Ambassador J. Gary Cooper is the Chairman of CNB Bancorp and the retired Chairman of the Board of Commonwealth National Bank. He has had a lifetime of service within the community, military as a two star general and the government. He has been on a wide range of boards including the Boards of United States Steel Corporation, Protective Life and others and currently serves on the Boards of Mobile, American Friends of Jamaica and others.
He has held positions as the United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Commissioner of the Alabama State Department of Human Resources, Senior Vice-President of David Volkert and Associates, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and the Environment and others.
From 1958 to 1970, Ambassador Cooper was an active duty Marine Corps officer. During his acclaimed military career, he reached the rank of Major General, and earned the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Silver and Bronze Stars.
The Ambassador is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame.
Mike Dow is a three-tour Vietnam veteran having served as a paratrooper rifleman and helicopter door gunner in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BS degree and an MBA in Economics. After his enlistment, Dow worked as the director and senior vice-president of Sales and Marketing for QMS, Inc., a high-tech, start-up electronics manufacturing company. Following his successful QMS business experience Dow ran for public office in 1989, serving four terms (16 years) as the Mayor of Mobile, Alabama.
Prior to his service as Mayor, Dow had served for ten years on most of the community boards to include Mobile United, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Social Services, Arts and Culture and in 1987 was the volunteer VP of the newly staffed Chamber of Commerce Community Development Division. He is a recipient of numerous awards and personal distinctions which include Mobilian of the Year, University of South Alabama Distinguished Alumni Award, State Arts Council Business Man of the Year, The South East Tourism Council Guiding Light recipient and Danny Thomas Award for St Jude's Children's Hospital.
Dow is currently Exec VP of Sales and Marketing for CentraLite Systems, Inc. and the President of Gulf Coast Entertainment (GCE), LLC.
Cuban native, Manuel Estrada is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of International Shipholding Corporation. He is a graduate of Loyola University and is a certified accountant. Estrada is the President of the Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast and is actively involved in coaching baseball within the community.
Tyrone Fenderson, Jr. started his banking career working in various positions at community and regional financial institutions throughout Alabama. He has held key management roles at Regions, First Commercial, Alamerica and First Tuskegee Banks; and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth National Bank in Mobile. Throughout his career, the Birmingham, Ala. native has acquired an impressive list of achievements, including being awarded the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Award, named to R.S.V.P. Montgomery's "The List," honored as Birmingham Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" (2006) and Mobile Bay Magazine's 40 Under 40 (2009).
In addition to a strong work ethic, Fenderson is committed to community activism. He has served many community-based organizations in Montgomery, Birmingham and Mobile, including United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, and Developing Alabama Youth Foundation.
Fenderson has a strong educational foundation as well. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faulkner University and continued his education at the Alabama Banking School. Fenderson is also a graduate of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and he earned a Master of Business Administration from Troy University. Fenderson was recently accepted to the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.
David L. Frazier, Sr. is a native and lifelong resident of Mobile, Alabama. He attended Troy State University, the University of South Alabama, Birmingham Bible College and is working on a Doctorate of Theology degree at Andersonville Baptist Seminary. He has been employed with Alabama Department of Transportation for 22 years, 14 of which he has spent as a Design Section Leader.
He is currently the pastor of Revelation Baptist Church and has been for the last nine years. Rev. Fraizer's religious and civic organization involvement includes work with NAACP, Selma University as their Former Chairman of the Trustee Board, Ala. State Baptist Congress of Christian Education, Missions Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention as the Superintendent, the Volunteer Mobile Board of Directors, the Boys and Girls clubs of South Alabama Board of Directors and others.
J. Scott Hunter is a former NFL Quarterback and sportscaster for CBS, WKRG and WNSP. He is an Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductee and Mobile Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Hunter is a Financial/Investment Advisor and Partner for Raymond James & Associates and a spokesperson for Terry Thompson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile. He has served on a number of Boards including the NFL Players Association, the Air Force Association, Volunteers of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame, Mobile Sports Hall of Fame, University of Alabama A Club and on the Board of Directors for ICC Capital Management. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Alabama.
Michael Pierce, a graduate of Tulane University, is the Executive Director of the MLK Avenue Redevelopment Corporation (MLKARC). Pierce is also active in civic, community and religious affairs. He is chairman of the Board of Directors at Commonwealth National Bank. He also serves on the board of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Touchdown Club, Mobile Arts & Sports Association, Rotary Club of Mobile, and is Chairman of the Under Armour Senior Bowl Hall of Fame Committee. Pierce is the founding pastor of New Life Ministries.
Jacquitta Powell Green is the Vice President of Northside Exchange. She has served on the boards of Volunteer Mobile, the National Check Cashier Association, the City of Prichard Chamber, Leadership Mobile and as the Nominations Chair of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and Services to Youth Chair/Greater Mobile Chapter of the LJNKS, Inc. Jacquitta Powell Green is a graduate of Alabama A & M University and Springhill College.
Christopher Sylvester, graduate of the University of Mobile, is the Executive Vice-President Information Technology Modular Housing Division and on the Board of Directors for the Mitchell Company, Inc. and its affiliates. He has served as the President of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, a volunteer golf coach at Vigor High School and on the Board of Trustees for The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions and the Nike Tour Championship. He currently serves on Board of Education for St. Pius X Catholic School, the Board of Directors for Commonwealth National Bank, the Board of Directors for CNB Bancorp, Board of Directors for Alabama School of Math and Science, Board of Directors for Camp Rap-A-Hope, as the director for Junior Golf Association of Mobile and in the Greater Mobile Chapter of 100 Black men of America.
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