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Director Biographies:


Ray Barnes

Mr. Barnes is a life-long resident of Cobb County. He earned his law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. Mr. Barnes served on the board of directors for Georgia State Bank from 1986-2008 and was its Chairman from 1986-2004. Mr. Barnes also served on the board of directors for Alabama National Bancorp, a publicly held bank holding company, from 1998-2008. He is Chairman and CEO of Efficiency Lodge, Inc since 1985. He is the founder and previous owner of Barnes Hardware in Carrollton and current owner of Barnes Hardware in Mableton. He is the owner of Razor Properties LLC a real estate firm in Mableton.

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Roy Barnes

Mr. Barnes is a life-long resident of Cobb County, Roy Barnes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from the Lumpkin School of Law at UGA. In 1998, Mr. Barnes was elected the 80th Governor of the State of Georgia. Mr. Barnes was a founding board member of Georgia State Bank located in Mableton, GA. He served on the bank’s board of directors from 1986 until 1997 when he resigned to run for Governor. In addition to Georgia State Bank, Mr. Barnes has been involved with other community banks in Georgia. In 2011, Governor Barnes formed Barnes Law Group which is located in Marietta, GA.

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David H. Flint
Attorney, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Flint has been an attorney in the State of Georgia since 1971. He earned his B.A. with distinction from West Georgia College and his law degree (First Honor Graduate) from Emory University. He is a founding partner in the law firm Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint, LLP in Atlanta. Attorneys in this firm are admitted to practice in federal trial and administrative and appellate courts at all levels. David currently serves as Chairman of WestSide Bank’s Board of Directors.

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Phil Gingrey
Doctor & U.S. Congressman, Marietta, GA

Congressman Phil Gingrey is a native of Augusta, GA. He completed undergraduate studies in Chemistry and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech in 1965. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and set up a successful OB-GYN practice in Marietta. During his 26 years in practice, he delivered more than 5,200 babies. Congressman Gingrey served on the Marietta City School Board where he was elected chairman three terms. He then ran for the State Senate in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000. He was elected to serve Georgia’s 11th U.S. Congressional District in 2002. He currently serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Science Committee. During his previous terms in Congress, he worked on the Rules Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Art Ragsdale
Business Owner, Dallas, GA

Mr. Ragsdale is a lifelong resident of Paulding County. He graduated from Paulding County High school in 1976. He currently serves as President / CEO of Ragsdale Heating, and Air Inc. which he founded in 1995. Art has been very active and has contributed to our community for years. He has served on numerous local and regional boards including the Paulding Chamber of Commerce, West GA Conditioned Air association, Paulding County Rotary club, NW GA Habitat for Humanity, First Baptist Church of Dallas, and others. Art brings to the Board knowledge of the local community.

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Glenn Richardson

A native Georgian, Mr. Richardson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgia State University in 1981. He was a member of Georgia State University’s first law school class and earned his Juris Doctor in 1984. He has been a member of the law firm Vinson, Talley, Richardson & Cable since 1985 and has been a partner in this firm since 1987. He served as County Attorney for Paulding County for 16 years. Mr. Richardson also served as the Republican Caucus Minority Leader and the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the six consecutive terms he represented House District 19.

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George Shropshire
Developer, Cartersville, GA

Mr. Shropshire earned a degree from Young Harris College in 1959 and then attended Atlanta Law School and obtained his LLB in 1961. He is the owner of Bartow Paving Company and currently is a real estate investor and developer with Shropshire Properties. Since 1967, he has served on the Board of Directors with numerous banks in North Georgia.

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Ford Thigpen
Banker, Kennesaw, GA

Mr. Thigpen was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970. Mr. Thigpen served as President and CEO of the former Georgia State Bank from 2004 to 2008. Prior to becoming President, he was instrumental in the growth of the bank through growth in loans, retail banking and new branch openings. Mr. Thigpen is active in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and other civic organizations. He brings a strong background in management, commercial and construction lending, and retail banking to the team at WestSide Bank. He currently serves as CEO and President of WestSide Bank. Mr. Thigpen resides in Cobb County with his wife and two children.

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Kenneth F. Thigpen

Mr. Thigpen has over 45 years of community banking experience. He started his career with C & S Bank in Atlanta. Mr. Thigpen was President & CEO of Citizens Bank in Dallas, GA from 1972 to 1984. In 1984 Mr. Thigpen started the Georgia Bankers Bank in Atlanta and served as its President & CEO until 1990. In 1990 Mr. Thigpen became President & CEO of Georgia State Bank in Mableton, GA. Mr. Thigpen was named Executive Chairman in 2004 and served in this role until Georgia State was sold in 2008 to a large regional bank.

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