Board of Directors and Executive Officers Bios

Farzin Ferdowsi, Chairman of the Board
Homey Aminmadani, Director
DeVan D. Ard, Jr., President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Robert N. Clement, Director
J. Daniel Dellinger, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Director 
Dr. Robert Faber, Director
Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., Director 
Andrew "Andy" Higgins, Director
James R. Kelley, Director
John R. Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer and Director
Brian R. Shaw, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Retail and Deposit Officer
Gene Whittle, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

 

Farzin Ferdowsi, Chairman of the Board
Founding Director

Farzin Ferdowsi has a long history of building successful franchises and serving in leadership roles in the banking and finance community in Middle Tennessee.  He is chief executive officer of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Management Resources Company. Formed in 1971, MRCO manages more than 40 Taco Bell restaurants throughout the Southeast. 

Farzinís commitment to community service includes participating on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. He currently serves as a board member for the Taco Bell Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Community Foundation and the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Board of Overseers. He is a former board member for Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Goodwill Industries, TSU Foundation. Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Trustees for Leadership Nashville.   He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville.  A native of Iran, Farzin immigrated to the United States in 1965 and earned his bachelorís of science degree in industrial and mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.

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Homey Aminmadani, Director
Founding Director

Homey Aminmadani is a veteran restaurateur with more than 40 years of experience in the YUM! Brands, Inc as a franchisee of various brands. During these years, Homey has developed over 150 Pizza Hut restaurants and currently, through his ownership in various entities, he owns and operates more than 80 Taco Bell restaurants. He has been involved in the development of several office buildings, shopping centers and residential subdivisions. Homey is a former organizer and executive board member of Premier Bank of Brentwood, which merged with Bancorp South in December 2004. He was a member of the board of trustees for Franklin Road Academy for many years. A native of Iran, Homey immigrated to the United States in 1964 and earned his bachelorís of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas.

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DeVan D. Ard, Jr., President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Founding Director 

DeVan Ard, Jr. is a 32-year banking veteran. He began his career with AmSouth Bank in 1981 and held various positions through 2004 before leaving to form Reliant Bank. Reliant was started by a group of business men and women in 2006 as a full service community bank headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. The bank has grown to $385 million in assets and is the tenth largest of the 133 banks started in 2006. Reliant serves its customers through four branches located in Williamson and Davidson County.

Playing an active role in the business and nonprofit community, DeVanís current board positions include Chairman of the Board for the Adventure Science Center, Chairman of the Board for the We Are Building Lives Foundation, and Board member and Finance Committee member for the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America. DeVan also is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville. He is past president of the PENCIL Foundation and is a graduate of Leadership Nashville.

DeVan holds a masterís degree in business administration from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and earned his bachelorís of arts degree in business administration and history from Vanderbilt University.

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Robert N. Clement, Director
Founding Director

Bob Clement is a distinguished leader in government, business and education, including serving eight terms as a U.S. Congressman from the State of Tennessee.  His legislative accomplishments include initiating funding for the first regional mass transit hub in Tennessee and national achievements in energy, transportation, consumer protection and education.
As owner of Clement & Associates, LLC based in Nashville and Washington D.C., his firm helps businesses grow and represents their interests. His business development reach extends to overseas.

In addition to his 15 years as a U.S. Congressman, Bobís public service career includes serving as a college president, public service commissioner and a Tennessee Valley Authority director.  Bob holds a masterís degree in business administration from the University of Memphis and earned his bachelorís of science degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Bob served in the U.S. Army for two years before joining the Tennessee Army National Guard. After 31 years of service, he retired as a Colonel.

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J. Daniel Dellinger, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Director 
Elected to the Board in 2006

J. Dan Dellinger is a veteran community banker with over 20 years experience.  He has served as the Chief Financial Officer for three community banks.  Dan served in that role for Premier Bank of Brentwood from 1997 until its sale to BancorpSouth in 2004.  He also served in that role for an East Tennessee community bank from 1992 until 1996.

Prior to his career in banking, Dan spent 11 years in public accounting.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAís and the AICPA.

Dan has participated on several CFO panels for the AICPA and the Tennessee Bankers Association.  Dan has also served as an instructor for The Southeastern School of Banking.  He served as a director for the Independent Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association for 3 years.  He currently serves as a member of the Tennessee Bankers Associationís Government Relations Committee and participates in the Committeeís annual legislators visit to Washington, D.C.

Dan is a member of the Executive Board for the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He also serves on the Finance Committee and is acting chairman for the Williamson County Patronís event.  Dan was a member of the Brentwood Rotary Club for 15 years.

Dan received his bachelors degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from East Tennessee University and is a graduate of The Southeastern School of Banking.

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Dr. Robert Faber, Director
Elected to the Board in 2010

Dr. Faber is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University where he pursued his undergraduate degree followed by his medical degree. In 1970, he served in the United States Air Force as Chief of Surgery. After completing his service to his country, Dr. Faber finished his urology surgical residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center and began his practice where he is currently serving as part of the Clinical Faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  

Dr. Faber has co-founded several companies including REN Corp and AMSURG, both which became publicly traded on NASDAQ. He also founded Today Care, which is a privately held child care company with twelve locations throughout the country and co-founded Little Planet Learning Center, an internet based learning company with partnerships including Elli Lilly, Coca Cola, McDonalds, NASA and the US Government.  

Dr. Faber holds several medical patents to his name as well as awards such as the Hillman Award. He served on the Board of the Girl Scouts, Pride Insurance Company and is Chairman of Tennessee Society to Prevent Blindness. Dr. Faber and his wife Ruth of 46 years currently reside in Nashville.

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Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., Director 
Founding Director

Darrell S. Freeman Sr. is the chairman of Zycron, Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm he founded in 1991 in Nashville, Tenn. Zycron employs more than 260 IT professionals across the country.  Freeman is also the co-founder of two other businesses: Reliant Bank and Pinnacle Construction Partners. As co-founder and co-organizer of Tennessee-based Reliant Bank, Freeman serves on the Board of Directors, the Audit and Compensation Committee, and the Executive Loan Committee. Reliant Bank is one of the fastest growing banks in Williamson County. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Pinnacle Construction Partners which provides a full range of preconstruction planning and construction management services for the public and private sector. 

Freemanís commitment to the Nashville community is evident through his recently completed, two-term service as immediate past chairman of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. He is a current board member of Centennial Medical Center, and as former chairman of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, he led the organization to achieve chapter of the year in 2005. Other organizations for which Freeman serves or has served on the board are: Stone Crest Medical Center, Nashville Community Foundation, the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club, the Federal Reserve Advisory Board, the African American Museum of Music Art and Culture, Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees and the Nashville Broadband Task Force.  

Freemanís favorite pastimes include spending time with Gloria, his wife of 19 years, and his four children Ebony, Kenya, Darrell Jr. and Nathan. He is an avid runner and has completed nine marathons and numerous half marathons. He is an instrument rated pilot with more than 900 hours. And he is a pilot for Angel Flight, which is an organization that arranges free air transportation for charitable and medical needs. Freeman is a two-time Ironman Finisher and enjoys golf and history.

Freeman holds a bachelorís and a masterís degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Andrew "Andy" Higgins, Director
Elected to the Board in 2012

Andy Higgins has an extensive background in the financial services industry, which began in Atlanta, GA where he was employed by First National Bank of Atlanta.  While there, he held various leadership and management positions which ultimately led him to First American National Bank in Nashville, TN.  He began his tenure at First American as Senior Vice President Real Estate Banking and was later promoted to Executive Vice President Commercial Banking.  In 1986, Andy was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Holding Company and held that position until 1989 when he left and established his own financial management company and consulting company.

Mr. Higgins is currently the managing member of a debt acquisition and restructure fund with investment holdings throughout the Southeast.  Additionally, he has consulted with various federal agencies, financial institutions, real estate owners and developers, as well as media, distribution and manufacturing companies, regarding financial and organizational restructuring.  Mr. Higgins has also served as an expert regarding banking practices, financial restructuring as well as a State Court Appointed Receiver.

As a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Andy obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and was later awarded his Master of Business Administration in Management and Finance from Georgia State University.  He is currently a licensed Real Estate Broker and a member of the National Association of Realtors, American Arbitration Association and a former member of the Association of Reserve City Bankers. 

Andy has also been active in many civic and charitable organizations including the University of Tennessee Development Council as well as the Middle Tennessee Council, Boys Scouts of America, the YMCA and Oak Hill School.

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James R. Kelley, Director
Elected to the Board in 2009

James Kelley is a member of Neal & Harwell, PLC.  His practice is focused primarily in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, taxation and general corporate matters.  He earned his degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from Emory Law School with distinction receiving a JD and an LLM in Taxation.  He has received many professional accolades including recognition as one of Tennessee's 101 Best Lawyers by Business Tennessee magazine, 100 Super Lawyers in Tennessee by Law & Politics and the publishers of Memphis Magazine, and The Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal, being listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989 and in Chambers USA and admission as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and as a Fellow in the Nashville Bar Foundation.

Jim is active in many civic and charitable organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and as President of Nashville Cares, as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and as President of Oasis Center, as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and as President of Greenways for Nashville, as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the Richland West End Neighborhood Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of American Friends of Chantilly.  Jim is an avid traveler, having visited 46 states, 7 Canadian provinces and 36 other countries.

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John R. Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer and Director
Elected to the Board in 2008

John Wilson has over 20 years of community and regional banking experience. Prior to joining Reliant Bank, he launched Cumberland Bankís entry into the Spring Hill market where he served as community president. John also held positions at Tennessee National Bank and First National Bank of Lewisburg, which was later acquired by Nations Bank.

John serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin and Williamson County where he was formerly the Club's Treasurer and now currently serves as the Club's Chairman.  His involvement in the Club has brought more awareness of the Club and the programs provided for Williamson County's area youth.

John is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking of The South, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also holds a bachelorís of science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Brian R. Shaw, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Retail and Deposit Officer
Brian started with Reliant Bank in November, 2006 after a successful career in retail branch management with AmSouth Bank. Brian is responsible for overseeing the branch network along with our investment services programs.

Brian has his BA from Western Kentucky University in Psychology and graduated in May of 2010 from Louisiana State Universityís Graduate School of Banking.  He is a founding member of Luke 9:2 Ministries which focuses specifically on medical missions.  Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and served as past Chair for the Cool Spring Chamber.  He is also an active Brentwood Rotary member and serves on the United Way of Williamson County Allocations Committee.  In addition, Brian served on the Metro Nashville Report Card Committee.  

Brian extends his involvement into the community by leading the Sunset Middle School football team as their Assistant Coach as well as medical missions abroad.  Brian has also served on the board of the Brentwood Family YMCA for 6 years, holding various leadership positions.  Brian is a 2010 recipient of the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award for Financial Services. 

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Gene Whittle, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Gene joined Reliant in May of 2010.  Gene has over 30 years of financial management experience. Prior to joining Reliant Bank, Gene was the EVP, Chief Credit Officer for Avenue Bank. He has also held senior management positions at Regions Bank and Union Planters Bank. He served as EVP, Corporate Credit Risk Director at Regions Bank and prior to that he served as Regional EVP, Credit Policy and Risk Manager at Union Planters Bank.  

Gene is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He also graduated from both the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Texas and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.  He is married to Shirley and they have one daughter.

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