Larry D. Thornton Sr. Biography

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Larry D. Thornton Sr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Thornton Enterprises
Birmingham, Alabama

Appointed: January 2021
Term expires: December 31, 2023

Larry D. Thornton Sr. is the president and founder of Thornton Enterprises in Birmingham, Alabama. Created in 1992, Thornton Enterprises is a McDonald's restaurant franchisee that owns and operates seven restaurants in the Birmingham metropolitan statistical area, generating over $17 million in annual revenue and employing over 200 individuals.

Mr. Thornton is an entrepreneur, published author, and artist. Prior to his current role, Mr. Thornton served as advertising manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company United until 2003. Prior to this role, Mr. Thornton was an art teacher at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Mr. Thornton is a member of the boards of directors of the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Inc., Synovus Bank of Birmingham, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, and the Freshwater Land Trust. He is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and former board chair of the United Negro College Fund, Alabama State University, the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. He is also a member of the Society of International Business Fellows.

Mr. Thornton earned his BA in fine arts from Alabama State University.