Senior Officers

David Nast

Director
President | CEO

J.E.P. Buchanan

CCO | Senior Lender

Lee R. Hoekenschnieder

Director
Huntsville Market President |
General Banking Executive

Dabsey Maxwell

CFO | COO

Bruce W. Pylant

Decatur Market President

Andy Mann

Shoals Market President

Beth B. Richardson

Madison Market President

Sean Johnson

Birmingham Market President

Dewayne Youngblood

Okaloosa & Walton County Market President

David Nast

Director | 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 25 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, 66 and 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 on the Board of the Huntsville Sports Commission, Leadership Alabama, Committee of 100 and the Alabama Bankers Association. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Huntsville Museum of Art and is Chairman Emeritus for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

 

J.E.P. Buchanan

CCO | Senior Lender

J.E.P. Buchanan has over 22 years of banking experience in Huntsville primarily in commercial lending and credit quality of banks' commercial loan portfolios.

Buchanan received a B.B.A. in finance from Auburn University. He currently serves on the Huntsville Eastern League board of directors and is a past board member of the Arts Council Advisory Board, Boy Scouts Board and Girls, Inc. Board. Buchanan is a member of the Huntsville Rotary, and was a member of Class 19 of the Huntsville-Madison County Leadership Huntsville.

 

Lee R. Hoekenschnieder

Director | Huntsville Market President | General Banking Executive

Lee Hoekenschnieder began his banking career more than 40 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 FirstCommunity Health, Past President of the Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Biztech, Board Member for the Committee of 100 and Chair of Creative Cities, and Chairman Emeritus of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

 

Dabsey Maxwell

CFO | COO

Dabsey Maxwell has extensive experience in financial management within a large holding company, a corporate turnaround team and auditing of commercial banks.

Maxwell holds a B.S. degree with Highest Honors in Business Administration from Auburn University. An accounting major, she is also a Certified Public Accountant. Maxwell was a member of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Focus Class 20 and Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Class 23. She currently serves on the Leadership Madison County Board of Directors as Vice Chair of Development. She is an appointed member of the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission Board (Space & Rocket Center) and the Huntsville Museum of Art Foundation Board. 

 

Bruce W. Pylant

Decatur Market President

Bruce Pylant began his banking career in Huntsville more than 40 years ago and has worked in banking management throughout North Alabama, including Huntsville, Guntersville and Decatur. 

Pylant received his B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and holds certificates from the LSU Graduate School of Banking of the South and Georgia State University Leadership Institute. He has been actively involved in the community with organizations such as United Way of Morgan County, United Way of Madison County, Family Services Center of Madison County, Mental Health Center of Morgan County, Limestone County Economic Development Association, America Red Cross, Alabama Young Bankers, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Huntsville Class 2, Morgan County/Decatur Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Leadership Decatur and Rotary Club of Decatur.

 

Andy Mann

Shoals Market President

Andy Mann is a native of Florence, Alabama and serves as President of Progress Bank in the Shoals Area. His 24-year banking career includes corporate lending, private banking and senior management roles for community and regional banks. Mann graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the University of North Alabama.

Mann has been actively involved serving on past boards for the Shoals Economic Development Authority, Scottsboro Industrial Development Board, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (Chairman), Downtown Florence Unlimited and Scottsboro Rotary Club (President). He is a graduate of Leadership Shoals and Leadership Alabama. Mann is a member of the Florence Rotary Club, currently serves as Chairman of the University of North Alabama College of Business Advisory Council, and on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Valley Art Association, Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments, Helen Keller Hospital and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman).

 

Beth B. Richardson

Madison Market President

Beth B. Richardson began her banking career in Huntsville more than 12 years ago with experience in consumer/retail banking, business banking, private banking, regional management and most recently, Madison Market President for Progress Bank.

She studied at Tuskegee University, Webster University, Huntsville Bible College, and Alabama School of Banking in Mobile. Through these institutions, she holds several degrees: B.S. in marketing: B.A. in theology; M.B.A. Richardson has been active in the Huntsville and Madison communities through her involvement on the boards for Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Girls Incorporated, Huntsville Hospital Foundation's Development Council, Committee of 100, Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Madison Chamber of Commerce, The Schools Foundation, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Madison Hospital Advisory Board, the Madison Police Foundation, and other civic organizations.

 

Sean Johnson

Birmingham Market President

Sean has a 24 year career spanning numerous banking and investment roles in the Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Nashville areas, as area president, regional sales manager, retail executive, and city president.

Johnson holds a B.S. in Management from Auburn University, as well as the Series 6, 63, 65, 53, 7, and 24 licenses. He is active in a variety of organizations including River Region United Way, Business in the Arts Council, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Natural History, Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Business Alliance, Vestavia Hills Youth Baseball, Vestavia Hills Youth Soccer and Newcomen Society. He was also active with the Leadership Committee of 100 (Montgomery), Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Rotary Club and American Cancer Society.

 

Dewayne Youngblood

Okaloosa & Walton County Market President

Dewayne Youngblood serves as Market President of the Okaloosa & Walton County Markets. He began his banking career over 17 years ago with management experience in business banking, community banking, commercial and industrial banking within the local area. He is a graduate of Troy State University in Business Administration.

As a native of Walton County, Florida, Dewayne is involved in the local community through volunteer service in professional, civic and charitable activities. His current and previous community service includes past president of the Northwest Florida State College Foundation Board, past President of the Walton County Economic Development Council, past Board Member for the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member of the All Sports Association and various other roles.

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