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Directors

Andrew C. Bearden. Jr.
Certified Public Accountant

Mr.Bearden is the newly elected Chairman of the Board. He practices as a Certified Public Accountant and offers consulting services through BEACO Consulting, LLC, in Thomasville, Alabama. He has served extensively at the executive level in the banking industry and brings a wide range of accounting, financial, capital markets, and risk assessment skills to USBI. Mr. Bearden's extensive prior experience in the banking industry, specifically his experience and leadership roles with two public companies, and other executive management experience and skills, provide valuable insight and expertise to the Board of Directors.

 

John C. Gordon
President,
Forest Services, Inc.
President,
SS&J Land Company, Inc.

Mr. Gordon has been self-employed, performing forestry, timberland and investment services for Forest Services, Inc. (land management) since 1994 and for SS&J Land Co., Inc. since 1998. He has been a director since 1997. Mr. Gordon's business management, investment and risk assessment skills obtained from his leadership of these companies and his experience in the forestry business are all valuable to the Board of Directors.

 

Gerald P. Corgill
President,
Dozier Hardware Company, Inc.

Mr. Corgill has served as President of Dozier Hardware Company, Inc., a hardware and building supply company, since 1982. He has been a director since 1985. His skills and business experience, as well as the various operational and leadership roles in which he has served his business, all provide him with a wide range of knowledge on topics important to business. This knowledge contributes greatly to the composition of the Board of Directors.

 

 

Linda H. Breedlove
Retired Publisher and Editor,
The South Alabamian, Inc.

Ms. Breedlove serves as a part-time writer and proofer for The South Alabamian, Inc., a newspaper publishing company. She also performs certain bookkeeping functions for The South Alabamian, Inc. and The Thomasville Times. She served as Publisher Editor of the South Alabamian, Inc. for 29 years until January 2003. Ms. Breedlove's business and management experience gained from her long career in newspaper publishing, as well as her local community and civic leadership  roles and involvement and knowledge of the local market, all make her a valuable contributor to the Board of Directors. 

 

William G. Harrison 
Retired Timber Settlements and Records Manager,
Linden Lumber Company

Mr. Harrison served as Timber Settlements and Records Manager for Linden Lumber Company from 1999 until his retirement in 2008. For 20 years prior to his position at Linden Lumber Company, he was Chief Executive Officer and sole owner of Bedsole Dry Goods, a department store chain consisting of department and variety stores. Mr. Harrison's extensive business experience, specifically his understanding of accounts management and credit and collection risk, contributes greatly to the Board of Directors.

 

James F. House
President, Chief Executive Officer
United Security Bancshares, Inc.
First United Security Bank

Mr. House's banking experience spans nearly 40 years and most recently has served as Division President for a community bank with over $2 billion in assets and 51 branches. Prior to that time he held an executive management position with a $53 billion bank headquartered in Alabama. His significant experience in bank management, commercial and consumer lending, risk management and investments contributes greatly to the Board of Directors.

 

John Lee McPhearson
County Attorney, Choctaw County

Mr. McPhearson is an attorney, currently practicing in Butler, Alabama. He also serves as County Attorney for Choctaw County, Alabama. From 1995 until 2002, Mr. McPhearson served as Circuit Judge for the First Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama and previously served from 1981 until 1987 as District Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit. Mr. McPhearson is actively involved in timber and real estate enterprises. His legal experience as a practitioner, which involved some representation and advising of business entities, as well as his knowledge and understanding of the communities served by USBI and First United Security Bank gained through his time on the bench, all contribute greatly to the Board of Directors.

 

Jack W. Meigs
Circuit Judge,
Fourth Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama

Mr. Meigs has served as Circuit Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama since 1991. Mr. Meigs' extensive legal experience in the local area, both as a practitioner and as a judge, provides him with a wide range of management skills and knowledge on topics important to business, which contributes greatly to the composition of the Board of Directors.

A.J. Strickland, III
John R. Miller of Strategic Management
Graduate School of Business
University of Alabama

Dr. Strickland was elected as a Director of United Security Bancshares, Inc. and First United Security Bank, by the Board of Directors in February 2013. He is a native of North Georgia, where he attended the University of Georgia and received the Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physics. He then entered the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management. For his doctorate, he received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Georgia State University in 1969. Dr. Strickland is the co-author of over 15 strategic management books and texts used at universities worldwide.

 

Howard M. Whitted
Retired Forester,
Weyerhaeuser
Forester,
Whitted Family Timberlands

Mr. Whitted was a forester for Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products and container board manufacturer, from 1968 until his retirement in 2006. He is currently a forester and manager for Whitted Family Holdings. Mr. Whitted's general business experience and specifically his experience in the real estate and forestry industry provide valuable insight to the Board of Directors regarding land and timber valuations and market conditions, which are important to the business of USBI and First United Security Bank.

 

Bruce N. Wilson
Partner,
Law Firm of Wilson & Drinkard

Bruce Wilson is a senior partner in the law firm of Wilson & Drinkard in Grove Hill, Alabama where he has worked since 1993. Through his law practice, Mr. Wilson has represented and continues to represent business and corporate clients throughout all phases of their operations. He counsels clients on various real estate, industrial, economic development, budgetary and auditing issues. Mr. Wilson's experience and understanding of these issues enable him to provide valuable insight to the Board of Directors.