Board of Directors

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  • Wallace Douglas “Doug” Alley Jr.
    Board Member

    Mr. Alley joined with eight other community business leaders in 2005 to organize TriSummit Bank. Since TriSummit Bank opened for business in 2007, Mr. Alley has served and continues to serve as a member of the bank’s board and loan and audit committees.

    Involved in the automobile business most of his life, Mr. Alley began working in his father’s local dealerships at the age of 12. Over the years, he has worked in virtually every job and every department, and became president of Alley's of Kingsport, Inc. in 1986.

    He is a 1970 graduate of The Baylor School in Chattanooga, and in 1976 graduated summa cum laude as salutatorian of his class at Northwood College in Midland, Mich., where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

    Mr. Alley has been honored with numerous awards, such as the National Automobile Dealers Association Merit Scholar Award while in college, and the Andrew Jackson Award at the annual Tennessee Automotive Association Convention. He was also honored as the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award for Tennessee at the National Automobile Dealers annual convention.

    Mr. Alley has served on many automotive-related boards, councils and leadership teams, as well as Junior Achievement and Mayfair United Methodist Church, where Mr. Alley and his family have attended for more than 45 years. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Kingsport.

  • Lois A. Clarke
    Vice-Chairman of the Board

    An organizer and vice-chairman of TriSummit Bank’s board of directors, Ms. Clarke also serves on the bank’s executive, audit and investment com¬mittees.

    Having vast experience in financial services, Ms. Clarke began her career with United Coal Company shortly after its formation in Grundy, Va., in 1970, overseeing the accounting and finance functions. With explosive growth in the 1970s, she became a senior vice-president and chief financial officer for the company, served on the corporate executive committee dur¬ing its diversification and reorganization efforts, and became CFO for a new entity under the umbrella, known as The United Company. In 2002, Ms. Clarke became executive vice-president, chief investment officer and treasurer of the United Company and serves as the chair of the executive committee.

    Ms. Clarke has also served on the board of directors of King Pharmaceutical and Charter Federal Savings Bank, as well as the advisory board of directors for First American and AmSouth Bank.

    She is an active member of Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, and serves on the foundation of the church. Ms. Clarke also serves on the board of trustees and the investment committee of the Presbyterian Foundation, as well as the board of trustees of King College in Bristol. She and her husband have two children and four grandchildren and live in Bristol.

  • Sam F. Grigsby, Jr.

    Board Member

    Sam Grigsby is the former Chairman and CEO of Community National Bank, Morristown, Tennessee, a locally based community bank. His educational background includes an associate degree in Science from Walters State Community College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, with a major in Accounting. Sam has been in banking for 30 years. Prior to that, he was active in his family’s agricultural ventures in Tennessee, Florida, and Texas. He is currently a member of Rocking G Ranch, LLC, headquartered in Florida.

    Sam has been very active with United Way as a member of the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2001, Past Chairman of Major Firms III Division, member of the Budget and Allocations Committee, Campaign Chair two times, and Board President. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as Vice-Chair under three Chairs. He served as Chairman of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System for eight years, and the treasurer. He served on the Finance Committee (Chairman), the Audit Committee (Chairman), the Medical Staff Development Committee, and the Executive Committee.

    He currently serves on the board of the Senior Citizens Center, Pregnancy Crisis Center, and United Way of Hamblen County, as well as the Industrial Development Board of the City of Morristown.

    Sam is an avid fan of U.T. Football, and Lady Vols Basketball, and enjoys watching reruns of the Andy Griffith Show.

    His wife, Leslie, is a retired teacher, having taught for 30 years in the Hamblen County School System.

    Sam and Leslie attend Manley Baptist Church. Both Sam and Leslie teach Bible Study Groups on Sunday morning. Sam is a deacon and a member of the building finance committee.

  • Richard A. Manahan, Ed.D., CPA
    Secretary of the Board

    An organizer and founder of TriSummit Bank, Dr. Manahan also serves as a member of its board of directors and executive committee, chair of the audit committee, as well as the board’s corporate secretary.

    Dr. Manahan is vice-president for University Advancement and president/CEO of the Foundation for East Tennessee State University in Johnson City with a significant record of leadership and service on the local, state and national lev¬els throughout his 40-year career in higher education. He has also honorably served in the U.S. Army and been appointed to the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, the State Board of Nursing and the national Education Commission of the States.

    He has served on more than 30 corporate, civic, elected and not-for-profit boards. This includes a tap¬estry of engagement in the community’s most vital functions, including economic development, electrical utility board, downtown development authority, health facilities, medical practice management, hospital, and other inter-ests.

    Dr. Manahan is a prolific traveler and writer of articles and papers, and holds bachelor’s, master of business administration and doctoral degrees from Illinois State University; a diploma from Bloomington High School; and internal auditor and CPA certifications.

    Dick and Lois Manahan live in Johnson City. They have two children and four grandchildren.

  • Charley Mack Patton, M.D.
    Chairman of the Board

    An organizer of TriSummit Bank, Dr. Patton is also a member of the board of directors and the executive, loan and human resources committees.

    Dr. Patton practiced urology in Kingsport from 1974 until his retirement in February 2007. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee Medical School, as well as a graduate of the first class of Leadership Kingsport.

    He dedicated many years to helping lead Holston Valley Hospital Physicians, by acting as president and board member, and Heritage Federal Savings & Loan Association, serving as a chairman and board member, and continuing as an advisory board member when it became First American/AmSouth.

    A member of First Baptist Church, Kingsport, since 1974, Dr. Patton has served as Deacon Chairman and chairman of the church’s finance committee three times. He is currently a member of the Tennessee Baptist Executive Committee, serving a second three-year term and has two terms on the board of directors of Ridgefields Country Club. Mack and Gail Patton live in Kingsport and have two adult children and four grandchildren.

  • R. Lynn Shipley Jr.
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    R. Lynn Shipley, Jr. has been a recognized leader of the banking community in the TriCities area for nearly 40 years. Known for dynamic leadership and focus on exceptional customer service, he has also filled numerous essential volunteer roles throughout the area where he demonstrates his dedication to the concept of being a "servant leader." He was an organizer of TriSummit Bank which opened for business in the TriCities on February 26, 2007. Presently, Mr. Shipley serves as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of TriSummit Bank. He served as Chairman of the Board from February 2007 to April 2012.

    Shipley retired from AmSouth Bank (formerly First American National Bank) on December 31, 2004. He joined First American in 1984 as vice-president and senior lending officer in Bristol, Tennessee. In 1985 he was named senior vice-president and city administrator for Bristol. In 1986, he was named Bristol city president and city execu¬tive officer. From 1987-1989 he served as executive vice president for the TriCities area and in 1989 was named district president for Sullivan County, Tennessee. In addition, in 1989 he became a member of the TriCities board of directors for the bank. In 1992 he was named district president of the TriCities Region, and in 1996 he was named chairman of the advisory board. Prior to joining First American, Mr. Shipley was with Bank of Virginia (now Wells Fargo) for ten (10) years in Bristol, Virginia. During that period, he served as operations manager, operations officer, assistant vice-president/commercial banking, and vice-president and senior lending officer.

    Mr. Shipley holds a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee and has completed studies at the University of Virginia School of Bank Management in addition to numerous other professional courses. He served in the United States Air Force, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1970. In 2011, Mr. Shipley was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Shipley has served on the boards of directors of Northeast State Community College Foundation; Girls, Incorporated; Kingsport Economic Development; and the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee of First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport. He has also served as president of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce; president of United Way of Kingsport.. Mr. Shipley chaired the Hotel Recruitment Task Force which was instrumental in the development of the Meadow View/Marriott Hotel, Resort and Conference Center. He is a past board member of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Legislative Committee. Active in rede¬velopment activity, Mr. Shipley chaired the Model City Coalition which crafted the redevelopment plan for Downtown Kingsport. He is the co-founder of the TriCities United Way Week of Caring which has involved United Ways in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia since 1992. Previously, he belonged to the ETSU Advisory Board for the chair of Banking and to the ETSU National Alumni Association Board. Mr. Shipley is a past president and director of the Bristol Life Saving Crew which started the Mobile Coronary Care Unit during his tenure. He was appointed by former Virginia Governors John Dalton and Charles Robb to serve on the Governor's Advisory Council for Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Shipley has served on the boards of the Holston Valley Health Care Corporation, Wellmont Health System Foundation, the TriCities Business Alliance, Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America, and the Vision Council of Kingsport Tomorrow.

  • Dr. Brenda White Wright
    Board Member

    A member of the bank’s board, Dr. Wright is also an award-winning motivational speaker, storyteller, and diversity consultant with more than 40 years of experience in business management, servant leadership, board and organizational development, human resources, education, multicultural issues, race relations, youth initiatives, community relations, resource development, radio and television.

    She earned a bachelor’s degree in business and communications, a master’s degree in reading and storytelling, and a doctorate in educational leadership from East Tennessee State University.

    For more than 20 years, she served as president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Kingsport, a United Way agency that provides programs for at-risk youth ages five to eighteen. In that capacity, she was named by The Business Journal as one of the region’s “Twenty-Five Powerful Female Executives.”

    Dr. Wright has spoken to and trained thousands of students, educators, parents, professionals and volunteers across the country and was also a cultural exchange visitor to the former Soviet Union.

    A devoted leader, she has numerous volunteer and leadership affiliations within the community and has served on countless boards of directors. In addition to many other accolades, Dr. Wright has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Ethics in State Government. Above all, she is a proud wife, mother and grandmother.