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Denny Bottorff
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Bottorff was one of the founders of CapStar Bank and currently serves as Chairman of our Board and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Community Affairs Committee and the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Bottorff has served on our Board since 2008. He is also the Founding General Partner of Council Capital Management, a private equity firm located in Nashville, where he was previously a Managing Partner from 2001 to 2016.

Mr. Bottorff began his career in banking in 1968 at the former Commerce Union Bank in Nashville. After serving in numerous positions, he was named President in 1981 and Chief Executive Officer shortly thereafter. When Commerce Union Bank merged with Sovran Financial Corporation, or Sovran, in 1987, Mr. Bottorff became Chief Operating Officer of Sovran and moved to Norfolk, Virginia. He continued in this position when Sovran merged with Citizens and Southern Bank in Atlanta. After Citizens and Southern Bank and Sovran merged to form NationsBank, Mr. Bottorff returned to Nashville in 1991 to become Chief Executive Officer of First American National Bank. Following AmSouth’s acquisition of First American National Bank in 1999, Mr. Bottorff served as AmSouth’s Chairman of the board until his retirement in January 2001. He has served on over twelve corporate boards, including all the banks at which he was an officer, Dollar General, Shoney’s, Ingram Industries and Tennessee Valley Authority, where he served as Chairman.

Presently he is Trustee Emeritus at Vanderbilt University and a director of ANS, LLC. His leadership in the community has included serving as Chairman of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, the United Way, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Titans Advisory Board, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. He received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

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