Board of Directors
Ronald H. Francis, Chairman of the Board. Mr. Francis serves as Vice Chairman and CEO of First Landmark Bank. Originally the bank’s President and CEO since its 2008 inception, the Board of Directors elected him to Vice Chairman in August 2011. Since 1983, Mr. Francis has been a member of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of three de novo banks in Cobb County – The Chattahoochee Bank, Charter Bank & Trust Co., and First Landmark Bank. Prior to 1983, he served for nine years as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of First Bank & Trust Co., a Marietta-based community bank. He entered the banking industry in 1969 as a management associate with Trust Company Bank of Atlanta (SunTrust) and rose to the head of the credit department within one year.
In 1994, Mountain National Bank and Charter Bank formed Merit Holding Corporation and operated as two individual banks within the holding company. In 1999, Synovus Corporation purchased Merit, collapsed the holding company, and kept both bank charters. In 2004, Synovus merged Mountain and Charter into Synovus affiliate Bank of North Georgia to form one bank under the Bank of North Georgia name, and Francis served as the bank’s Vice Chairman until 2006.
During his fifteen years at Charter Bank, Mr. Francis and the bank were often recognized for their commitment to service to both clients and community. In 2002 Georgia Trend and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Francis its annual Business Community Service Award. Also, in 1997-98 Francis had the distinct pleasure of serving his professional peers and industry as Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association.
Mr. Francis graduated from Eckerd College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and in 1972 received his MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.
Mr. Francis has a long history of community involvement. He currently serves as chairman of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation and immediate past chairman of the Cobb Community Foundation; as a Trustee of Kennesaw State University Foundation and as a Trustee of Eckerd College. He also serves on the board of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, He is a member of the Chairman’s Club of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the Marietta Country Club and Burlingame Country Club.
A Marietta resident since 1969, Mr. Francis is also a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and the Leadership Cobb and Leadership Georgia alumni associations. He has served on numerous community committees, and he and his wife Claire, who reside in Marietta, co-chaired the Cobb Heart Ball in 2002. He currently serves as chairman of the board of United Arts of Cobb, a 501c3 organization. In 2004, Francis was named Marietta Citizen of the Year by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Other recognition includes recipient of the Glass Ceiling Award presented by Cobb Executive Women.
John H. Moore, Vice Chairman of the Board. Mr. Moore is the Managing partner of the law firm Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele, LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Cobb County Bar Association, Georgia State Board of Bar Examiners, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and the Council for Quality Growth. He also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of First Landmark Bank. Mr. Moore is also active in a number of charitable and civic organizations in Cobb County. He and his wife Robin reside in Marietta.
Terrence Y. DeWitt, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. DeWitt joined First Landmark Bank as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2007, prior to the bank’s opening in March 2008. He was previously with New South Federal Savings Bank in Irondale, Alabama, where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. He has also served as Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of National Bank of Commerce (now Cadence Bank), in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1998 Mr. DeWitt received the Outstanding Young Bankers Award from the Alabama Bankers Association.
His experience in Cobb County includes serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chattahoochee Financial Corporation and The Chattahoochee Bank in Marietta from 1986 to 1990. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in Atlanta in 1983.
Mr. DeWitt is a 1983 graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, the Marietta Country Club, and the Rotary Club of Marietta, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He serves on the Board of Directors and is Finance Committee Chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Cobb Community Collaborative. Terry and his wife, Teresa, reside in Kennesaw.
Stephen D. Cole. Mr. Cole has been President of Robert Bowden Inc., a wholesale building material company for over 20 years. As president, he serves roles in both general and executive management. He has a BBA and an MBA from the University of Georgia. Steve and his wife Terri live in Marietta and are active in the community through their active participation in many civic organizations. Steve also serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Steering Committee for the Joint Center for Housing at Harvard University, and the Board of Trustees for the Walker School.
Richard S. Gardner, DMD. Since 1997, Dr. Gardner has been a general dentist with Austell Dental Associates LLC practicing as Richard S. Gardner, DMD PC. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association and the Northwest District Dental Society. Dr. Gardner is a member of the Marietta Country Club, and he and his wife Laura and family reside in Marietta.
Terri Bunten Guthrie, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Mrs. Guthrie has been First Landmark Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer since the bank’s inception in 2008. Previously Mrs. Guthrie was Senior Vice President and Community Executive for Bank of North Georgia in Cobb County and Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer with Security Exchange Bank in Cobb County. A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Mrs. Guthrie is an active member of many non-profit organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for the Center for Family Resources and the YWCA of Northweest Georgia, where she is also the Chair for the Academy of Women Leaders governing board. In addition, she has been an active advocate, fundraiser and volunteer in various community special projects including the American Heart Association, United Arts of Cobb, and the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Guthrie is also a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and served as its president in 2005-2006. She and her husband Jim reside in Marietta.
Linda McKinley Hagood. Mrs. Hagood opened Key Staffing Services in 1987 after working 10 years in the food industry in sales and marketing positions throughout the U.S. Key Staffing was acquired by Office Specialists of Boston, MA in 1998 that merged with Randstad NA (based in Amsterdam Netherlands) through an acquisition in 2000. Mrs. Hagood is a three-time recipient of the prestigious INC 500 award for fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. where during years 1992-1996 she grew the company more than 750%. She has been an active member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the 1997 Leadership Cobb class. Mrs. Hagood is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Cobb YWCA and of Cobb Family Resources. She resides in Marietta with her husband Felton and is a member of the Marietta Country Club.
Andrew W. Jones. Mr. Jones has practiced law in northwest Atlanta since 1993, primarily in the Marietta and Cobb County communities. Mr. Jones is a member of the Board of Governor’s of the State Bar of Georgia and has served as the president of the Younger Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and as president of the Cobb County Younger Lawyers Division. He also served as president and treasurer of the Cobb County Bar Association. Mr. Jones is a Trustee for the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, a member of the Georgia Bar Foundation and the Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association. Mr. Jones and his wife Ashley reside in the City of Marietta.
Robert F. Krause, Jr. Since 2003 Mr. Krause has served as President of Newport Development, LLC and has managed all activities of the real estate development process for Newport Development’s various projects. A resident of Atlanta, Mr. Krause is a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Ansley Golf Club and Cherokee Golf and Country Club.
Nicholas W. Massengill. Mr. Massengill serves as Director and Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Robert Bowden, Inc. He has served the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as an advisor on both energy and building codes. Mr. Massengill currently serves on a steering committee for the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. He is an advisor to the industry’s leading trade journal, and several national building material manufacturers. Mr. Massengill is active in the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and is currently on the Executive Board of the Cobb Chapter, which has honored him as their Associate of the Year four times. Mr. Massengill is a graduate of Leadership Cobb, member of the Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, and a member of Marietta Country Club. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of North Georgia College & State University. Mr. Massengill resides in Marietta with his wife Angela.
R. Pat McPherson. Mr. McPherson is founder and president of Hospital Pharmacy Management. In addition to his consultant business, he has simultaneously owned and managed several real estate investment companies, including RPM Investment, Inc. Also, from 1996 to 2004, Mr. McPherson was part owner, board member and financial advisor to Construction Systems, Inc., a gypsum floor underlayment and light weight concrete applicator company that was sold in 2004. Mr. McPherson is a member of the State Board of Pharmacy, the Georgia Pharmacist Association, the Georgia Society of Health Systems Pharmacy and the National Boards of Pharmacy. He is also a member of the American Legion and the Marietta Elks Club. Mr. McPherson and his wife Janet reside in Marietta.
James Z. Pressley, Jr. Mr. Pressley is with Unified AV Systems, formerly Multi Media Services LLC, an audio visual services company founded in 1976. Mr. Pressley formerly served as President and CEO of ADB Group (f/k/a Transus, Inc.) Transus also had interests in real estate businesses, including Keeler Woods Joint Venture, LLC, in which Mr. Pressley served as President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Pressley is a member of the Marietta Country Club and the Cuscowilla Golf Club in Eatonton. He is Past Chairman of the Board of the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society and Past Finance Chairman of The Walker School in Marietta. Mr. Pressley is married to the former Adrian Cortelyou Winship of Atlanta and they reside in Marietta.
J. Al Pond. Mr. Pond serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pond & Company, a multi discipline engineering and architectural firm. Mr. Pond is the past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, the past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services; and has been active in the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has been recognized as Engineer of the Year in Metro Atlanta, and Engineer of the Year in Private Practice by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. He currently serves on the planning commission for Sandy Springs and is on the Board of Georgians for Better Transportation (coalition for transportation funding in Georgia). He is a member of the Cherokee Town & Country Club and an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta. Mr. Pond has been active in United Way where he directed the campaign for engineering firms in Metro Atlanta, and the Atlanta Heart Fund. He is married to Kathi, and they reside in Atlanta.
William D. Smith, Jr. A Marietta native, Mr. Smith is Vice President of Little & Smith, Inc., an independent insurance agency with a long history in the Marietta/Cobb County community. Mr. Smith is a member of Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and serves on the industry’s Advisory Council with several insurance companies. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of Buckhead Baseball, the Atlanta Junior Golf Association and Pace Academy. Mr. Smith’s civic and social affiliations include Rotary and the Atlanta Forum and the Marietta Country Club, the Capital City Club and the Peachtree Golf Club. Mr. Smith and his wife Julie reside in Atlanta.
Fred Wood (Woody) Snell, III. Mr. Snell has been actively involved in real estate development for over 20 years. He formed Lynwood Development Group in 2008 to focus on unique development opportunities. In addition to its master development activity, Lynwood provides to the general public land planning, rezoning, site engineering, construction, pre-acquisition due diligence and feasibility study services. Mr. Snell’s community involvement includes both personal and professional interests. He is the past president of Friends for East Cobb Park and has served with the Cobb County Habitat for Humanity and the Metro North Youth Soccer Association in various roles. Professionally he serves as the Chairman of the Cobb County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Cobb County Development Standards Committee, the State of Georgia Erosion and Sediment Technical Committee, the Fulton County Watershed Initiative, and is the past vice chairman of the Fulton County Development Advisory Committee. Mr. Snell is married to Joy Johnston Snell and they reside in East Cobb in Marietta.
David B. Swales. For more than thirty years Mr. Swales has provided quality workmanship as a developer and builder in many prestigious communities throughout Cobb and Fulton Counties. Mr. Swales began building in Cobb County in 1973 through his company Province Properties, Inc. and later established Province Development, Inc. Mr. Swales’ honors include several professionalism awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, of which he is a member. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Cobb County Home Builders Association. Mr. Swales is a long time resident of Cobb County and a member of the Marietta Country Club.