Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in community banking and recently served as an Executive Vice President of CapStar Bank until his retirement in December 2019. Mr. Cunningham has served on our Board since his appointment in 2018, and currently serves on the Community Affairs Committee and the Credit Committee. Previously, Mr. Cunningham served as President and CEO of Athens Federal Community Bank from March of 2000 through September 30, 2018 when Athens Federal Community Bank merged with CapStar Bank.
Mr. Cunningham served as Chairman of Southland Finance Company, a subsidiary of Athens Federal Community Bank. Mr. Cunningham was the lead officer and director of Athens Federal Community Bank in its conversion from a mutual savings bank to an OCC chartered Savings Bank and IPO in 2010 and later its conversion to an OCC chartered National Bank. Prior to entering the banking profession in 2000, Mr. Cunningham practiced law for 12 years with an emphasis on commercial transactions, personal and commercial litigation, probate, and real estate law. Mr. Cunningham is an AV rated lawyer.
Mr. Cunningham received a B.S. in Banking and Finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Cunningham is a graduate of the ABA Graduate School of Banking held at Georgetown University. Mr. Cunningham is past President of the Independent Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association. He served two terms as president of the McMinn Bar Association. Mr. Cunningham also serves as President and CEO of the Athens Federal Foundation which is active throughout Southeast Tennessee financing and funding various charitable causes and organizations which are active in addressing the basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, safety, and security.