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Heritage First Bank Board of Directors

Rome, Georgia

Name Position
Kenneth F. Davis, M.D. (L-R as pictured) Member
Randal A. Land Member
Kimberly G. Mauer Member
Wayne E. Vick Member
Gregory C. Wilkes Chief Executive Officer, Member
Helmut H. Cawthon Chairman
Ryan P. Earnest President, Member
Laura H. Mumber Member
Wade C. Hoyt, III Member
Thad W. Watters, Sr. Member
 

Helmut H. Cawthon

Business Owner

Rome, Georgia

Mr. Cawthon moved to Rome, Georgia in 1977 after graduating from Columbus College with an Accounting degree. He owned and operated two Shoney's restaurants in Rome and one in Carrollton, Georgia. Mr. Cawthon currently has a real estate license and owns and operates The Country Sportsman in West Rome.

Mr. Cawthon joined the Heritage First Bank Board of Directors in April, 2010 and serves as a member of the ALCO Committee, Audit Committee, Marketing & Business Development Committee and Chairman of the Loan Committee. Mr. Cawthon was named Chairman of the Board in October, 2011. Mr. Cawthon is also a member of the Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors.

Kenneth F. Davis, M.D.

Business Executive

Rome, Georgia

Dr. Davis is a native of Rome where he attended Darlington School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in Athens and earned his Medical Doctorate from Emory University in Atlanta. His residency training was at Emory University-affiliated hospitals from 1981 through 1986. In 1986 Dr. Davis was Chief Resident at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Davis was in private practice at Harbin Clinic as a General Surgeon from 1986 through 2000.

Dr. Davis retired as President and CEO of the Harbin Clinic, based in Rome. Harbin Clinic is the largest and oldest privately owned multi-specialty group in Georgia. With more than 240 providers practicing in 47 areas of care, Harbin Clinic serves 700,000 patients.

Dr. Davis joined the Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors in November, 2005 and was elected Chairman of the Board in March, 2009.

Ryan P. Earnest

Banking Executive

Rome, Georgia

Ryan Earnest's career in banking began in 1995 in Rome, Georgia. He joined the organizing staff of Heritage First Bank in October 2002 as a lender and in 2005 assumed the role of Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer until being elected as the Bank's President in 2008.

Mr. Earnest received a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Georgia College in 1990 and completed the requirements of Diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in 2008.

Mr. Earnest is a member, and former Board of Directors member, of the Seven Hills Rotary Club. He also serves on the YMCA Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board of Directors for Trails for Recreation and Economic Development (TRED), the Harbin Clinic Sports Health Foundation Board of Directors and Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth Board of Directors having served two separate terms as President in his 18-year membership. Mr. Earnest also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Floyd Healthcare Foundation and as previous Chairman of the Diaconate for the First Presbyterian Church of Rome. He also serves on the Board of Directors and holds the position of Secretary for the South Rome Redevelopment Association.

Mr. Earnest has been a member of the Board of Directors since May, 2008 and also serves on the Board of Directors of Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Earnest also serves on the Heritage First Bank Loan Committee and ALCO Committee.

Wade C. Hoyt, III

Attorney

Rome, Georgia

Wade Hoyt has been the managing partner for The Hoyt Firm, Attorneys at Law from 1990 to present. He holds a JD degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Mr. Hoyt has served as the County Attorney for Floyd County.

Mr. Hoyt joined the Heritage First Bank Board of Directors in 2005 and is a member of the Heritage First Bank ALCO Committee and Loan Committee.

Randal A. 'Randy' Land

Business Executive

Rome, Georgia

Mr. Land is Chief Executive Officer of J. L. Todd Auction Company and RAL Properties. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Coosa Valley Technical School and graduated from the Georgia School of Real Estate. Mr. Land also attended the Mendenhall Auctioneering School and the Certified Auctioneers Institute, University of Indiana. Mr. Land has been in the auction business for 30 years. He is a past President of the Georgia Auctioneers Association and a lifetime member of the National Auctioneers Association.

Mr. Land served as member of the Heritage First Bank Advisory Board beginning in 2002 prior to the Bank opening and has been an active member of the Heritage First Bank Board of Directors since that time. In addition to the Board of Directors, Mr. Land currently serves on the Heritage First Bank Audit Committee and Loan Committee.

Kimberly G. 'Kim' Mauer

Registered Nurse

Rome, Georgia

Mrs. Mauer is a Registered Nurse and works in the Radiology Department of Redmond Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Mauer received her Nursing Degree from Floyd College.

Mrs. Mauer serves on the Board of Directors for Cancer Navigators, is a sustaining member of the Junior Service League of Rome formerly chairing the group's Nominations Committee. Mrs. Mauer has also serves with Good Neighbor Ministries.

Mrs. Mauer was appointed to the Board of Directors in April, 2011. Mrs. Mauer serves on the Audit Committee, Loan Committee and Marketing & Business Development Committee. Mrs. Mauer also serves on the Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors.

Laura H. Mumber

Business Owner/Business Manager

Rome, Georgia

Mrs. Mumber is the Owner and Business Manager of Many Streams Ranch, LLC and Secretary of Real Estate of Rome, LLC. Mrs. Mumber earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters degree in Teaching from the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Mumber is a former head coach of Three Rivers Swim Team of Rome and currently volunteers as Community Coach at Darlington Middle School. Mrs. Mumber is a past president of the Floyd/Polk/Chattooga Medical Alliance and the Garden Study Club.

Mrs. Mumber was appointed to the Board of Directors in April, 2012. In addition to the Board of Directors, Mrs. Mumber serves on the Loan Committee and Marketing & Business Development Committee. She also serves on the Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors.

Wayne E. Vick

Business Owner

Rome, Georgia

Mr. Vick is the majority owner and President of Southern Bracing Systems, a cargo securement company; Honeycomb Products, a packaging materials manufacturer; and Southern Strapping Systems, a manufacturer of high strength approved straps, all based in Rome, Georgia. Mr. Vick's businesses serve customers in the United States and abroad. He currently holds several pattens used in the transportation industry.

Mr. Vick served on the Floyd County Airport Commission for eight years, one year as Airport Chairman. Mr. Vick served on the Hazardous Materials Advisory Council in Washington, DC for ten years. A current pilot, Mr. Vick is a long time member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He is also a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Mr. Vick joined the Heritage First Bank Board of Directors in May, 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of the Marketing & Business Development Committee. Mr. Vick also serves on the Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors.

Thad W. Watters, Sr.

Self Employed

Rome, Georgia

Mr. Watters has been self employed since 2001. Prior to that, he was part owner and Vice President of Sales for Syntec Industries, Inc. Mr. Watters attended Darlington School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Management from Georgia Tech.

Mr. Watters is a past President of the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, as Chairman of the Georgia Alliance of the Boys & Girls Club for the State of Georgia, serves on the Executive Committee and is a past President of the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia. Thad also serves on the Board of Directors of Cancer Navigators.

Mr. Watters joined the Heritage First Bank Board of Directors in 2003. Mr. Watters currently serves as Chairman of the Heritage First Bank ALCO Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and Loan Committee. He also serves on the Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors.

Gregory C. Wilkes

Banking Executive

Acworth, Georgia

In Mr. Wilkes' 38 year banking career, he has served as CEO of several community banks as well as Regional Executive/City President of several regional banks. Mr. Wilkes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgia Tech. He is a graduate of First Union Executive Leadership Academy, Northwestern University National Graduate Trust School and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Mr. Wilkes joined Heritage First Bank in April, 2009 as Chief Executive Officer of Heritage First Bank and Heritage First Bancshares, Inc., the bank holding company. Mr. Wilkes has served on the Board of Directors of Heritage First Bank and Heritage First Bancshares, Inc. since joining the organization. Mr. Wilkes serves on the Heritage First Bank ALCO Committee and Loan Committee.

 

 

 

 

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