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JJ Shah, CEO & Chairman of the Board

Dr. J.J. Shah, MD is CEO & Chairman of the Board of Touchmark National Bank, a growing community bank in metro Atlanta. Dr. Shah is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon and business executive with wide-ranging experience in banking, finance and real estate. 

He has been a director since inception and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Touchmark National Bank and Touchmark Bancshares, Inc. since 2010. The institution has enjoyed continuous growth under his leadership. 

He previously served as a Director at Verity Bank, which was sold at a profit to Community & Southern Bank (now Bank of the Ozarks). 

He is also President of Gwinnett Clinic, a multi-specialty medical group founded in 1983.

Lynn Barron, E.V.P & Chief Financial Officer

Lynn Barron joined Touchmark National Bank on May 14, 2020 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  With almost 50 years of banking experience, Ms. Barron has experience in all areas of the banking field. She also served as the CFO at 4 de novo banks, all located in the metro Atlanta area.   

Hank Almquist, E.V.P & Chief Operating Officer

Hank joined Touchmark National Bank as Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Prior to joining the company, Hank was a banker at Chase Bank in New York and in Georgia at Citicorp and Cornerstone Bank. Preceding his time as President of Cornerstone Bank, Hank was Executive Vice president and Chief Financial Officer for John C. Portman, Jr at AMC, Inc. ("Americasmart"). His education includes both a B.A. and M.B.A from Duke University.

Tesula Stewart, E.V.P & Chief Credit Officer

Tesula Stewart, DBA is a member of the Executive Management team at Touchmark National Bank and leads the credit policy and administration functions of the bank. She also serves as the CRA officer.

Tesula joined the credit team at Touchmark Bank in 2020 and has over 25 years of banking experience. Before joining Touchmark Bank, she held various senior lending, credit policy and administration positions with Bank of America, Fidelity Bank and Ameris Bank. During her more than 25 years in banking, she gained subject matter expertise in commercial, commercial real estate, municipal, SBA and USDA lending. She has also served as an instructor with the Florida Chapter of the Risk Management Association and the RMA Commercial School of lending.

A graduate of Barry University and the ABA Stonier Graduate school of Banking, Tesula also earned her Masters of Business Administration from Barry University and her Doctor of Business Administration from Liberty University.