Board of Directors

Our People

Claire W. Tucker

President & Chief Executive Officer

Claire W. Tucker serves as CapStar’s President and Chief Executive Officer. After raising more than $88 million in start-up capital, a record for a de novo bank in Tennessee, Claire led the founding of CapStar in July, 2008, now a billion-dollar financial institution.

Claire started her banking career in 1975 at First American National Bank and had advanced to holding the office of president of corporate banking by 1996. When the bank was sold to AmSouth in 1999, she was Senior Executive VP responsible for all commercial banking activities in six southeastern states and New York.

In 2011, Claire was appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank for the Sixth District to a three-year term as chairman of the Sixth Federal Reserve District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). Each Federal Reserve District established a CDIAC to systematically include the views of community depository institutions in the policymaking process. The chairs of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank’s CDIACs meet semi-annually with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board.

Claire is a board member of Ingram Entertainment and has been a member of the executive committee since its founding in 1997. She recently chaired the board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and has chaired the boards of the Nashville Ballet, Nashville’s Table, St. Luke’s Community House, Tennessee Wesleyan College and others. A member of the Leadership Nashville class of 1996, she is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Denny Bottorff

Chairman of the Board

Denny Bottorff, an organizer of the bank and chairman of CapStar’s board of directors, graduated from Vanderbilt University (electrical engineering) in 1966 and received his MBA from Northwestern University in 1968.

He began his career at Commerce Union Bank in Nashville, serving in several positions before becoming president of the bank and, later, CEO. He subsequently served as president of Sovran Bank in Norwalk, Va. and continued in that role when Sovran merged with C&S Bank in Atlanta. In 1991, he returned to Nashville to be president and CEO of First American National Bank and then served as chairman of AmSouth Bancorporation after the First American-AmSouth merger; he retired from that role in 2001.

Denny has served in numerous financial industry leadership positions including directorships with the Tennessee and American Banking Associations and the Financial Services Roundtable. He serves on the board of Ingram Industries, Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Valley Authority and has served on several corporate boards including Dollar General and Shoney’s. He is active in local affairs, serving on many community and nonprofit boards. 

Earl Bentz

Earl Bentz, an organizer of the bank and member of CapStar’s board of directors, attended Clemson University and Vanderbilt University and has completed the Dale Carnegie Human Relations courses and training.

Currently, he is president and CEO of Triton Boats, a company he sold to Brunswick Corporation in 2005. Earl began his career in boating in Charleston, South Carolina in 1966 and went on to form his own entrepreneurial companies Stratos Boats and, later, Triton Boats. He also has an extensive background in commercial real estate development.

Earl has served on the boards of the Country Music Hall of Fame; the Middle Tennessee Council; Boy Scouts of America; Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation; the National Association of Boat Manufacturers; the National Marine Manufacturers’ Association; the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation; and the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation. He is an avid outdoorsman and lives in Nashville.

Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn, a member of CapStar’s board of directors, attended Vanderbilt University as a National Merit Scholar, earning his degree in English and later earning a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. His is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Currently, he serves as director of Flynn Enterprises, LLC, a family owned, multi-national garment manufacturing, sales and distribution company. He lives in Hopkinsville, Ky. and supports several civic and charitable organizations there. He has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School and served on the Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Advisory Board.

Julie Frist

Julie Frist, an organizer of the bank and member of CapStar’s board of directors, graduated from Yale University (1993) and from the Harvard Business School (1997), then worked in the Investment Banking Division and the Private Client Services group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Later, she worked for New York-based private equity firm Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.

Julie has served on several boards including the St. Paul’s School (Concord, New Hampshire); the Oasis Center (Nashville); Anchor (New York); and the Nashville Chapter of the Red Cross. She lives in Nashville.

LA Green

Advisory Board Chair

Louis A. Green III (L.A. Green) is a 26-year veteran of the real estate industry. Presently, Green serves as General Partner of Green & Little, L.P., a real estate investment company headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee. Additionally, he is President of Green-Little Corporation, a real estate management company. Green serves as Director of CapStar Bank, which acquired American Security Bank & Trust where he was also an originating member. He is a prior director of Commerce Union Bank and NationsBank (both now Bank of America), located in Sumner County.

After attending the University of Tennessee, Green spent the next 15 years at Green Seed Company, a wholesale distribution business covering the eastern half of the United States. In 1983, Green assumed the role of President. When Green Seed Co. was sold to Genesis Seed in 1989, the company enjoyed annual revenues in excess of $35 million.

Active in the community, Green has volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards and committees, including currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee Council. He formerly served on the board of directors for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency, Forward Sumner and the Sumner County Joint Economic Community Development Board. Green is also active in civic organizations such as the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Fairvue Plantation Golf & Country Club. A seventh generation resident of Sumner County, he is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gallatin. 

Dale W. Polley

Dale W. Polley retired as a vice chairman and member of the board of directors of First American Corporation and First American National Bank in 2000. Prior to these positions, Dale served in various executive management positions at First American Corporation, including serving as its president from 1997 to 1999. Before joining First American in 1991, he had been group executive vice president and treasurer for C&S/Sovran Corporation, and held various executive positions within Sovran before its merger with C&S. Dale joined Sovran from Commerce Union Bank of Nashville, where he was its executive vice president and chief financial officer. He serves on the board of directors of O’Charley’s Inc., a registered public restaurant company, and HealthStream, Inc., a registered public health services company, both of which are headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dale also serves on the boards of the Nashville Sports Council, the Music City Bowl and Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. He has formerly served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, St. Thomas Health Services Foundation, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the T.J. Martel Foundation, the YMCA and the United Way, where he served as chairman of the board and chairman of the community’s 1995 fundraising campaign. He has also served as president of the Nashville Club for the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. In 2001 and in 2006, he served as the chairman of the steering committee for the Nashville Sports Council’s hosting of the 2006 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Steve Smith

Stephen B. Smith, a member of CapStar’s board of directors, attended Middle Tennessee State University where he was an accomplished baseball player, winning the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 1976. He is chairman of the board of Haury & Smith Contractors, one of Nashville’s most experienced homebuilders. Mr. Smith is active in community affairs, serving on the Metro Nashville Planning Commission and the Regional Transit Authority, and was both a member and chairman of the board of directors of Metropolitan Nashville Parks and Recreation. He served on boards for First Union National Bank, Franklin Road Academy and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. In 2007, he was awarded the MS Hope Award by the National MS Society Mid-South Chapter, and he currently is a member of the MS Society's Board of Directors. Stephen lives on a farm in Williamson County where he raises cattle, standard-bred racehorses and Tennessee Walking Horses.

Dick Thornburgh

Richard E. Thornburgh, a member of CapStar’s board of directors, graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1976. He is vice chairman of Corsair Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm with more than $2 billion invested in financial services companies worldwide.

Mr. Thornburgh has served as director of the board for Dollar General Corporation and National City Corporation. He also serves on the board for NewStar Financial, Inc. and Credit Suisse Corp. He has an extensive background in investment banking and has served as an advisor to the governments of Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico. He also serves on several boards in the securities and finance industry, as well as on the Executive Committee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

Jay Turner

James Stephen “Jay” Turner, Jr., an organizer of the bank and member of CapStar’s board of directors, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School. He was appointed managing director of Marketstreet Enterprises in 2007 and has served as director of development for Marketstreet Equities Company and Marketstreet Management Company.

James is a member of the board of directors of Farmers National Bank Financial Corporation in Scottsville, Ky. He has served on non-profit boards including the Adventure Science Center, the Ingram Cancer Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 

Toby Wilt

Toby Wilt, a member of CapStar’s board of directors, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University  in civil engineering. He is an accomplished business executive, having served on boards and in executive management roles for companies including TSW Investment Company; Christie Cookie Company; 1st Source Corporation; Outback Steakhouse, Inc.; TLC Corporation; First American National Bank; Williamson County Bank; and many more.

He has expertise in finance, compensation, asset policy, audit and marketing and is also a non-practicing certified public accountant. He is active in the community through his private foundation and has a deep commitment to local organizations.

Toby has served on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority; the Belle Meade Country Club; and in various roles for the Young Presidents Organization; the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Belmont University. He was raised in Evanston, Illinois and was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force, receiving his wings in 1969.

He and his wife are avid golfers. Toby is a member of the Golf Club of Tennessee and several country clubs.