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Harold Reynolds

  • Chairman and CEO of BankSouth
  • Member, Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia representing the 10th Congressional District
  • Past Chairman of State Board of Georgia Technical Colleges
  • Member of Georgia Tech Young Engineers Hall of Fame
  • 30 years in banking industry  

Marguerite Petrie

  • Chipman-Union, Inc. for 20 years with experience in manufacturing, engineering, systems and marketing
  • Marketing and systems consultant afterwards
  • 25 years on BankSouth's Board of Directors


James M. Reynolds, III

  • Experience in real estate investment, banking and the timber industry
  • BankSouth Director since 1981
  • One of the developers of Reynolds Lake Oconee
  • Board member for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
  • Served on The Georgia Board of Industry, Trade and Tourism
  • Past Chair of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Division for Georgia

Frances R. Strickland

  • Over 25 years in the education field. 
  • Served as VP of BankSouth, Marketing Officer and Branch Manager
  • BankSouth Director for the past 25 years.
  • Serves on BankSouth Foundation

Bobby Voyles

  • Began banking career in 1961 with Citizens and Southern Bank in Atlanta
  • Employee of BankSouth for 38 years; retiring in 2005
  • Experienced in all phases of commercial banking and various leadership positions
  • Member of BankSouth's Board of Directors since 1967
  • Former President and CEO and former Chairman of the BankSouth Foundation

Kay Ford

  • Chief Banking Officer at BankSouth
  • Over 40 years in banking and wealth management
  • Served on the Boards of Directors of the United Way, the Memorial Health Foundation, Memorial Health Medical Center, Savannah Fund for Excellence in Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters and St. Mary's Home
  • Chairman of the BankSouth Savannah Advisory Board
  • Former President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Savannah, Georgia

Jerry Shaifer

  • Founder, Chairman and CEO of Piedmont Water Company
  • Past COO Seyfarth Shaw, an international law firm with 2,000 employees based in Chicago
  • Past leadership positions with commercial and residential mortgage banking organizations
  • Former member of the Advisory Board for the Federal National Mortgage Association

Gene Kirby

  • Over 30 years experience in the industry having served multiple roles across retail banking, commercial banking, marketing and executive management
  • Founder of C.G. Kirby Partners, LLC Consulting Firm
  • Former chairman of the Consumer Bankers Association
  • Former President of NewAlliance Bank in New Haven, Connecticut

Mike Garrett

  • Former President and CEO of Georgia Power
  • Former President and CEO of Mississippi Power
  • Past Chairman of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce