On September 30th, 2015, following the retirement of John D. Belew, the Board of Directors unanimously elected J. Chad Jones as the next President and CEO of First Bank of Alabama and its Holding Company. Jones has served as Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer since 2013. He joined First Bank of Alabama in 2007 as Vice President and a Commercial Loan Officer.
“I am proud to announce Mr. Chad Jones as the new President and CEO of First Bank of Alabama,” said Larkin Coker, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “His overall knowledge of banking and his leadership skills are invaluable to First Bank of Alabama. Chad is fully dedicated to our Bank and the communities we serve. He has truly proven himself as a devoted leader, and he will definitely be an asset to the Bank and the community.”
Jones began his banking career in 1996 as the Marketing Director for Troy Bank & Trust in Troy, AL. In 1998, Jones relocated to Savannah, GA, and served as a Senior Financial Specialist and a Business Banker with Wachovia and BB&T, respectively. In 2004, he moved to North Georgia, where he served as Vice President and Commercial Lender for The National Bank of Gainesville (2004-2005) and Chestatee State Bank (2005-2007) before returning home to Talladega.
A graduate of Talladega High School, Jones obtained his B.S. degree in Marketing and Business Management from Troy University in 1998. He is a graduate of both the Georgia Banking School of the University of Georgia and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Jones currently serves as a Director for the Alabama Banking School. He has been very active in the Talladega community, volunteering and serving on the Boards of many civic organizations, including, Talladega County Education Foundation, Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce, Historic Talladega Council, United Way, Kiwanis Club, and American Red Cross. He and his wife, Elana, have three daughters; Molly, AnnaGrace, and Ryals.