Commonwealth opened its doors in 1976. We are a full-service nationally-chartered commercial bank. We are one of only 15 black-owned banks remaining in the country, and one of only 5 black-owned banks regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. Moreover, out of the 45 banks doing business in the City of Mobile, we are the only one headquartered here.
Commonwealth is one of only 144 Minority Depository Institutions (“MDIs”) in the country, as defined in Section 308 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. We are the only MDI headquartered in the City of Mobile and one of only two headquartered in the State of Alabama. MDIs play a unique role in promoting the economic viability of underserved communities.
Commonwealth has met the requirements for classification as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”). CDFIs share a common goal of expanding economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses. To support emerging CDFIs, the Community Development Financial Institutions Funder (“CDFI Fund”) was established by the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994. The CDFI Fund’s purpose is to promote economic revitalization and community development in low-income communities through investment in and assistance to CDFIs. As a CDFI, Commonwealth is eligible to apply for awards from the Bank Enterprise Award Program of the United States Department of Treasury.
Commonwealth is a member of the National Bankers Association (“NBA”), the trade organization founded in 1927 as a voice for black-owned banks in the United States. Chairman Patrick Cooper is a member of the NBA’s board of directors.
Commonwealth’s asset size is roughly $60 million. We are well-capitalized satisfying our Tier I requirement. We currently employ about 20 persons. We have two branches, one in Toulminville, the other in Crichton, each with an ATM. In addition, PNC graciously allows our customers to use its ATMs without any service charge. All depositors of Commonwealth are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000.
Commonwealth’s Management Team is as follows:
- Sidney King, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Credit Officer
- Rodney Lee, Sr., VP, Compliance
- Al Johnson, VP of Commercial Lending
- Percy Jenkins, AVP, Loan Administration
- Ashley Cooke, Strategic Initiative Officer
- A. LaKasha Simmons, Retail Manager (Main Branch)
- Melanie Thornton, Branch Supervisor (Crichton Branch)
- Helen Woodard, Manager of Accounting Department
- Carol Boesen, Loan Administrator and Information Security Officer
- Arthesta Crayton-Kelly, Executive Assistant and Director of Social Media
Board of Directors of Commonwealth National Bank is as follows:
Patrick Cooper, Chairman
Mr. Cooper graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School. He clerked for then-Chief Judge Sam C. Pointer of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. He is a nationally recognized class action attorney. He is a partner at Ward & Cooper Law Firm, which has offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before that, Mr. Cooper was a partner at Maynard, Cooper & Gale.
Mr. Williams is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Business School. He is a retired Managing Director of JP Morgan.
Mrs. Cooper is the President of Christian Benevolent Funeral Home, which has been in existence for almost 100 years. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Dunning is the Dean of the School of Business of the University of Mobile and an Associate Professor of Accounting.
Mr. Johnson is the founder and President of Alabama Pest Control. His business was twice selected to receive the Mobile Chamber of Commerce’s Eagle Award.
Mr. King is a graduate of DePaul University and an CPA. He was the President and CEO of the Bank from 1998 to 2008, the most profitable years in the history of our institution. Mr. King rejoined the Bank in January 2020 from Liberty Bank and Trust. He has over 40 years of banking experience.
Mr. Alozie serves as Managing Director for Greenwood Capital Advisors, LLC where he leads private debt origination for companies throughout the country. Previously, he worked for other financial firms including Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. Ken has a Masters in Finance from London Business School, an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Finance from Loyola Marymount University.
Timothy Hale, Jr.
Mr. Hale is an Assistant Principal at Mattie T. Blount High School. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership Supervision from the University of South Alabama and a Bachelors in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Hale is an entrepreneur with several businesses in the Mobile and Prichard areas of Mobile County, Alabama.
Taylor M. Watson
Mr. Watson is a partner at Lafayette Land Co. and manages a series of CRE micro-funds with the IWS Group. Mr. Watson holds a BBA, with distinction, from Loyola Marymount University and a JD from American University. He is a Member of the New York City Bar Association and a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow.