Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Johnny S. Smith
President and CEO
Johnny S. Smith has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Newton Federal Bank since February 2016, having joined Newton Federal Bank in 1992 as Comptroller. Mr. Smith served as an elected board member of the Newton County School System and is the Chairman of the Board of the Rotary Club of Covington Foundation. Mr. Smith’s positions as President and Chief Executive Officer foster clear accountability, effective decision-making, a clear and direct channel of communication from senior management to the full board of directors, and alignment on corporate strategy.
Tessa M. Nolan
Senior Vice President and CFO
Tessa M. Nolan, was named our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2016, and served as our controller beginning in March 2014. Ms. Nolan joined Newton Federal Bank in August 2005.
Gregory J. Proffitt
Executive Vice President and COO
Gregory J. Proffitt, was appointed our Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in February 2016. Mr. Proffitt has been employed with Newton Federal Bank since 2005, serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer beginning in November 2013 and as Controller and Compliance Officer. Prior to being employed with Newton Federal Bank, Mr. Proffitt has served in various roles with other companies including SunTrust Bank, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, John H. Harland Company, The Original Honey Baked Ham Company, Allied Automotive Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.
Kenneth D. Lumpkin
Executive Vice President and Chief Lending and Marketing Officer
Kenneth D. Lumpkin, is our Executive Vice President and Chief Lending and Marketing Officer, and has served in those positions since February 2016. Mr. Lumpkin previously served as our Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing, and joined Newton Federal Bank as a consultant in June 2014. From December 2012 to June 2014, Mr. Lumpkin was a licensed real estate agent for Progressive Realty LLC, located in Winder, Georgia. Mr. Lumpkin was not employed from June 2011 to December 2012, but previously worked at The Peoples Bank of Winder, Winder, Georgia, from 1998 to 2011, most recently as Executive Vice President and head of production. Prior to joining The Peoples Bank of Winder, Mr. Lumpkin served as Vice President and Commercial Lender at Regions Bank. He began his banking career in 1988 with Bank of America (formerly known as Bank South and Nations Bank).

Board of Directors

William D. Fortson Jr.
Chairman of the Board
William D. Fortson, Jr. has over 47 years’ experience in the automobile industry, and has been the owner of Ginn Motor Company, located in Covington, Georgia, since 1987. Mr. Fortson has also served as member/manager of Ginn Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, LLC since 2009. Mr. Fortson has strong marketing, sales, and customer service assessment skills, as well as significant experience in employee development, training, and business management.
Johnny S. Smith
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Johnny S. Smith has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Newton Federal Bank since February 2016, having joined Newton Federal Bank in 1992 as Comptroller. Mr. Smith served as an elected board member of the Newton County School System and is the Chairman of the Board of the Rotary Club of Covington Foundation. Mr. Smith’s positions as President and Chief Executive Officer foster clear accountability, effective decision-making, a clear and direct channel of communication from senior management to the full board of directors, and alignment on corporate strategy.
Marshall L. Ginn
Director
Marshall L. Ginn has been a licensed real estate broker since 1996, and is an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Agents Realty, located in Covington, Georgia. Mr. Ginn assists in the purchase and sale of residential, commercial and industrial properties as well as raw land. Prior to joining RE/MAX, Mr. Ginn was co-founder of Medical Services South and founder of ELCO Medical, privately held corporations specializing in the marketing and sale of orthopedic implants and products. He has served as President of the East Metro Board of Realtors and Chairman of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ginn brings the board of directors a unique perspective of the community in areas of economic development, residential housing and commercial opportunities.
Bob W. Richardson
Director
Bob W. Richardson was a licensed pharmacist for 40 years until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Richardson was the owner and manager of People’s Drug Store, located in Covington, Georgia, beginning in 1979. Mr. Richardson is also the co-owner of Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, located in Athens, Georgia, which opened in 2014. Mr. Richardson’s experience as a small business owner gives him extensive insight into the customers who live in our market areas and economic developments affecting the communities in which we operate, as well as the challenges facing small businesses in our market area.