Gene Taylor has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors and as our Chief Executive Officer since our founding in 2009. Mr. Taylor spent 38 years at Bank of America Corp. and its predecessor companies, most recently as the Vice Chairman of the firm and President of Global Corporate & Investment Banking. Mr. Taylor also served on Bank of America's Risk & Capital and Management Operating Committees. He originally joined Bank of America in 1969 as a credit analyst. He served in branch offices, marketing and management positions across North Carolina and Florida. In 1990, Mr. Taylor was named President of the Florida Bank and, in 1993, President of NationsBank Corp. in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 1998, Mr. Taylor was appointed to lead Consumer and Commercial Banking operations in the legacy Bank of America Western U.S. footprint. He subsequently returned to Charlotte, North Carolina to create a national banking unit and, in 2001, was named President of Bank of America Consumer & Commercial Banking. In 2004, Mr. Taylor assumed responsibility for the organization's combined commercial banking businesses known as Global Business & Financial Services, before being named Vice Chairman of Bank of America and President of Global Corporate & Investment Banking in 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Taylor served as a Senior Advisor at Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Taylor serves as a director of Capital Bank Corporation, our operating bank subsidiary. Mr. Taylor is a Florida native and received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. Mr. Taylor previously served on the boards of directors of Capital Bank Corp., Green Bankshares and TIB Financial Corp., three companies we held controlling interests in prior to the time we merged each of these companies into the Company in September 2012 as part of our reorganization. Mr. Taylor is a director of Sonic Automotive, Inc.
Martha M. Bachman has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2012. Ms. Bachman began her professional career in 1980 as an owner/co-owner of a successful retail, non-public company in Northeast Tennessee which was sold in 2007. She currently provides financial consulting to her family's other personal enterprises including rental properties, investments and other holdings.
Ms. Bachman's family has been closely affiliated with Green Bankshares, Inc. ("Green Bankshares"), a company we acquired in September 2011, for over two generations which provides a strong historical connection between the local community and Capital Bank. Ms. Bachman was a director of Green Bankshares until Green Bankshares merged into the Company as part of the reorganization in September 2012.
Richard DeMartini has been a member of our Board of Directors since our founding in 2009. Mr. DeMartini joined Crestview Partners, a private equity firm, in 2005 and became a Managing Director of Crestview in 2006. Mr. DeMartini serves as a director of Partners Capital. Mr. DeMartini retired as President of Bank of America's Asset Management Group in December 2004. He was also a member of the Risk and Capital Committee and the Operating Committee at Bank of America, which he joined in 2001. Prior to joining Bank of America in 2001, Mr. DeMartini served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the International Private Client Group at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He also was a member of the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Management Committee. Mr. DeMartini's career at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter spanned more than 26 years and included roles as President of Individual Asset Management, Co-President of Dean Witter & Company, Inc. and Chairman of Discover Card. He has been a member of the investment community since joining Dean Witter in 1975. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Mr. DeMartini earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from San Diego State University.
Peter Foss has been a member of our Board of Directors since our founding in 2009. Mr. Foss was President of the General Electric Company's Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Accounts from 2003 until his retirement in February 2013. In addition, Mr. Foss was General Manager for Enterprise Selling, with additional responsibilities for Sales Force Effectiveness and Corporate Sales Programs. Mr. Foss was rehired by GE in November 2013 to serve as leader of the GE/NFL Brain Research Program. He has been with GE for 35 years and, prior to his most recent positions, served for six years as the President of GE Polymerland, a commercial organization representing GE Plastics in the global marketplace. Prior to GE Polymerland, Mr. Foss served in various commercial roles in the company, including introducing LEXAN ® film in the 1970s, and was the Market Development Manager on the ULTEM ® introduction team in 1982. He has also served as the Regional General Manager for four of the GE Plastics regions, including leading the GE Plastics effort in Mexico in the mid-1990s. Mr. Foss serves as a director of Capital Bank Corporation, our operating bank subsidiary. Mr. Foss also serves as a director of Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. Mr. Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston. Mr. Foss previously served on the boards of directors of Capital Bank Corp., Green Bankshares and TIB Financial Corp., three companies we held controlling interests in prior to the time we merged each of these companies into the Company in September 2012 as part of our reorganization.
Bill Hodges has been a member of our Board of Directors since our founding in 2009. Mr. Hodges has been President and Owner of LKW Properties LLC, a Charlotte-based residential land developer and homebuilder, since 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Hodges worked for over 30 years in various functions at Bank of America and its predecessors. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Chairman of Bank of America's Capital Commitment Committee. Mr. Hodges served as Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets from 1998 to 2004 and as Managing Director and Head of the Real Estate Finance Group from 1996 to 1998. Prior to Bank of America's merger with NationsBank Corp., he served as Washington, D.C. Market President and Head of MidAtlantic Commercial Banking for NationsBank Corp. from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Hodges began his career at North Carolina National Bank, where he worked for 20 years in various roles, including Chief Credit Officer of Florida operations and as manager of the Real Estate Banking and Special Assets Groups. Mr. Hodges serves as a director of Capital Bank Corporation, our operating bank subsidiary. Mr. Hodges earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Georgia State University. Mr. Hodges previously served on the boards of directors of Capital Bank Corp., Green Bankshares and TIB Financial Corp., three companies we held controlling interests in prior to the time we merged each of these companies into the Company in September 2012 as part of our reorganization.
Scott Kauffman has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2016. Mr. Kauffman joined Oak Hill Capital Management, a private equity firm, in 2009 and has focused on the firm’s business and financial services investments. He is responsible for originating, structuring and managing the investments in the Business and Financial Services Group. Prior to joining Oak Hill, Mr. Kauffman was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group, where for 13 years he was actively engaged in maintaining and building client relationships, providing strategic advice and transaction execution and expertise to boards of directors and executive and senior management of financial institutions. Mr. Kauffman was the Co-Chief Operating Officer for the America’s Financial Institutions Bank Group and a member of the Merger Leadership Group. Mr. Kauffman currently serves as a director of Ability Reinsurance Holdings Inc. He holds his Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of The Association for Investment Management and Research and a member of The Investment Analyst Society of Chicago.
Mr. Kauffman was a director of the CommunityOne Bancorp and CommunityOne Bank, N.A. from October 21, 2011 and served on the Strategic Planning and the Compensation and Nominating Committee until CommunityOne merged into the Company in October 2016.
Oscar A. Keller III has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2012. Mr. Keller served as a director of "Old Capital Bank" since its inception in 1997 until the completion of our reorganization and as a director of Capital Bank Corp. since its inception until the completion of our reorganization in September 2012, and as Chairman of the board of directors of Capital Bank Corp. from Capital Bank Corp.'s inception through the closing of our investment in Capital Bank Corp. in January 2011. He also served as a director of Capital Bank Foundation, Inc. Mr. Keller was also a founding director of Triangle Bank from 1988 to 1998, and served on its executive committee and audit committee. Furthermore, he served as a director of Triangle Leasing Corp. from 1989 to 1992. He is currently, and has been for the past 15 years, Chief Executive Officer of Earthtec of NC, Inc., an environmental treatment facility founded in 1991 in Chicago, Illinois and in Sanford, North Carolina. Mr. Keller attended the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and continues to develop and construct healthcare and retirement homes and apartments across North Carolina. Mr. Keller is also currently the Chairman of the Sanford Lee County Regional Airport Authority (Raleigh Executive Jet Port), Vice Chairman of Lee County Economic Development Corp. and a member of Triangle Regional Partnership Staying on Top 2 committee.
Robert Reid has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2016. Mr. Reid was appointed President and to the Board of Directors of CommunityOne Bancorp and CommunityOne Bank upon consummation of the CommunityOne's recapitalization on October 21, 2011, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2014. Prior to the recapitalization, Mr. Reid had been advising CommunityOne since October 2010. Mr. Reid spent 30 years with Wachovia Corporation and its predecessor, with extensive leadership roles in community banking, retail banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, business banking, real estate finance, capital management and wealth management. At the time of his retirement in June 2009, Mr. Reid was Executive Vice President/Managing Director: Real Estate Division for Wachovia Corporation. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Reid was President of the Retirement and Investment Products Group at Wachovia. From December 2000 to April 2003 and from May 1996 to December 1997, Mr. Reid served as the CEO of First Union - Pennsylvania/Delaware, providing direct management and leadership for First Union's community and branch banking business in Pennsylvania and Delaware. From December 1997 to December 2000, Reid served as the CEO of First Union - Atlantic, overseeing First Union's community and branch banking business in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Mr. Reid has held leadership positions in various community organizations, non-profits and university and community colleges.
William G. Ward, Sr., M.D. has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2012. Dr. Ward is an orthopedic surgeon who was on the faculty of Wake Forest University Health Services for over 20 years, earning the title of full professor in 2000. He retired from Wake Forest on December 31, 2012, where he remains Emeritus Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. He assumed the role of Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of the Musculoskeletal Service Line for Guthrie Healthcare System in Sayre, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2013 where he remained until July 31, 2014. On August 1, 2014, he was appointed Chief of the Musculoskeletal Service Line for Novant Health in the greater Winston-Salem market region (over 1,200 hospital beds and 6 hospitals) and he opened the practice Novant Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine where he continues to practice Orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Ward was one of the original founders of Southern Community Bank and Trust and was a member of Southern Community's initial Board of Directors assembled in 1996 following the creation of Southern Community Bank and Trust. As a founding board member, Dr. Ward was extensively involved in the founding and creation of another community bank in 1982. He was recruited to Southern Community's Board of Directors at the time Southern Community Bank and Trust was being formed because of his knowledge and expertise in "start-up" banking structure and processes. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Southern Community Bank by their board following their decision to select an independent board member as Chair in 2011. Dr. Ward also served as Chair of Southern Community's Investment Committee which coordinated and provided policy oversight on Southern Community's investment strategy and operations and its capital structure. Dr. Ward and colleagues formed a local angel fund (Incentive MicroAngel Fund-IMAF Triad), for which he continues to serve on the administrative committee.