial customers. QuantiTech is headquartered in Huntsville, AL, and has grown to over 600 employees located in AL, AZ, FL, MD, ND, TN, TX, UT, and VA. Brown currently serves as Chairman of the Board of QuantiTech and splits her time between Huntsville, AL, and Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Brown holds a BE in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and completed the Minority Business Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Brown is a Trustee Emeritus of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. She was a member of the Huntsville Leadership Class 10 and served as day chair for Class 11. Brown has also served on the boards of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Cummings Research Park, the Arts Council, and is a past-president of the Women’s Economic Development Council.

 

Jim D. Caudle, Jr.

Jim D. Caudle, Jr. has served on the board of directors of the bank since its inception and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee of Progress Bank. Caudle is chairman and CEO of Carina Technology. He is a member of Bosch Supplier Leadership Team, the Alabama Automobile Manufacturer's Association and the Automotive Industry Action Group.

Caudle holds a B.S. from Auburn University. He is past Huntsville chairman of the Auburn Alumni Association Scholarship Committee and past Chair of the YMCA Board of Directors. Caudle is currently Chair of Camp Cha-la-kee, a member of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Existing Business Committee, Huntsville Leadership Class 8, National Association of Metal Finishers, Young Presidents Organization, Young Business Leaders of Huntsville and Ramey Forum. He is a past president of the Huntsville Acme Club and served on the Board of the Huntsville Metropolitan YMCA. He has worked with the National Cancer Society (in the "Biggest Rat in Town Campaign") and the Multiple Sclerosis Society as a fundraiser captain. He is a member of the National Diabetes Association. Caudle is a supporter and contributor to the Big Oak Ranch for homeless children. He is active at First United Methodist Church.

 

Lee R. Hoekenschneider

Lee Hoekenschnieder began his banking career more than 35 years ago and has held senior leadership positions in several areas of banking for AmSouth Bank. He attended the University of Alabama and UAH, as well as, the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University and Canon Trust School at Pepperdine University, and also has his Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Hoekenschnieder has been active in the Huntsville community and has held leadership positions in numerous civic organizations. Currently, Hoekenschnieder is treasurer of First Community Health, past president of the Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation, Chairman of the board of directors for Biztech, chair Creative Cities Committee of the Committee of 100 and chairman emeritus of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

 

Elam P. Holley, Jr

Elam P. Holley, Jr., most recently served as President and CEO of First Partners Bank in Birmingham, Ala. Holley has been in banking for almost 45 years, beginning his career in Selma, Ala., with The People's Bank and Trust Company, working his way up to President and CEO of that institution. After moving to Birmingham in 2005, Holley and other original investors started SouthCity Bank (which became First Partners Bank) in Vestavia Hills in 2007. The bank received many honors and recognitions over its last few years, including Bauer 5 Star Ratings and Small Business Administration Community Bank of the Year and Venture Capitalist of the Year. Holley was named as Jefferson County CEO of the Year (small business category) by The Birmingham Business Journal. Holley is also a founding member of the Neutral Solution, a mediation/arbitration firm in Birmingham.

Holley currently serves as a Deacon of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, President of the Birmingham Metropolitan Dinner Club, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and Director Emeritus of the Marion Military Institute. Holley has served as a Board Member of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, Trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Vestavia Chamber of Commerce, and Board Member of the Alabama Multifamily Loan Consortium and Alabama Coastal Conservation Association.

Holley is a member of both Leadership Vestavia Hills and Leadership Alabama, Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Vestavia Country Club and the Alabama and American Bar Associations. Previously, he was a Rotarian, Chairman of the Selma & Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, District Commissioner and Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, Sunday School Teacher and more.

Holley is a graduate of Marion Military Institute, The University of Alabama, Jones Law School, as well as the banking institutes of LSU and The University of Wisconsin.

 

Eric W. Janssen, MD

Eric Janssen has served on the board of directors of the bank since its inception. Janssen is an orthopedic surgeon and founding partner of SportsMed Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he currently practices. He is a member of the Crestwood Medical Center board of directors and serves as a clinical instructor for Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Janssen is a past board member of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce as well as Madison County Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Randolph School. In addition, he is a past medical volunteer for USA Gymnastics and their athletes.

As a graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine, Janssen completed his residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio and completed a fellowship at Hughston Orthopedic Clinic in Columbus, Ga. In May of 2018, he received his MBA from The University of Alabama and continues to stay active both in his medical practice and his community.

 

Bhavani Kakani

Board Secretary

Bhavani Kakani has served on the board of directors of the bank since its inception. Kakani is president of the AshaKiran, A Ray of Hope. She is a treasurer for the Huntsville Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force and Co-Chair of the Huntsville Madison County Domestic Violence Task Force. She is an advocate of better health for all persons and currently serves on the Healthcare Authority of the City of Huntsville and served on Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees (Board Chair) and The Statewide Health Coordinating Council boards. She also served in leadership roles with the Madison County Medical Alliance (president), Alliance to the Medical Society of the State of Alabama (president), Southern Medical Association Alliance, Alliance to the American Medical Association, National Children's Advocacy Center (board president) and Hospice. She believes in providing a greater chance in improving quality of life through education. She has been a mentor for Women's Economic Development Council Foundation for more than seven years and is on UAH Foundation Board and Alabama Space Education Commission. She was an active member of the Randolph School, Women's Business Center of North Alabama and Women's Economic Development Council Foundation boards. Kakani is a community supporter and volunteer. She served on boards of Botanical Garden, Huntsville India Association, Huntsville Telugu Association (president), Women's Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art (president), The Symphony Guild, The Arts Council, chaired the United Way Professional Division Campaign and was a Co-Chair of Legacy of Huntsville Bicentennial Celebration Committee.

Kakani holds a B.S. in finance, summa cum laude, and a master of administrative science in business administration and finance from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has been married for more than four decades to Dr. Rao Kakani, general and vascular surgeon.

 

Kevin B. Kynerd

Kevin B. Kynerd is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Building Company, Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama based general contractor. In addition to his role with Bradford Building, he is also is the founder of 30A Investment Partners.

A 1989 graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Kevin also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Samford University in 1991. In 2009, Kevin earned the LEED Green Associate credential from the Green Building Certification Institute. He began his 25-year construction industry career with BE&K Construction Company in Birmingham, serving as a project cost engineer.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Kevin is, or has been, involved in various professional, civic and charitable activities including Young Presidents’ Organization, Progress Bank Board of Directors, Restoration Academy Board of Directors, 30A.com Board of Directors, Birmingham Bowl Executive Committee, Samford University Athletic Executive Committee, Kidz First Fund Board of Directors, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Associated Builders and Contractors Legislative Committee, Birmingham Kiwanis Club, The Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the Compass Bank Young Executive Board. In 2004, Kevin was selected in the Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. Kevin is currently the chairman of the Jay D. Kynerd Charitable Fund.

Kevin and his wife Meredith have two children and reside in Rosemary Beach, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Charles A. "Chip" McCallum, III

Charles A. "Chip" McCallum, III, graduated from The University of Alabama in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1986.

Prior to the merger with Progress Bank, McCallum served as Chairman of the Board for First Partners Bank in Birmingham, Ala. He is active with the Alabama State Bar, serving on the Disciplinary Rules and Enforcement Committee, the Future of the Profession in Alabama Task Force and is a recipient of the President's Award. In addition, McCallum is active with the Birmingham Bar Association, serving on many committees over the years and is frequently included in publications recognizing highly ranked attorneys. He is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation.

McCallum currently serves on the board of several charitable organizations, including Laps for CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and Smile for a Lifetime. He is a member of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church and is a past president of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce.

 

David Nast

President | CEO

David Nast serves as president and CEO for the bank and has served on the Board of Directors since its organization in 2007. For over 20 years, Nast worked in various senior leadership capacities for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham and Huntsville. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Jacksonville State University, as well as banking certificates from the Louisiana State University Banking School of the South and Georgia State University's Leadership Institute. He also holds the Series 7, Series 66 and Series 24 securities licenses.

Nast's involvement in the community includes serving on past boards for numerous organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club and serves as Chairman of the Huntsville Museum of Art Board of Directors. He serves on the Board for the Huntsville Sports Commission and the Huntsville Committee of 100. He is Board Chair Elect for the Alabama Bankers Association and Leadership Alabama. Nast has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Birmingham Branch, and will begin his term in January 2019. 

 

Doug Ruggles

Doug Ruggles joined the board of Progress Bank in 2012. He is the co-owner and CEO of Martin Inc., the parent company for Martin Industrial Supply, Martin Plant Services, Martin Fastening Solutions, Martin Safety Solutions, Townsend Door Hardware and Townsend Systems. Martin, headquartered in Florence, AL has grown into one of the top 100 distribution supply companies.

Ruggles graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in public relations and business in 1985. In 2005, he completed the owner/president management program offered by Harvard Business School Executive Education. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and is involved with the Shoals Economic Development Authority, the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, Special Olympics of the Shoals, United Way and the University of Alabama President's Cabinet.

 

Brad Sklar

Brad Sklar joined the board of Progress Bank in 2016. Sklar is a tax attorney and board member at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. in Birmingham. He has practiced for over 30 years with a focus on business and tax planning issues at the federal, state and local level. He also counsels clients in real estate investments, succession planning and incentives associated with economic development. In addition, he drafts state legislation in the entity and tax arenas. His experience has brought him recognition as a top ranked attorney with accolades including Corporate Law "Lawyer of The Year" for Birmingham in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017; Chambers USA Corporate/Commercial, 2012-2016; and The Best Lawyers in America© in Tax Law each year since 2003.

He holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Texas, a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law , and L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Brad is involved in multiple activities in the Birmingham community and was recently re-elected to serve as President of the Mountain Brook Schools Board of Education for the 2016/17 school year. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Alabama Law School Foundation.

 

Charlie Vaughn

Charlie Vaughn has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank since its inception. Vaughn has a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama and a M.B.A. from Tulane University. He retired from the United States Army in 1986 with 21 years of service as an officer. His tours of duty included The Pentagon, Vietnam, and his last assignment was at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL.

Vaughn then worked 23 years in the defense industry until his final retirement in April 2009. During those years, his positions included those of Project Manager, Vice President for Business Development, Group President and President of CAS, Inc., a local small business, and also Senior Vice President for two public corporations, EDO and ITT.

Mr. Vaughn is active in our community, currently a Board Member for various organizations including the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama, Land Trust of North Alabama, Junior Achievement, N-Logic, GaN Incorporated, and is a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Huntsville Leadership Class 22, and has previously served on boards at Huntsville Hospital Foundation and the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee.

 

Larry C. Weaver

Vice Chairman

Weaver has served on the board of directors of the bank since its inception. He is an attorney and member at Wilmer & Lee, P.A. in its Decatur office, where he has practiced since December 2006. He is a member of its board of governors. Prior to joining that firm, Weaver was an attorney at Eyster, Key, Tubb, Weaver & Roth, LLP in Decatur from 1979 to 2006. His practice areas include taxation, estates and trusts, probate, commercial transactions, corporations and real estate law.

Weaver holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama; a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (mid-year admittee); and an L.L.M. degree in taxation from The University of Alabama School of Law. He has been admitted to the Alabama Bar and to practice before the U.S. Tax Court; the U.S. Claims Court; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Weaver has served as a trustee (chairman and vice chairman positions) of The Northwest District of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 30 years; as a trustee of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, and as chairman of the Staff-Parrish Committee, the Board of Stewards, and the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He is a member of the Decatur Rotary Club, having served on the board of directors for the Rotary Club Foundation, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a founding member of the Morgan County Treasure Forest Association where he serves as treasurer and a member of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce where he served as treasurer.

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