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Having worked for SunTrust for more than 46 years, David Ramsay retired in October, 2007 as the Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Northwest Florida, a position he held for twelve years. Before transferring to Florida in 1995, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Banks in northeast and middle Tennessee, and as Executive Vice President of SunTrust Bank in Nashville.
In 1995, he was assigned to Tallahassee as that bank’s Chairman, President and CEO. Subsequent acquisitions in Marianna and Chattahoochee expanded the bank beyond Leon County, and in 1999, SunTrust banks in Pensacola, Panama City, Fort Walton and Destin were added to his responsibilities resulting in the creation of SunTrust Bank, Northwest Florida. At year end 2006, the bank operated 31 branches in eight counties and held deposits in excess of $1.5 billion.
Dave is active in community and statewide organizations. He has served as Chairman of the local Economic Development Council and as the Chairman of the Board, and Campaign Chair for the United Way of the Big Bend. He was appointed by Governor Bush, and confirmed by the Florida Senate, to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, also known as Volunteer Florida. He recently chaired that Commission. Secretary of State Sue Cobb appointed him to the board of the Friends of Mission San Luis, and more recently Secretary Kurt Browning appointed him as its Chairman.
He is currently a Commissioner of Tallahassee’s Urban Design Commission, an Advisory Board member of both Florida State University’s College of Medicine Regional Board in Tallahassee, and the Florida Highway Patrol. Until recently, he served as Vice President of Florida’s Great Northwest, a regional economic development council.
Through the years, he has served on numerous boards and committees of the Tennessee, Florida and American Bankers Associations. In 1986 – ’87, he was the national President of the American Institute of Banking. At the ABA, he served as a member of the Education Policy and Development Council and on the Government Relations Council.
In 2009, he was the recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award for Lifetime Service and Civic Participation through Volunteer Service, and later in the year, the Tallahassee Democrat chose him as Tallahassee’s Volunteer of the Year for the Arts.
Dave is a graduate of Red Bank High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga having received his degree in Business Administration with emphasis in accounting. He is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at LSU, the American Bankers Association’s National Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma, and the Robert Morris Associates’ Senior Loan Management Program at Indiana University.
After completing Officer’s Candidate School (OCS), he was commissioned as an infantry officer. In 1969, Dave was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in Stuttgart, Germany. He previously held a private pilot’s license and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
Dave is married to the former Nancy Bales, a “Teacher of the Year” recipient for the Chattanooga/Hamilton County School System, and they have two sons.