Board of Directors
2014-2015 Board of Directors In order of appearance
H. Jerome Russell
52, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1993. He has moved through the professional ranks of the H.J. Russell & Company’s construction and real estate development operations to his current position as President of H.J. Russell & Company and Russell New Urban Development, LLC. Mr. Russell previously served as President of City Beverage Company, a local beverage distributor. He is a board member of the American Kidney Fund, Central Atlanta Progress, Metro Atlanta YMCA, and Concessions International. He serves in various capacities for other civic and community organizations including the Young President Organization, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the Atlanta Rotary. We believe Mr. Russell’s varied business experience, particularly as related to real estate and construction is very useful to the board and qualifies him to serve as a director.
Dr. Donald Ratajczak
Consulting Economist – Retired Board position as of May 18, 2015.
Ray M. Robinson
Chairman, 67, joined the Board of Directors in 1999 and was appointed Chairman in May 2003. Mr. Robinson is the retired president of AT&T’s Southern Region and was formerly responsible for marketing, sales, and promotions of AT&T’s Business and Consumer Services across the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He has also previously held numerous management positions in operations, corporate relations, and regulatory affairs in Albuquerque, Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Colorado Springs and New Jersey. Mr. Robinson is active in the community and holds memberships in the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the National Black MBA Association, and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of American Airlines, the Georgia Aquarium, Aaron Rents, Inc., Avnet, Inc., and Acuity Brand Corporation. He is the President Emeritus of the East Lake Golf Club and a former trustee of Meharry Medical College. We believe Mr. Robinson’s extensive leadership and management skills, his experience on the boards of other public companies, and his active community involvement make him a valued contributor to the board and qualify him to serve as a director.
C. David Moody, Jr.
58, is founder and president of C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., and former member of the Board of Directors of First Southern Bancshares and its subsidiary, First Southern Bank. He has served on the Company’s board since the merger with First Southern in 1998. In 2009, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Mr. Moody as General Contractor Representative for the Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, on which he chairs the General Division. He is a member of numerous professional, civic, and social organizations, including the Atlanta Business League, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Atlanta Rotary, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is a former president of the National Association of Minority Contractors (Atlanta Chapter), serves on the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College, and serves on the board of directors for Morehouse College Business School, Atlanta Business League, Theragenics (NYSE), and the Chick-fil-a Foundation. We believe Mr. Moody’s extensive business experience, especially in the construction industry, as well as his community involvement, qualify him to serve as a director.
Cynthia N. Day
President and CEO, 49, assumed the presidency of the Company and Citizens Trust Bank on February 27, 2012. Ms. Day joined Citizens Trust Bank in February 2003 as Executive Vice President of Management Services after the Bank acquired Citizens Federal Savings Bank of Birmingham, where she served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and in other capacities since 1993. Two years after the acquisition, Ms. Day became the Senior Executive Vice President & COO of the Company and the Bank. Prior to becoming a banker, Ms. Day, who is a certified public accountant, worked for KMPG as an audit manager, managing audit engagements for companies across several different industries including banking, insurance, manufacturing and educational institutions, many of which were publicly traded. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Day has been recognized for her leadership and mentorship in various community and professional organizations including being named one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence” by the Atlanta Business League and one of Atlanta Tribune’s “Wonder Women”. She is a member of or has previously served in various organizations such as the Board of Directors of the National Bankers Association, the Georgia Society of CPAs, the University of Alabama Continuing Education Advisory Board, the American Liver Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, and Mt. Paran Church of God. Ms. Day also serves as a director of Aaron’s, Inc. and Primerica. Ms. Day’s insight into the day-to-day operations of the Bank and her understanding of the banking industry adds value to the board and qualifies her to serve as a director.
James E. Williams
66, has been a Director for Citizens Trust Bank since 2003. Mr. Williams is a retired Executive Vice President with Turner Broadcasting System, after a long career in radio and television. With Turner, his primary responsibilities included domestic oversight for WTBS, Turner South, Direct Response, and The Turner Trade Group. He also had international responsibilities that included sales of all Time Warner assets throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America for the Turner Trade Group. He is currently President of Williams Communications System, a communications consulting firm that specializes in sales, marketing, and management. His current clients include the Atlanta Braves, Fred Williams’ Trucking, and Atlanta Peach Movers. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Technical College and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Alliance for Children, Meharry Medical College, where he chairs the Institutional Advancement Committee, Young Harris College, and the Greenforest Academy Foundation. Mr. Williams is also Chairman Emeritus of The Atlanta Tip-off Club. He previously served as a Board Member of the Arts Festival of Atlanta and the Atlanta Public Schools Career Education Advisory Council and as an officer of the Atlanta Broadcasting Advertising Club and the National Negro Golf Association. We believe Mr. Williams’ leadership and management skills, particularly his extensive experience in the marketing business, bring valuable insight to the board and qualify him to serve as a director.
Robert L. Brown, Jr.
63, joined the Board of Directors of the Company in 2000. In 1984, he established R. L. Brown & Associates, Inc. to provide architectural and construction management on projects for corporate clients and private/government groups. His company has designed many projects throughout Metro-Atlanta and Alabama including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Morehouse College Leadership Center, 1996 Olympic Tennis Venue, Clark Atlanta University Student Center, and academic buildings for Georgia Perimeter and Spelman Colleges. Active in business and community affairs, Mr. Brown serves as Chairman of The Partnership for Excellence in Education and a Board Member of Agnes Scott College and The Georgia Historical Society. His corporate board involvement includes Georgia Power, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and The Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Atlanta Business League, Decatur Rotary, Leadership DeKalb, Leadership Georgia, and 100 Black Men of DeKalb. We believe Mr. Brown’s extensive experience in the construction industry, as well as his community involvement, qualifies him to serve as a director.
Stephen A. Elmore, Sr.
63, joined the Board of Directors in 2003. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Bank Auditor, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of the accounting firm Elmore CPAs, LLC. The Firm’s practice is limited to forensic accounting and litigation consulting. Mr. Elmore serves as an Expert Witness in both criminal and civil litigation proceedings. In that capacity, he provides expert testimony on financial, accounting, and economic issues. He has over 41 years of accounting and audit experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Elmore spent 10 years as a Partner in the accounting firm of Smiley-Smith & Bright, CPAs, before founding Elmore CPAs, LLC. He also spent 22 years as the General Auditor of Wachovia Bank of Georgia, N.A. (formerly First National Bank of Atlanta), and the Deputy General Auditor of the bank’s parent company, Wachovia Corporation. In addition, he spent seven years with an international public accounting firm serving clients in the financial services industries. He has taught classes in Bank Regulations, Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Statement Preparation for various Community Banking Associations across the country.
Active in civic and professional organizations, Mr. Elmore is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Certified Bank Auditors, the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Black Accountants. He is a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the Morehouse College Alumni Association, and the Leadership Atlanta Alumni. Mr. Elmore was a founding member of the Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc., governing board and served as its Treasurer and audit committee chairman. He is also a past board member of The NAACP Atlanta Chapter, the University Community Development Corporation, the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery, Alabama, and the Georgia Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association. We believe Mr. Elmore’s extensive banking and auditing experience is invaluable to the board, particularly the Audit Committee, and qualifies him to serve as a director