Board of Directors

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Walter M. "Sonny" Deriso, Jr

Chairman,
Board of Directors

Walter M.
Mr. Deriso is the Chairman of Atlantic Capital Bank and Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. He is a retired Vice Chairman of Synovus Financial Corporation in Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Deriso began his business career as a practicing attorney in Albany, Georgia in 1972.
Mr. Deriso is the Chairman of Atlantic Capital Bank and Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.  He is a retired Vice Chairman of Synovus Financial Corporation in Columbus, Georgia.  Mr. Deriso began his business career as a practicing attorney in Albany, Georgia in 1972, and was a partner in the law firm of Divine, Wilkin, Deriso, Raulerson & Fields until 1991, when he became President of Security Bank and Trust Company of Albany, a Synovus bank.  In 1997, he was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Synovus, a position that he held until his retirement on February 1, 2005.

Mr. Deriso has served on the boards of numerous organizations including Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association, Chairman of the Program Management Team of the Georgia Rail Passenger Program, and the Board of Visitors of Emory University.  He has served as a Trustee of Andrew College, a Trustee of Albany State College Foundation and of Darton College Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Deerfield-Windsor School, and President of the Dougherty Rotary Club.  He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Emory University, a member of the Board of Directors of Post Properties, Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), Chairman of The Foundation of the Methodist Children’s Home of the South Georgia Conference, a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Mr. Deriso graduated from Emory University College where he received the Marion Luther Brittain Award.  He received his J.D. with Distinction from Emory University School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Law (now the Emory Law Journal).  He also completed the Duke Advanced Management Program of the Fuqua School of Business.

Douglas L. Williams

President & Chief Executive Officer

Douglas L. Williams
Atlantic Capital was established to set new standards of expertise and service in banking for small and mid-size enterprises. We have the broad perspective, developed through years of relevant experience, to craft solutions tailored for your specific business objectives. We are the bank you’ve been looking for and the one you can trust.
Mr. Williams is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Atlantic Capital Bank and its holding company, Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.
 
From July 2003 until March 2006, Mr. Williams was Managing Director and Head of Wachovia Corporation’s International Corporate Finance Group with responsibility for Wachovia’s investment banking and corporate finance activities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. After the merger of Wachovia and First Union in 2001 and until July 2003, he was Executive Vice President and Head of the Global Corporate Banking Division. The Global Corporate Banking Division was comprised of over 300 banking professionals who managed corporate banking relationships within 12 specialized industry groups and four global regions.
 
At Wachovia, Mr. Williams was Chief Risk Officer for all corporate, institutional, and wholesale banking activities from 2000 until the merger with First Union in late 2001. In that role, he managed over 100 risk management professionals charged with oversight of credit, market, and operational risk in the corporate banking, international banking, capital markets, real estate finance, business banking, dealer finance, and regional commercial banking lines of business. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Williams was Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Wachovia’s Capital Markets Division with direct management responsibility for the debt capital markets business.
 
Mr. Williams was Executive Vice President and Head of Wachovia’s US Corporate Banking Division from 1997 to 1999. He was elected a Senior Vice President and Group Executive in 1995 with responsibility for business in the Western and mid-Western states.
 
Mr. Williams serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, and the High Museum of Art and is a member of the Buckhead Coalition. He is Chairman of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and its representative to the CDIAC of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Previously, Mr. Williams served on the boards of the ABA Securities Association, the Visiting Nurse Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Global Business Leaders Roundtable at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, Young Life Northwest Atlanta, and Whitefield Academy and was an advisor to the Administrative Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America.
 
Mr. Williams graduated with honors from Auburn University with a BS in Finance and has completed management development programs at the Colgate Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

J. David Allen

Board of Directors

J. David Allen
Dr. Allen is the founder and Senior Managing Partner of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, with eight offices throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area and Athens, Georgia. He has been a member of the Department of Surgery at the Emory School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1983.
Dr. Allen is the founder and Senior Managing Partner of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, with eight offices throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area and Athens, Georgia.  He has been a member of the Department of Surgery at the Emory School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1983.  He was president of the Georgia Dental Association, the DeKalb unit of The American Cancer Society, Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  He has also been a member of the American Dental Association since 1975.
 
Dr. Allen served as the Chairman of the statewide Georgia Chamber of Commerce for 2007 and remains on their Board.  Dr. Allen attended Emory College and obtained his DDS from Emory University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Allen served in the Marine Corps prior to founding his own practice in 1975.  Dr. Allen has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Emory Alumni Association, a past president of the Alumni Association of the Emory University School of Dentistry, and served as an Alumni Trustee.  He is currently a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees and a term Trustee on the Emory University Board of Trustees.  He is a Director of the Emory Healthcare Board, the Emory Children's Center Board, and the Emory Clinic.  Dr. Allen is also a Trustee of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board and was a member of the Egleston Children's Hospital Board of Directors.  He is the newly-appointed Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club, and is a Curator of the Georgia Historical Society.
 

Rene M. Diaz

Board of Directors

Rene M. Diaz
Mr. Diaz was born in Cuba and moved to the United States as a child. Mr. Diaz has spent his entire career with Diaz Foods, where he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1980. He has been recognized both locally and nationally as one of the outstanding Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States.
Mr. Diaz was born in Cuba and moved to the United States as a child.  Mr. Diaz has spent his entire career with Diaz Foods, where he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1980.  He has been recognized both locally and nationally as one of the outstanding Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States.
Mr. Diaz is currently active on several boards of directors, including Director, Inc., the Alliance Theatre, Egleston/Scottish Rite Hospital, the Latin American Association, the Carter Center, and Zoo Atlanta.  In addition, he was a founding director of United Americas Bank, Atlanta, a $160 million asset community bank focused on the Hispanic community, where he still serves.  He has also served on the boards of the Atlanta Arts Festival, UNICEF, the American Cancer Society (DeKalb), and the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He received the National Adelante Award in 1996 and was recognized with the Georgia Business of the Year Award in 1995.

Douglas J. Hertz

Board of Directors

Douglas J. Hertz
A native Atlantan, Doug graduated from Westminster High School and went to Tulane University in New Orleans where he earned a BA in History, did graduate work in Organizational Psychology, and earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance.
A native Atlantan, Doug graduated from Westminster High School and went to Tulane University in New Orleans where he earned a BA in History, did graduate work in Organizational Psychology, and earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance. 
Doug began his professional career with KPMG in New Orleans, working in the accounting and consulting services area.  Upon returning to Atlanta, he joined United Distributors, becoming its President and CEO in 1984.  Under his leadership, United, a privately held beverage distribution business, has grown to be listed as one of the top 25 private companies in Atlanta. 
In addition to his responsibilities at United, Mr. Hertz is Chairman of Camp Twin Lakes, a camping facility designed for chronically ill and disadvantaged children that he founded in 1989.  He sits on the boards of The Marcus Foundation, Inc., Atlantic Capital Bank, Georgia Research Alliance, Westminster School and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Tulane University.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest pediatric healthcare system in the country. He also serves on many other civic, business and advisory boards, including the Woodruff Arts Center and Hands On Atlanta.  He has been named the Cartier Volunteer of the Year, is a recipient of the Eleven Alive Community Service Award, and was recognized as the volunteer of the year by the Georgia Association of Philanthropy.  He received the Jefferson Award in Washington D.C., as one of twenty in the country, for distinguished service to children. Doug is also the recipient of the 2009 Philanthropist of the Year Award by the Business to Business magazine and was inducted into Junior Achievement of Georgia’s 2011 Atlanta Business Hall of Fame.

Brian D. Jones

Board of Directors

Brian D. Jones
A Principal and Board member, Brian Jones has over 18 years of financial institutions and investment banking experience. Prior to co-founding BankCap, Mr. Jones served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Carreker Corporation, a publicly-traded bank-focused financial technology company, in charge of Strategy and M&A.
A Principal and Board member, Brian Jones has over 18 years of financial institutions and investment banking experience. Prior to co-founding BankCap, Mr. Jones served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Carreker Corporation, a publicly-traded bank-focused financial technology company, in charge of Strategy and M&A.
From 1989 to 2002, Mr. Jones worked for Bear Stearns in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, where he served most recently as Senior Managing Director in its Investment Banking Group, as head of its Dallas FIG office, and as a leader of its global commercial banking practice. He began his career at Touche Ross. 
Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University and is a C.P.A.

R. Charles Shufeldt

Board of Directors

R. Charles Shufeldt
R. Charles (Charlie) Shufeldt started his career more than three decades ago at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. He moved to Atlanta in 1984, where he joined the predecessor of SunTrust Bank and started a corporate finance business for the commercial bank.
R. Charles (Charlie) Shufeldt started his career more than three decades ago at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. He moved to Atlanta in 1984, where he joined the predecessor of SunTrust Bank and started a corporate finance business for the commercial bank. For more than 20 years, he worked in corporate banking, capital markets and investment banking at SunTrust. In 2010, he returned to Brown Brothers Harriman as a senior advisor.
In addition to serving on the Board of Atlantic Capital Bank, he serves on the Boards of Telarix Inc., Scivantage Inc., Long Lines Inc., and FireDex Inc., as well as the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Trees Atlanta, and the PATH Foundation.
Shufeldt is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He also earned a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Steven W. Smith

Board of Directors

Steven W. Smith
Steve Smith is the Deputy Superintendant/Chief of Staff for the Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to his appointment with the school system, he was vice president of Corporate Responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc). Smith served as the company’s liaison to elected officials and community leaders, strategically overseeing the development and implementation of all Turner community relations and market engagement.
Steve Smith is the Deputy Superintendant/Chief of Staff for the Atlanta Public Schools.

Prior to his appointment with the school system, he was vice president of Corporate Responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc).  Smith served as the company’s liaison to elected officials and community leaders, strategically overseeing the development and implementation of all Turner community relations and market engagement.  He also directed the review, selection and funding of community non-profit organizations through TBS, Inc.’s corporate philanthropy program.
 
Prior to joining TBS, Inc., Smith was director of administrative services for Georgia Public Broadcasting.  He managed daily operations for the 200+ employee digital broadcasting company, directing procurement and purchasing, security, corporate fleet, space allocation and marketing.  From 1991 to 1997, Smith served as a principal in the Fulton County School System, responsible for supervising and implementing curriculum for students, recruiting teachers and initiating and developing partnerships with business to support school projects and programs. 
Smith is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta program and the Leadership Georgia program.  He serves on the boards of directors of the following organizations: Atlantic Capital Bank, Georgia Chamber of Commerce (vice president, membership), Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (Chair), 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, University of Georgia Trustees, University of Georgia Alumni Association, Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition, Metro Atlanta YMCA, 191 Club and the Atlanta Business League. He was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the 2006 Independent Redistricting Task Force, and has been appointed by Mayor Shirley Franklin to her Atlanta Arts & Cultural Funding Task Force.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree in Educational Management, also from the University of Georgia.  He also completed an Ed.S in Educational Management from Troy University.

Chilton Davis Varner

Board of Directors

Chilton Davis Varner
Chilton Davis Varner became King & Spalding’s first female litigation partner in 1983 and the first female partner to serve on the firm’s Management Committee in 1996. She is the senior partner in the firm’s product liability practice.
Chilton Davis Varner became King & Spalding’s first female litigation partner in 1983 and the first female partner to serve on the firm’s Management Committee in 1996.  She is the senior partner in the firm’s product liability practice.  She has lectured and published frequently in the legal and medical literature on issues relevant to her practice, including tort liability, international law, attorney-client privilege and pharmaceutical law. 
Ms. Varner serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University.  She is an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Symphony.  Ms. Varner also serves on the board of publicly-held Brown & Brown Insurance.  In 2007, she received the Lettie Pate Whitehead Award from the Board of Directors Network, honoring achievements and accomplishments of Georgia women serving on corporate boards of directors.
Ms. Varner and her husband Morgan, also a lawyer in Atlanta, have a daughter, Ashley Varner, who is an oncology social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jack F. Ward

Board of Directors

Jack F. Ward
Jack Ward served as chairman and chief executive officer of Russell Corporation, a $1.4 billion international sporting goods company, from April 1998 until August 2006. Ward began his career with Procter & Gamble and H.J. Heinz and joined the L’eggs division of Hanes Corporation in 1972.
Jack Ward served as chairman and chief executive officer of Russell Corporation, a $1.4 billion international sporting goods company, from April 1998 until August 2006.  Ward began his career with Procter & Gamble and H.J. Heinz and joined the L’eggs division of Hanes Corporation in 1972.  In 1992, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation, the acquirer of Hanes Corporation, and named Chief Executive Officer of the multi-billion dollar Hanes Group of companies in 1993.
Ward is a member of The Board of Directors for the Atlantic Capital Bank.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the Board of Trustees for Salem College, the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center, the Board of Governors for The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, and the Foundation Board for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Ward has served on a number of Boards of Directors for public and private corporations and was a past chairman of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).  In 2004, he was one of the 10 national business leaders recognized by the Diversity Best Practices and Business Women’s network for his outstanding commitment to diversity.  He is a frequent speaker on the subjects of ethics, diversity and corporate responsibility.  Currently he serves as Executive-in-Residence for The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility for the J. Mack Robinson School of Business, Georgia State University.

Martie Edmunds Zakas

Board of Directors

Martie Edmunds Zakas
Marietta "Martie" Edmunds Zakas has more than 27 years of financial and business experience. She began her career as an investment broker at Morgan Stanley and held positions in strategic management, finance and corporate development at Holiday Inn Worldwide.
Marietta "Martie" Edmunds Zakas has more than 27 years of financial and business experience. She began her career as an investment broker at Morgan Stanley and held positions in strategic management, finance and corporate development at Holiday Inn Worldwide. From 1993 to 2000, Zakas held positions of increasing responsibility at Equifax, including serving as Corporate Vice President, Director of Investor Relations, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. She served in various positions at Russell Corporation from 2001 to 2006, culminating in her role as Corporate Vice President, Chief of Staff, Business Development and Treasurer. She has served in her current role as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Communications at Mueller Water Products since 2006.

Zakas serves on the board of The Westminster Schools and has served on the boards of such organizations as Randolph College, Berkeley Divinity School of Yale University, Georgia Trust, All Saints’ Child Care Center and St. Jude’s Recovery Center. A member of the Junior Leagues of New York and Atlanta, she also serves as a vestry member and finance committee chair at All Saint’s Episcopal Church. She was named a 2000 Diva in Business-to-Business magazine.
 
Zakas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.