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City President – Tuscaloosa Market
John is a career banker with nearly 40 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Robertson Banking Company, he was a Business Banker at Colonial Bank, focusing on commercial loans and deposits. In 2010, John joined Robertson Banking Company as Vice President and Business Banker for the Bank's Tuscaloosa market expansion. In 2014, John was promoted to City President for the Tuscaloosa market.
John earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Livingston University and is a graduate of Alabama School of Banking at the University of South Alabama and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
His civic involvement includes the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association, and Focus on Senior Citizens, Easter Seals Society, and the Boys-Girls Club of Tuscaloosa. He is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Tuscaloosa.
He has been married to his wife, Shirley for 39 years. He and his wife are members of Northport Church of Christ. They have two children, Zac and Kylie, and two grandchildren, Adeline and Audrey. In his spare time John enjoys Auburn Football, traveling, and walking for exercise.
James Whitfield "Whit" Bird, III
City Executive – Birmingham Market
Whit Bird joined Robertson Banking Company as City Executive of the Birmingham market in 2017. Whit began his banking career at Regions Bank in 1999. With over 17 years of experience in the banking industry, Whit has worked as an Appraisal Review Officer, Construction Lending Officer, and a Commercial Real Estate Officer. His experience as a lender has allowed him to manage a commercial lending portfolio consisting of all types of income producing property as well as a homebuilder portfolio.
Whit is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Finance. Whit is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).
Whit is active in the community and serves as Treasurer with the Friends of Gaineswood, Inc., board member of the Birmingham Delta Waterfowl Chapter, board member of the Birmingham Coastal Conservation Association Chapter, and is a former member of the Junior Board of Glenwood serving ten years on the board.
Whit and his wife Jennifer have two sons, J.W. and Davis. Whit is an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church where he serves on the Finance Committee.
Clay Allen Bishop, Jr.
Senior Vice President
Allen joined Robertson Banking Company in 1987, as a management trainee. He specializes in 1-4 family residential lending, in addition to small business and consumer lending. He currently serves as a lender, Branch Administrator, and shareholder.
He earned a degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama. He also attended the School of Banking of the South, the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and Trust School at Birmingham Southern.
Allen's community service activities include serving as Chairman of Christmas on the River, the Demopolis Boy Scouts of America Black Warrior Council Executive Board, Board Member for the City of Demopolis Board of Adjustment, Chairman of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Demopolis Lions Club.
In his spare time, Allen enjoys attending Alabama Football games and reading. He and his wife, Donna are avid travelers, having visited all 50 states.
Senior Vice President – Business Banker
In 2004, Joey joined Robertson Banking Company as Vice President serving as a consumer and small business lender specializing in agricultural and real estate lending. In 2010, he transitioned to our Tuscaloosa office as a commercial lender lending on investment and owner-occupied real estate. Prior to joining Robertson Banking Company, Joey worked at Community Bank as an Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer.
His public service includes five years on the Board of Trustees for Southern Academy. He is a past President of the Greensboro Rotary Club.
Joey earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Public Relations from Auburn University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU, the Mid-South School of Banking in Memphis, and the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending at Vanderbilt.
Joey has two children, a son Andrew, and a daughter, Parker. He raises cattle on his ranch and is a "hot rod car" enthusiast, having restored several Corvettes.
Vice President – Business Banker
Lea Dowling joined Robertson Banking Company as a Vice President and Business Banker in the Tuscaloosa market in 2017. Lea worked 17 years of her career with AmSouth Bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer, Branch Manager, and Commercial Relationship Manager. Lea has over 25 years of experience as a commercial banker and she is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).
Lea is a native of Tuscaloosa and a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Industrial Management.
Lea is an active volunteer in the community serving the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl and the United Way.
Vice President and Marketing Director
Jim began his banking career in 1992, with Commercial Bank of Demopolis. He served as Vice President and loan officer for over 12 years and gained experience in lending, marketing, purchasing, and loan review. In 2004, Jim joined Robertson Banking Company as Vice President working in the area of consumer and small business lending. He also serves as the bank's marketing director.
Jim earned a degree from the University of West Alabama and is a graduate from Alabama Banking School at the University of South Alabama and the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending at Vanderbilt.
Jim currently serves on the Demopolis City School Board. He has also been involved with the Kiwanis Club, Demopolis Chamber of Commerce Board, American Heart Association, and the Marengo County Historical Society. Jim is a member of the First Baptist Church and serves on the Deacon Board.
He has been married to Penny for over 20 years and they have one son, Heath. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and traveling.
Vice President - Business Banker
Blake Thrasher joined Robertson Banking Company as Vice President and Business Banker in the Tuscaloosa market in 2014. Blake has served as a community banker and commercial lender for over 12 years. He also has varied experience working in the healthcare industry as a CFO and President of his own company, Thrasher and Associates, Inc.
Blake is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Finance. He was a member of the University of Alabama’s basketball team from 1994 to 1998.
Blake and his wife Jennifer have three children. The family attends Tuscaloosa’s First Baptist Church. In his spare time, Blake enjoys coaching youth basketball.
Amy Beshears White
Amy joined Robertson Banking Company in 1994, as the secretary to the Chairman of the Board. She later took on the role as Loan Recovery Officer for the Bank. Amy was promoted in 2013, to loan officer working as a consumer lender with business development responsibilities.
She earned her degree from the University of West Alabama and is a graduate of Alabama Banking School at the University of South Alabama and Southeastern School of Consumer Credit at Vanderbilt.
Amy's past community involvement includes the Demopolis Civitan Club, Leadership Marengo, and the Alabama Legal Secretaries Association. She has served on the Demopolis Christmas on the River Committee and as an officer of the Marengo County Chapter of the American Heart Association.
Amy has one son, Clay. They are members of the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis.
Her main hobby is watching her son play in all of his sporting events. Amy says, "I enjoy being a mom and full-time banker."