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The talented management team that leads Cadence Bank is made up of some of the most accomplished and respected bankers in the region.

Paul B. Murphy, Jr.   


Sam Tortorici          


Valerie C. Toalson



Jerry Powell   

  Hank Holmes    Debbie Innes

Sarah Peterson  


Randy Schultz


Mark Wesson




Paul B. Murphy, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Bancorp, LLC 
Chairman, Cadence Bank, N.A. 
Member, Board of Directors, Cadence Bancorp, LLC and Cadence Bank, N.A.

Paul Murphy spent nearly 20 years at Amegy Bank of Texas, helping to steer that institution from $50 million in assets and a single location to assets of $11 billion and 85 banking centers in the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas when he left as a Director and Chief Executive Office in 2009. After several successful acquisitions, the bank was purchased by Zions Bancorporation for $1.7 billion in 2005, with its original investors realizing 36 times their initial investments.

A strong community advocate, Murphy is a board member of the Houston Endowment, Inc., the largest endowment in Texas with more than $1.3 billion in assets. He also serves on the boards of the Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., Oceaneering International, Inc., the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Care System, Kinkaid School, The Children’s Museum of Houston and the Mississippi State University Foundation. He is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and is a member of the Governor’s Business Council.

Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Mississippi State University in 1981 and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


Sam Tortorici

Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Bank, N.A. 
Member, Board of Directors, Cadence Bancorp, LLC

A highly regarded banking leader throughout the Southeast, Sam Tortorici joined Cadence Bancorp in 2011 as CEO of Superior Bank, with the chief responsibility of making Superior a part of the new Cadence Bank. Prior to this, Tortorici had a distinguished 25-year career at Regions and AmSouth Bancorp, where in his final role he lead Regions’ Commercial & Industrial business, comprised of over 500 banking professionals across 16 states, more than $30 billion in loan commitments and annual revenue in excess of $1 billion. While there, Tortorici spearheaded development of a range of commercial industry specialty businesses and held a number of executive leadership positions with responsibility for sales and services across a variety of banking businesses.

He has served his community as the United Way of Central Alabama’s General Campaign Chairman and on the boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Operation New Birmingham and the Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Tortorici continues to be active with his alma mater as a member of the President’s Cabinet.


Valerie C. Toalson

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Cadence Bank, N.A. 

Valerie C. Toalson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Cadence Bank, N.A., brings more than 25 years of banking experience in accounting and accounting operations, financial and regulatory reporting, treasury, and investor relations. She also has played key roles in budgeting as well as customer and relationship profitability management.

Most recently, Toalson served as Executive Vice President, CFO of BankAtlantic Bancorp. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at Bank of Oklahoma, including Manager of Credit Services, Corporate Controller, Manager of Process Improvement and Chief Auditor. Toalson began her career in audit at Price Waterhouse, where she earned her CPA.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in accounting, Toalson is a board member of the Broward County YMCA and a member of its finance committee, Chairman of the Parkland Family Center YMCA, and a member of the financial advisory team of Church by the Glades. She also is active with Crown Financial Ministries and Financial Peace University as a group coordinator and class facilitator.


Jerry Powell

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Cadence Bancorp, LLC and Cadence Bank, N.A.

With a distinguished legal career that spans more than 30 years, Jerry Powell started as a clerk to a U.S. District Judge, after which he joined a general-practice firm in Birmingham, with an emphasis on litigation, creditor’s rights and consumer compliance. From 1981 to 2010, he served as corporate counsel at Compass Bank, and then as special counsel at Jones Walker in the firm’s Financial Services Section.

Powell is a member of the American Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association and has served on the Committee on Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor, the Bar’s Speaker’s Bureau and the Grievance Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. He is the past president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Chapter of the ACC.

Powell currently is President of the Board of Directors of AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit corporation providing housing and support services to the HIV/AIDS-infected community. He was a founding director of Magic Moments, an organization dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of terminally ill children. He also serves Birmingham-Southern College as a member of the President’s Advisory Council as well as the University of Alabama School of Law as a member of the Farrah Law Society’s Board of Trustees. 

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Jerry Powell is a cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He graduated with honors from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a member of the Alabama Law Review and The Order of the Coif, a Hugo Black Scholar, and recipient of a Farrah Order of Jurisprudence Scholarship. 


Hank Holmes

President, Cadence Bank, N.A.

Hank Holmes joined Cadence in Spring 2011, and in two years, has built the bank’s lending team across the Southeast and in Texas to more than 85 relationship-focused lenders intent on bringing their clients solutions on both side of the balance sheet. Holmes oversees nearly $3 billion in loan activity among seven lending groups, including Commercial & Industrial, Commercial Real Estate, Energy, International, Middle Market Commercial, Business Banking and Community Banking.

A member of Cadence’s Senior Management Committee and Senior Loan Committee, Holmes is integrally involved in the bank’s M&A activity, regulatory relationships and business development, having played a key role in the $1.6 billion acquisition of Houston-based Encore Bank in July 2012.

Holmes began his career at Amegy Bank in the bank’s commercial real estate department and, over the next seven years, closed more than $750 million in loans and while servicing one of their largest portfolios. Under his leadership, Amegy’s private banking department grew from $400 million to $800 million between 2003 and 2009, outperforming industry standards with minimal loan loss and high profitability. In 2009, Holmes assumed leadership of the bank’s special assets group, where he implemented policies to meet regulatory and other audit requirements.

With more than 20 years of experience in banking and profound industry expertise, Holmes is a frequent guest lecturer at leading universities and a recurrent presenter on issues relating to banking and the economy.

Holmes serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Mississippi’s School of Banking and Finance and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1993, majoring in managerial finance.


Debbie Innes

Executive Vice President, Retail Banking and Treasury Management Executive, Cadence Bank, N.A.

With 30 years of banking experience, Debbie Innes was chosen one of U.S. Banker magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2006. From a field of more than 5,100 executive-level candidates in financial institutions across the country, Innes was the only Texas executive to rank in the top 25.

As Executive Vice President for Amegy Bank and Zions Bancorp after its acquisition of Amegy, Innes was responsible for the treasury management division, which generated more than $170 million in revenue. During her 20 years with these banks, she led her team to record revenue growth in treasury and a total increase of 19 percent in retail revenue. Innes also worked for First City National Bank as Treasury Management Senior Sales and Implementation Manager for 11 years and is a past recipient of the Houston Treasury Management Association’s Favorite Banker Award.

Innes is a popular speaker for industry organizations and is active in the community through I Have a Dream – Houston, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and ESCAPE Family Resource Center. She studied speech pathology at Texas Tech University, where she received her degree.


Sarah Peterson

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Cadence Bank, N.A.

Sarah Peterson has more than 35 years experience in marketing, communications and investor relations across a range of industries. She began her career as a writer for The Houston Chronicle then moved to U.S. News & World Report as Southwest Bureau Chief.

Peterson managed marketing, internal and external communications, and public relations for St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation, both in Houston, and Main Line Health Systems in Philadelphia. She directed the international public relations firm Hill+Knowlton, providing media relations, public relations and marketing counsel to clients in the fields of energy, banking, healthcare, manufacturing, tourism and sports. In 2002 she joined Amegy Bank as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Investor Communications.

In Philadelphia, Peterson was active with the American Heart Association and the Forum of Executive Women, and served on the Boards of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Riddle Hospital.  She has served on the boards of the United Way of Greater Houston, Houston Symphony, Local Initiative Support Corporation and Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Peterson is an Emeritus Member of the Advisory Board, Department of Communications for the College of Charleston.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston.

Randy Schultz

Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Specialized Industries, Cadence Bank, N.A.

Prior to joining Cadence Bank to launch its Specialized Industries group, Randy Schultz was founder and Managing Director of Regions Bank’s Restaurant Banking Group, which was formed in April 2009. This group grew assets under management to approximately $1.3 billion from 2009 to 2011. Before joining Regions, Schultz was Managing Director of Bank of America’s Restaurant and Beverage Finance Group from 1996 to 2006, where he helped this group grow from $300 million in assets under management to approximately $7 billion in assets and $200 million in revenue.

Schultz led multiple lines of business on a regional and national basis during his tenure at Bank of America, including commercial banking, corporate and investment banking and global treasury management. 

Schultz received his Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi State University and his master’s degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University.


Mark Wesson

Executive Vice President, Wealth Services, Cadence Bank, N.A.

Before leading Wealth Services at Cadence Bank, Mark Wesson was Regional Private Banking Manager with The Private Bank at Wells Fargo, covering Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. He began his career at Wells Fargo and its predecessors in 1986, where he served as Regional Director and then Managing Director for Wachovia Wealth Management, and later as Wealth Management Director for SouthTrust Bank.

Wesson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, the Advisors Committee for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and is a member of the Certified Financial Planning Association and Birmingham Estate Planning Council.

Wesson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a 2004 graduate of the Southern Trust School at Spring Hill College.


Cadence Bank, N.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cadence Bancorp, LLC.

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