Our People

Board of Directors


William F. Blaufuss, Jr., is a Certified Public Accountant (retired) and was a partner with KPMG LLP, an international public accounting firm. During his 37 years with KPMG, he worked with public and private clients in various industries and served as Nashville Practice Unit Managing Partner and Partner in Charge of the Southeast Area Public Sector Practice. In retirement, he performed assignments for KPMG International in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and has since performed a number of consulting projects, including acquisition due diligence, corporate governance evaluations, and litigation support for a variety of companies.

Mr. Blaufuss is a graduate of Emporia State University. Mr. Blaufuss was a three term gubernatorial appointee of the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy. Previous board positions have included Genesco (NYSE:GCO), Saint Thomas Health Services and Nashville Electric Service. He has also served in leadership positions with several civic, community, arts and religious organizations.

Jeffrey Buntin, Jr.

Jeffrey W. Buntin, Jr., is President and CEO of The Buntin Group, Tennessee’s largest strategic brand communications agency, among the top 35 of U.S. independent firms and an ADWEEK-recognized top 100 U.S. shop. Mr. Buntin began his career with the Chicago office of Bozell Worldwide/TrueNorth Communications, later returning to The Buntin Group in 1997 and his current position as President and CEO in 2004. During his career, he has been elected as the youngest-ever judge of the National ADDYs, has been covered for his client strategy by the New York Times and others, and has received countless industry awards.

Mr. Buntin is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, where he was keynote speaker for the 2017 AdLib Conference. In addition to expanding his company’s AdHope division as a broad-scale community support platform, Mr. Buntin is a founding member of Nashville’s Davidson Group and has held a number of Board positions, including past Chair of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, in addition to Director roles with the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ River States Council, as well as the Ensworth School.

D. Brewster Dobie

David Brewster Dobie is President and CEO of Dobie Media Inc., which aggregates event and entertainment information for distribution on the web and cell phones. In 1989, he co-founded Nashville’s alternative newsweekly, the Nashville Scene. In 1999, the partners sold the publication.

Mr. Dobie is a graduate of the University of the South and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is active in land preservation and conservation issues and was a founding board member of The Land Trust for Tennessee. He was appointed by then Tennessee Governor Bredesen to serve on the Heritage Conservation Trust Fund, a state conservation organization. He is the former Chairman of the Board of LEAD Academy, a charter school in Nashville, and a former board member of the University of the South in Sewanee.

Stanley M. Ezell

Stanley M. Ezell is the former President of Purity Dairies, Inc. During his 25 plus years of experience with Purity, he served in various capacities and held several positions with state, regional and national industry associations.

Mr. Ezell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. He has been active in his community serving on the boards of Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and Lipscomb University. Currently, he is President of the Board of Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry.

Decosta E. Jenkins

Decosta E. Jenkins has worked at the Nashville Electric Service (NES) since 1991 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2004. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Jenkins also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Electric Power Board. Prior to joining NES, Mr. Jenkins was with Deloitte LLP for eleven years where he worked in the audit department.

Mr. Jenkins graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He also has an associates of science in electrical engineering technology from Penn Foster College. He serves on the Board of The American Public Power Association, the Board of Directors of Samaritan Ministries/Project S.E.E., the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Board of Seven States Power Corporation, the YMCA Middle Tennessee Board, and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He serves on the American Public Power Association’s Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force.

Matthew A. King

Lead Outside Director

Matthew A. King is the Co-Managing Partner of FCA Venture Partners, a venture capital investment partnership started in 1997, and Managing Partner of Dioko Health Ventures, a venture capital partnership started in 2016. He is also the Managing Partner of Triple Play Ventures, LLC, an investment partnership started in 1999. He served as a Vice President of Third National Bank and its successor, SunTrust Bank, from 1983 to 1989. He served as the Chairman, President, and CEO of Radar Business Systems, Inc. from 1990 to 1996 and a Regional Vice President of Radar’s successor company, U.S. Office Products, Inc., from 1996 to 1999. In 2001, he co-founded My Office Products, Inc., and served as Chairman, President, and CEO until 2003.

Mr. King is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he serves on the board of trustees and on the board of directors of Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Mr. King also serves on the boards of directors of Clinical Ink, Inc., VeriCred, Inc., KeraFAST, Inc., MediQuire, Inc., StudioNow, Inc., and Healthy Bytes, Inc., each of which is an FCA Venture Partners, Dioko Health Ventures, or Triple Play Ventures, LLC portfolio company. He also serves on the board of trustees of Christ Presbyterian Academy and the board of directors for Studio Tenn, Inc.

V. Larkin Martin

V. Larkin Martin manages Martin Farm and is Vice President of The Albemarle Corporation. Both are family businesses with interests in agriculture and timberland. She has held those positions since 1990.

In addition to her farming responsibilities, Ms. Martin holds and has held a number of positions off of the farm. She is currently a Director of Rayonier Inc., (RYN), a timberland REIT headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and a Trustee of The Farm Foundation, a Chicago based, non-advocacy, public charity that promotes objective analysis on issues critical to the future of agriculture, food systems and rural communities. She is member of the Board of Directors of PARCA, The Public Research Affairs Council of Alabama, Africa Harvest, a Kenyan based NGO helping to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and rural communities across Africa and the Soil Health Institute in Cary, NC. Ms. Martin is a past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and of The Cotton Board, the board overseeing the national check-off program for cotton. She has served on the Alabama Ethics Commission and on the boards of The Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, The Vanderbilt Alumni Association, Camp Merrie-Woode and Leadership Alabama. Ms. Martin was named an Eisenhower Fellow in 2012. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Andrew L. May

Andrew L. May serves as President and Chief Financial Officer for Truxton Trust. He became President in 2016 and Chief Financial Officer in 2010. Prior to that, he also served as Director for Truxton Trust. Previously, Mr. May was a Managing Director at Jefferies, a New York-headquartered securities firm, Partner and Director of Equity Research at J.C. Bradford and Company, and Senior Vice President, Equity Research at Equitable Securities.

Mr. May holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, cum laude, and a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. He was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, receiving the Combat Action Ribbon for service in Beirut in 1983.

Deborah A. McDermott

Deborah A. McDermott is the CEO of McDermott Media Group LLC which provides an array of services to growing and transitioning Broadcast, Digital & Technical Media businesses. Ms. McDermott served as Chief Operating Officer for Media General, Inc., from December 2014 until the merger between Media General and Nexstar Media Group in January 2017. Media General was one of the nation’s largest multimedia companies that covered 23 percent of U.S. households and 43 percent of the U.S. internet audience and operated or serviced 71 television stations in 48 markets. She was Senior Vice President, Broadcast Markets for Media General, Inc., from November 2013 to December 2014. Ms. McDermott served in 2013 as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Young Broadcasting LLC. From 2004 to 2012, McDermott served as President of Young Broadcasting LLC and from 2004 to 2009 she also served on the Young Broadcasting Board of Directors (while Young was a public company). Ms. McDermott is a leader in the broadcasting industry and, in 2013, was inducted into the prestigious Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Ms. McDermott graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Journalism. She has served on key industry boards including the National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Programming Executives, Television Bureau of Advertising, Maximum Service Television, and ABC Affiliate Association Board of Governors, where she served as chair for a two-year term. In Nashville, Ms. McDermott currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Nashville and the Country Music Association (CMA). She has served on the Board of Directors of The Ensworth School and the Community Foundation Women’s Fund Advisory Board. She has also served on the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Board, the Nashville Convention Commission and the CATV special committee, all positions appointed by the mayor. Additionally, she chaired the United Way Annual Campaign, served as President of Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, chaired the Nashville Sports Council and served on the board of the Nashville Symphony.

G.A. Puryear, IV

G.A. Puryear, IV, is General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer of NEW Asurion Corporation (“Asurion”) and its various subsidiaries. Asurion is the global leader in technology protection services, including mobile handset protection programs, technology support, and extended service contracts for electronics and other consumer goods. He has served as Asurion’s General Counsel since April 2010. Beginning in October 2014, Mr. Puryear has also been responsible for Asurion’s human resources function. Mr. Puryear previously served for more than nine years as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Corrections Corporation of America, now known as CoreCivic. He previously held government positions in Washington, D.C., and he practiced law in Nashville following a clerkship for the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Puryear is a graduate of Emory University and the University Of North Carolina School Of Law. He has served on various civic and charitable boards in the Nashville community, including: American Red Cross, Nashville Chapter; Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville (Chairman, 2006-08); Boy Scouts of America, Middle Tennessee Council; Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art; and the Economic Club of Nashville (President, 2009-10). He has also served on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina.

Thomas S. Stumb

Thomas S. Stumb is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Truxton Trust and has also served as a member of its Board of Directors since the firm’s inception in 2004. Mr. Stumb served as President of the company from its inception until 2016, when he became Chairman of the Board. He was also one of the company’s twenty founding organizers.

Mr. Stumb holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the Leadership Nashville Class of 2013 and the Salvation Army – Nashville Advisory Board (Board Chair, 2019). Previously, he has served as a board member for a number of community organizations including Goodwill Industries, Inc., the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Leadership Nashville’s Alumni Association. He has also served on the Nominating Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition, he has served as an Elder (Session Clerk, 2018) and a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Christopher C. Whitson

Christopher C. Whitson is a member in the law firm of Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC (“SRVH”), where he has practiced as a corporate and transactional attorney since 1997. Mr. Whitson formerly served as the head of SRVH’s corporate department and was the firm’s Recruiting Chairman. Prior to joining SRVH, Mr. Whitson served as Vice President and Secretary of Whitson Lumber Company from 1990 to 1997. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Whitson served as Councilman for the Government of Nashville and Davidson County, as Metropolitan Councilman for the 23rd District. Mr. Whitson also served as Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the Government of Nashville and Davidson County, serving on the BZA from 2008 through 2016.

Mr. Whitson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is active in several community and civic organizations. Mr. Whitson has been a member of the board of directors of the Harpeth Hall School, Nashville Zoo, Harding Academy, St. George’s Kindergarten, and of the Economic Club of Nashville. Mr. Whitson also served on the Vestry of St. George’s Church, having served as both Senior and Junior Warden.

Charles W. Cook, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Cook held his position as Chairman of Truxton Trust from January 2010 until retiring at the end of 2015. He was an organizer of the bank and served as Vice Chairman from its inception until his first retirement as a member of the management team in June 2007. In addition to his leadership role on the Board of Directors, he was active in marketing, policy, and corporate governance activities. He also was the Chairman of the Directors’ Credit Committee.

Mr. Cook has over 50 years of experience in the Nashville banking industry, having served as President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Third National Bank and its parent Third National Corporation in Nashville before its merger with SunTrust Banks, Inc. He then served as Executive Vice President of SunTrust until 1990. After leaving SunTrust, he served as Director of Finance for Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County. In 1993, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Planters Bank of Middle Tennessee becoming Chairman in 1999 and retiring in 2001.

Mr. Cook is a graduate of Yale University and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He also attended the Harvard Business School. He is a board member of Richland Place, Inc., a retirement community. He has been active in community affairs throughout his career and currently serves as Director Emeritus and former Chairman of Nashville Public Television Corp. He continues to serve on the boards of the Tennessee Historical Society, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Arts at the Airport Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.