New Member Announced for Atlanta Fed's Birmingham Branch Board of Directors

For immediate release: January 7, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announces the appointment of Michelle Lewis as the newest member to the Birmingham Branch board of directors to serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2024.

Lewis was appointed by the Atlanta board of directors. She is chief financial officer of Dothan, Alabama-based AAA Cooper Transportation. She is a graduate of Troy University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance.

The Board of Governors announces the reappointment of Christy Thomas, executive vice president of compliance at Jemison Metals in Birmingham to a three-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2024.

The Bank also announces that the Atlanta board of directors has reappointed David Nast, president and CEO of Progress Bank in Huntsville, to a three-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2024. The remaining directors of the Atlanta Fed's Birmingham Branch include:

  • Merrill H. Stewart Jr., president of the Stewart/Perry Company in Birmingham (term expiring December 31, 2022);
  • Brian C. Hamilton, president and CEO of Trillion Communications Corporation in Bessemer (term expiring December 31, 2022);
  • Maye Head Frei, board chair of Ram Tool Construction Supply Company in Birmingham (term expiring December 31, 2023); and
  • Larry D. Thornton Sr., president and CEO of Thornton Enterprises and a McDonald's franchisee with seven restaurants in Birmingham (term expiring December 2023).

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta branch directors provide economic information from their industries and the branch territory to the district Bank's president and head office directors, who use the information in discussing monetary policy options and making discount rate recommendations. The Board of Governors appoints three of the Birmingham Branch directors, and the Atlanta head office directors appoint four.

Contact: Monique Broughton Knight | 470-249-8348