Senior Management

John C. Corbett serves as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of SouthState Corporation, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of SouthState Bank. Corbett joined SouthState in 2020 through a merger of equals. Prior to the merger, he served as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of both CenterState Bank Corporation and its bank subsidiary.

As a co-founder of CenterState, he began his 21-year career with the company in 1999 as Chief Credit Officer and transitioned to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2003. Prior to joining CenterState, Corbett served as Vice President of Commercial Banking for First Union National Bank of Florida.

During his career, he has been honored by the Florida Bankers Association as 2013 Banker of the Year and by American Banker as 2012 Community Banker of the Year.

An active member of the community, Corbett has served on the boards of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Florida Bankers Association, where he served as Chairman of the Board for BancServe Inc. and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served on the Board of the Independent Community Bankers Association, where he was a Federal Delegate representing the State of Florida. Corbett was also a Commissioner for the Winter Haven Planning Commission and a Commissioner for the Winter Haven Housing Authority. In addition, he served on the board of directors for Geneva Classical Academy and the Central Florida Economic Development Council.

William E. Matthews V serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for SouthState Corporation and SouthState Bank. Prior to the merger with SouthState, Matthews was Chief Financial Officer of both CenterState Bank Corporation and its bank subsidiary.

Previously, Matthews served as President and Chief Financial Officer of National Commerce Corporation (“NCOM”) and its subsidiary bank, National Bank of Commerce (“NBC”). While at NCOM, he also served Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President and as a Director of both NCOM and NBC.

Matthews has over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing and investment management in privately owned and publicly traded companies. During his career, he has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alabama National BanCorporation and as a Partner at New Capital Partners. He also was Chief Financial Officer at RBC Bank (USA).

A graduate of Princeton University, Matthews earned an Artium Baccalaureus degree in Economics. In addition, he later earned an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthews serves on the board of directors for Dunn Investment Company, Inc., where he chairs the Audit Committee. He has also been active in several local charities, including Workshops, Girls, Inc., Vulcan Park Foundation, and Start the Adventure in Reading (“STAIR”), a non-profit focused on childhood literacy, where he recently served as president of the board of directors.

Renee R. Brooks serves as Chief Operating Officer. She has more than 29 years of experience in banking, 25 of which have been with SouthState Bank.

Brooks has served in various positions since joining the bank in 1996, including Commercial Banking Manager, Head of Retail Banking, Corporate Secretary, Chief Risk Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer. She is currently responsible for IT, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, and Digital Strategy.

A native of Anderson, SC, Brooks earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University and a Master in Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte.

Brooks is an active member of the community and serves on the boards of SC Student Loan Corporation, Ben Lippen School and United Way.

Stephen D. Young serves as Chief Strategy Officer for SouthState Corporation. His responsibilities include oversight of Correspondent Banking, Residential Mortgage, Wealth Management and Balance Sheet Management. He also chairs the company’s ALCO Committee and assists with mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to the merger with SouthState, Young served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CenterState Bank Corporation and its bank subsidiary. He joined CenterState in 2002 as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of CenterState Holding Company and also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A.

Before joining CenterState, Young served as a senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP, a big four accounting firm, located in Greenville, SC as well as a regional accounting firm where he served clients primarily in the financial services and restaurant businesses.

Young is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

An active member of the community, Young serves on various non-profit boards.

Greg A. Lapointe serves as Chief Banking Officer for SouthState Corporation. Lapointe joined SouthState in 2009 and was instrumental in growing the bank’s commercial banking division. He also served as President of the Northern Banking Group with responsibility for SouthState Wealth and Treasury Services, and, most recently, served as President of SouthState Bank.

Starting his banking career in 1985, Lapointe has served in various leadership positions for Wells Fargo, Bank of America and SouthState throughout the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama and Florida.

A native of South Carolina, Lapointe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Citadel in 1985. He is also a 1993 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. Additionally, Lapointe completed Economic Development schools at the University of North Carolina School of Government at Chapel Hill in 2005 and at The College of Charleston in 2009.

An active member in community and civic affairs, Lapointe was appointed to and served on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 2013-2019. He also served on the Executive Committee of The Midlands Business Leadership Group, the Executive Committee of the Midlands Housing Alliance, the Executive Committee of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Society Board and the Richland County Transportation Commission. Lapointe has also been an active adult member of the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master.

Richard Murray IV serves as President of SouthState Corporation, the holding company of the bank subsidiary SouthState Bank. Murray was the Chief Executive Officer of CenterState Bank and a Director of both CenterState Bank Corporation and its bank subsidiary.

Prior to joining CenterState, Murray served as the Chairman of National Commerce Corporation ("NCOM"), its Chief Executive Officer, and President. He also served as the President of National Bank of Commerce (“NBC”), NCOM's bank subsidiary.

In addition, Murray was the Chief Operating Officer of NCOM and served as the Chief Operating Officer of NBC. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alabama National Bancorporation starting 2000 until it was acquired in 2008, and then as Regional President (Alabama and Florida) of RBC Bank (USA) from February 2008 to July 2009. Prior to Alabama National, he began his career at SouthTrust Bank in 1984.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Murray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1984 and later received his Master in Business Administration from Samford University in 1988. He is also a graduate of Leadership Birmingham.

Murray currently serves on the Board of the Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation, and served as President of its fundraising arm, the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He also serves on the board of the Birmingham Business Alliance and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. Murray is a former member of the United Way of Central Alabama board, the Mountain Brook City Board of Education, and the O’Neal Library Foundation board.

Doug Williams serves as Head of Corporate Banking and President of the Atlanta Banking Group. Most recently, Williams was Chief Executive Officer, President, and a director of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. and Atlantic Capital Bank, NA. from its founding in August 2006 until March 2022, when it was acquired by SouthState.

Previously, Williams was with Wells Fargo (Wachovia) for 26 years where he served in senior executive leadership roles in corporate and investment banking, capital markets, international banking, and credit and risk management.

Williams currently serves on the boards of Good Samaritan Health Center, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Buckhead Coalition. He is a former Chairman of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and was its representative to the CDIAC of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Williams graduated with a BS in Finance from Auburn University with honors and completed management development programs at the Colgate Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Board of Directors

Robert R. Hill, Jr. serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of SouthState Corporation. Having worked over 25 years with SouthState, Hill has served in various positions since joining the company in 1995, including Chief Operating Officer and President. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer since 2004.

A graduate of The Citadel, Hill earned a degree in Business Administration and subsequently earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.

An active member of the community, Hill has held leadership positions as a board member in numerous organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of the University of South Carolina Development Foundation, where he is vice-chairman and also serves on the board of directors for Sonoco Products Company. He recently served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where he was audit chair. Prior to that, he served on the Charlotte branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond board of directors. Additionally, Hill is a past Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Banker’s Association.

Hill has been honored with several awards including The Citadel School of Business Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award and was named Distinguished Citadel Alumnus. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business and USC Alumni Association.

John C. Corbett serves as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of SouthState Corporation, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of SouthState Bank. Corbett joined SouthState in 2020 through a merger of equals. Prior to the merger, he served as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of both CenterState Bank Corporation and its bank subsidiary.

As a co-founder of CenterState, he began his 21-year career with the company in 1999 as Chief Credit Officer and transitioned to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2003. Prior to joining CenterState, Corbett served as Vice President of Commercial Banking for First Union National Bank of Florida.

During his career, he has been honored by the Florida Bankers Association as 2013 Banker of the Year and by American Banker as 2012 Community Banker of the Year.

An active member of the community, Corbett has served on the boards of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Florida Bankers Association, where he served as Chairman of the Board for BancServe Inc. and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served on the Board of the Independent Community Bankers Association, where he was a Federal Delegate representing the State of Florida. Corbett was also a Commissioner for the Winter Haven Planning Commission and a Commissioner for the Winter Haven Housing Authority. In addition, he served on the board of directors for Geneva Classical Academy and the Central Florida Economic Development Council.

Ronald M. Cofield is a retired audit partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. (“PwC”). During his 38-year career with PwC, he served as managing partner of its Orlando and Birmingham offices, Carolinas practice (Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Spartanburg offices) and Atlanta Assurance practice (Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham offices), all key markets of SouthState Bank. Cofield served as audit partner for multiple public companies, including other financial institutions. Cofield has served as Director or Executive Committee Member to numerous charitable and civic organizations in Orlando, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Atlanta, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Arts and Science Council, and Operation New Birmingham. He currently works with the Tech Transformation Academy at City of Refuge, a not-for-profit organization located in one of Atlanta’s most economically challenged neighborhoods, where his responsibilities include professional life skills training, corporate outreach and placement. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Since January 2019, Shantella E. Cooper has served as the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress, a coalition of leading CEOs focused on critical development and inclusion for the city of Atlanta. Prior to joining Atlanta Committee for Progress, Cooper served as Chief Transformation Officer for WestRock Company, a corrugated package company (2016 to 2018), and Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (2011 to 2016). During her time at Lockheed Martin, Cooper also served as Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Ethics for the Aeronautics Division. Cooper is active in her community, serving on various for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including Georgia Power Company, Emory University where she chairs the Audit Committee, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Grady Healthcare System, Georgia Historical Society, and Zoo Atlanta. Upon SouthState Corporation’s merger with Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. in March 2022, she transitioned to the SouthState Board of Directors. In addition, she has been serving on the board of directors for Veritiv Corporation and for Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. since 2020.

Jean E. Davis retired as the head of Operations, Technology and e-Commerce of Wachovia Corporation in 2006, a position that she held since 2001. She previously served as the Head of Operations and Technology, Head of Human Resources, Head of Retail Banking, and in several office executive, regional executive and corporate banking roles for Wachovia.

An active member of the community, Davis has chaired both the Safe Alliance Board of Directors and the Charlotte Latin School Board of Trustees. She previously served as a member of the Financial Services Roundtable, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Board of Trustees, the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Board of United Family Services.

Davis brings extensive knowledge of bank operations and technology, as well as human resources, to the Board of Directors, both of which are important to the Company’s long-term success.

In addition, she brings a strong background in retail banking, merger due diligence and merger integration experience. Davis served as a director of Park Sterling Corporation from March 2011 until November 30, 2017.

Martin Davis is executive vice president of Southern Company Services and chief information officer of Southern Company, one of America’s most respected companies and a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy serving more than 9 million customers. Davis leads more than 2,000 technology professionals, supporting Southern Company’s subsidiaries.

Davis has spent over 30 years leading complex technology organizations in highly regulated environments. He served as head of enterprise information technology, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Wells Fargo. He was instrumental in the financial institution’s integration of Wachovia, leading the largest technology integration in the history of U.S. financial services. Davis has served in a wide range of technology leadership roles, including serving as Wachovia’s chief information officer.

Davis formerly served on the board of trustees at Winston-Salem State University. He currently serves on the American Heart Association’s Southeast region board, the Piedmont Healthcare board of directors and the SouthState Corporation board of directors. He has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology” by U.S. Black Engineers & Information Technology magazine and one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise. Most recently, Davis was featured in Savoy Magazine’s “2020 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America”.

Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University and is a graduate of the Young Executives Institute and the Wachovia Executive Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Douglas J. Hertz began his professional career with KPMG, LLP in its accounting and consulting services area. He later joined United Distributors, Inc., a privately-held beverage distributor, and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Georgia Power Company, Georgia Ports Authority, and a number of not-for-profit institutions, including Woodruff Arts Center. Hertz currently serves as the Chairman of Camp Twin Lakes, a camping facility designed for chronically ill and disadvantaged children, and he is the past chair of the Tulane University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Board of Trustees. Upon SouthState Corporation’s merger with Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. in March 2022, he transitioned to the SouthState Board of Directors.

G. Ruffner Page, Jr. is President of McWane, Inc., a company involved in manufacturing and in various technology industries, since 1999. Page joined the company in 1993 working in mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on the Board of Directors for McWane, Inc.

Page served as Executive Vice President of National Bank of Commerce, a subsidiary of Alabama National Bancorporation, from 1989 until 1993, and served on the board of directors of Alabama National Bancorporation starting in 1995. He then served as Lead Independent Director of the NCOM board from 2010 to 2019 when it merged with CenterState. Page started his banking career at Bankers Trust Company in New York City and Atlanta.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Page earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Psychology with a minor in Economics. He is also a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia.

An active member of the community, Page also serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Research, ProxsysRx and O’Neal Industries. In addition, he serves on the Boards of the Darden School Foundation, the Birmingham Education Foundation, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Page is a member of the Downtown Rotary, Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama. He previously served for 12 years on the board of the Birmingham Airport Authority and as Chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Board.

John C. Pollok joined SouthState Corporation in 1996 and served in several management positions while employed by the company including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

A native of Virginia, Pollok earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Pollok is an active member of the community and served on the board of the Columbia Urban League. He was instrumental in the creation of Drive for 5. As a result of his passion for providing financial education to children, Pollok created SouthState Minor Savers Program that teaches children about the history of money and encourages them to form good saving habits. Since its inception in 2005, over 13,000 children have participated in the program.

Pou is the Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President for W.S. Badcock Corporation (dba Badcock Home Furniture & More) and is responsible for the retail operations of over 380 stores in eight states throughout the Southeastern United States. He also serves on the Compliance Committee for the company and is past Chairman of the committee.

Having spent his entire adult life with this organization, Pou has been involved in all aspects of its operations including the consumer credit division, as well as personally owning and operating several stores between 1979 and 1998 as an independent dealer.

Pou was also a founding Director of the First National Bank of Polk County in 1992, which was one of the initial three banks that were merged together to form CenterState Bank, N.A. With over 30 years of experience, Pou has extensive knowledge and insight into consumer credit and collections, as well as experience in operating multi-unit, multi-state operations.

An active member of the community, Pou serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and for Lakeland Regional Health.

Mr. Roquemore is the retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Patten Seed Company, Super Sod, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 1995 until his retirement in September 2020. Currently, Mr. Roquemore serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of YC Holdings, Inc., a land holding and investment company that leases approximately 14,000 acres to Super Sod to produce turf grass and holds approximately 1,000 acres in developmental real estate. Active in his community, Mr. Roquemore currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orbis Health Solutions, a company dedicated to developing immunotherapy medicines to combat disease, and as a trustee of Coker College. Mr. Roquemore brings to the SouthState Board over 40 years of management, marketing, human resources, operations and customer service experience. His business and personal experience in the communities in which SouthState is located provide him with an appreciation of markets that SouthState serves, and the relationships he has developed within those communities and as a result of serving on the Board of South State Bank from 1994 to 2000 enhance his leadership and consensus-building ability.

David G. Salyers retired as the executive responsible for Marketing, Growth and Hospitality for Chick-fil-A, Inc., where he spent his entire 37-year career. During his career, he was part of the team that developed the iconic “Cow Campaign” which helped Chick-fil-A rise to national and international prominence as a brand and marketer. The company grew from a small regional chain to the number 3 chain in the nation.

A consummate entrepreneur, Salyers continues to be involved in many business and civic pursuits. He is a partner in a chain of collaborative workspaces called Roam, which is home to over 1000 business startups, non-profits and members of the growing mobile workforce as well as support to Fortune 100 companies. In addition, he co-founded Champion Tribes an organization dedicated to improving Father/Son relationships, and recently founded “Spark” an organization designed to help businesses with their marketing and culture. Salyers is also an investor and actively helping grow an energy drink company and an innovative data warehouse/ block chain technology support infrastructure company. In addition, he is also a partner in a Culture and Leadership Consultancy.

Recently, Salyers joined the University of Georgia as the Inaugural Start Up Mentor Executive-In-Residence. He is also the author of “Remarkable! Maximizing Results Through Value Creation”- a book about company culture which has led to consulting and speaking engagements both domestic and abroad.

Salyers attended Wake Forest University, Universidad de Madrid, and graduated from the University of Georgia Business School with a BBA degree in Marketing. He is also an alumni of the Harvard Business School (AMP 166). An active member of the community, Salyers has served on various boards including the Board of Directors of Live Oak Bancshares. He has also served on the Board of Directors of numerous non-profits including Eagle Ranch, Growing Leaders, Orange, Davar Partners International, the Deans Advisory Board for the Terry College (University of Georgia Business School) and serves as an elder at his church, North Point Community Church.

Joshua A. Snively is President of ADM Global Citrus Platform and President of Florida Chemical Company, LLC. ADM acquired Florida Chemical from Flotek Industries, Inc. in March of 2019. ADM (NYSE: ADM) is a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company.

Prior to the acquisition, Snively was Executive Vice President of Operations for Flotek and President of its wholly owned subsidiary, Florida Chemical Company, Inc. He has been with Florida Chemical since 1995 and was instrumental in transforming the company from a family-owned and operated business to a professionally managed operation with an independent board of directors. Prior to joining Florida Chemical, Snively was Vice President of Commercial Agriculture Finance at SunTrust Bank and was a commercial lender for Farm Credit of Central Florida.

With extensive experience in commercial finance combined with his understanding of family-owned businesses, Snively provides valuable insight in developing lending strategy and policy.

A graduate of Florida Southern College, Snively earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Citrus Management.

An active member of the community, Snively is also a Director of the Citrus Development and Research Foundation.