Mr. Thompson is a Florida native and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He attended the National Commercial Lending School, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Southern Trust School. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army prior to beginning his banking career, which presently spans 35 years. His banking experience includes service with Barnett Bank, SunTrust Bank and Community Banking, where he has served in diverse roles such as Senior Lending Officer, Chief Credit Officer, Line of Business Manager and President/CEO. John is a former board member of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, American Heart Association, Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Downtown Development Authority, Habitat for Humanity and Georgia Council on Economic Education.