Our Leadership

Joseph Thompson
Joseph Thompson
Head of Private Wealth Management, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

CEO, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

As Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Investment Services, Joe Thompson currently leads the Private Wealth Management line of business. In this role, Joe manages the Private Wealth Management overarching strategy including Domestic and International Wealth Management, Sports and Entertainment Banking Group, Medical Specialty Group, and GenSpring.

Prior to being named to this position, Joe was head of Investment and Corporate Banking at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Investment Banking includes the Consumer & Retail, Energy, Financial Services, Financial Sponsors, Healthcare, Industrials, Media & Communications, REITs and Technology practice groups as well as the Mergers & Acquisitions group.

Joe has a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. A native of Atlanta, Joe graduated from The Westminster Schools. He is a member of the Executive Committee Board of Directors of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and is actively involved in the Woodruff Arts Center. Joe and his wife Alison have two children, Anna and Andrew.

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Tennessee: E. Jerry Coleman, III

Brian S. Dowhower

Head of Specialty Wealth Management, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Brian Dowhower is currently the Head of Specialty Wealth Management at SunTrust Banks, Inc. In this role, he has oversight responsibility for International Wealth Management, the Sports & Entertainment Banking Group, the Medical Banking Group, GenSpring Family Office, and Institutional Investment Services, which includes SunTrust’s Foundation & Endowment group, the 401(k) investment management and services group, and escrow services. Brian reports to Joe Thompson, President and CEO of Private Wealth Management.

Prior to being named to this position Brian Dowhower was Head of Middle Market Financial Sponsor Coverage at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH). The Middle Market Financial Sponsor Group worked with over 250 private equity firms nationwide, delivering a full suite of investment banking services to these firms and their portfolio companies, including Merger & Acquisition advice, Equity and Debt capital raising, Treasury services and Financial Risk Management advice.

Brian joined STRH in 2000 (then The Robinson-Humphrey Company, Inc.) and held numerous positions in the Financial Services Group and the Technology Group. In addition, from 2012 to 2015, Brian served as Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC, a nationally known provider of liquidity services to financial institutions. Prior to joining STRH, Brian was an attorney with King & Spalding in Atlanta, Ga.

Brian has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University. Brian graduated from Marist School in Atlanta.

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Willem Hattink

Private Wealth Management Specialty Groups

Willem Hattink

Willem Hattink is the Chief Executive Officer of GenSpring Family Offices, SunTrust’s multi-family office affiliate providing independent advice to families of substantial wealth. Willem also oversees the Private Wealth Management Specialty Groups, including Medical Specialty Group, Sports and Entertainment Group and International Wealth Management.

Prior to being named to this position, Mr. Hattink was the Private Wealth Management Market Executive at SunTrust Banks, Inc. Previous leadership roles include business executive for SunTrust’s Central and Mid-Atlantic banking groups. A 30-year veteran of SunTrust, he began his career in the commercial banking training program and subsequently held increasingly responsible roles in international banking, corporate and investment banking, commercial real estate, and wealth and investment management.

Mr. Hattink earned an MBA from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Higher Economic School in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Tennessee: E. Jerry Coleman, IIIMedical Specialty Group

E. Jerry Coleman

Jerry is the Head of the Medical Specialty Group at SunTrust, a group of dedicated teams that are focused exclusively on the unique needs of medical practice and physicians. A native of Columbus, GA, he joined Trust Company Bank as a banking officer before moving to a sales position with Burroughs Corporation in South Carolina and then Albrights, Inc. back in Columbus, GA. Jerry resumed his banking career with SunTrust Bank in 1986. He was named to the position of Executive Vice President and Private Wealth Management Division Executive for Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina in 2008.

Jerry was Chairman of Leadership Columbus and served on the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs and United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. Additionally, he was President of The Country Club of Columbus and a member of the administrative board of St. Paul United Methodist Church. His hobbies include golf and running.

Jerry earned his BS degree in Business Administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., in 1980, and a MBA degree in Finance from Auburn University.

Residing in Nashville, Jerry and his wife, Allison, are the parents of four sons.

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Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group

Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn is Executive Vice President of the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Mr. Dunn assumed this role in January 2013. In this role, Mr. Dunn leads a national team that focuses on corporate and individual clients in the sports, music, and film industries.

Prior to joining the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group, he was Division Executive for the West Coast of Florida where he was responsible for directing the sales and service efforts of 125 employees with assets under management in excess of $6 billion. In August 2003, he was named Executive Vice President and Head of Private Wealth & Investment Management for the Tampa Region. Jeff moved to Private Client Services as a Relationship Manager for high net worth clients in the Tampa market in May 2000. In April 1997, he joined SunTrust Banks as a Vice President and Commercial Banker. Mr. Dunn’s banking career started with M&T Bank in Buffalo as a Management Trainee in 1991. He worked as a Corporate Banker for six years and was promoted to Vice President on Commercial Banking in less than five years.

Mr. Dunn is a graduate of the Leadership Tampa class of 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from La Salle University in 1987 and earned his Masters of Business Administration in Finance in 1990 from Niagara University. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Board of the Catholic Foundation of Diocese of St. Petersburg where he previously served as President of the Foundation. He also served on the Finance Council for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He and his wife Susan with their three children, Liam, Rosalie, and Erin reside in Atlanta.

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Steven AllenLegal Specialty Group

W. Steven Allen

Steve Allen leads the Legal Specialty Group at SunTrust, a group of dedicated professionals that are focused exclusively on the unique needs of law firms and attorneys. Steve assumed his current role in 2015 and has held leadership roles in this specialty business since 2005. He has broad experience in financial services having held prior leadership positions in commercial banking, middle market banking, small business banking and factoring. Additionally, he has led de novo expansion initiatives and strategic re-engineering projects.

Steve is a graduate of Florida State University and holds FINRA 6, 63, 65, 7 and 24 Securities Registrations and Accident, Sickness, Life and Variable Insurance licenses. He is active in the community and is the immediate Past President and Board Member of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Steve was the Chairman of the Finance Committee for Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church where he also provides financial counseling for families in crisis. Steve is active in The Financial Executives Networking Group, providing career transition consulting.

A native of Atlanta and raised in Florida, Steve resides in Atlanta with his wife, Jamie. They have 2 grown children, Kelly and Greg.

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Division Wealth Management

Thomas M. Carroll, CFP®

Thomas Carroll leads the Division Wealth Management teams, with oversight and responsibility for the five divisional Private Wealth Management markets. Previous roles include chief executive officer of GenSpring Family Offices and managing director for the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group for SunTrust Banks, Inc.

A 17-year SunTrust veteran, Thomas has held increasingly responsible positions in the Private Wealth Management business. Prior to managing the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group, Thomas was the wealth services manager for the Atlanta region.

A native of Atlanta, Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Wake Forest University, and holds a Certified Financial Planner™ designation.

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Virginia Division Holly O. McEntire

Holly O. McEntire

Holly O. McEntire serves as the Managing Director for the Virginia Division of SunTrust Private Wealth Management. Holly is responsible for leading an established team of financial experts who work together to provide clients a wide variety of services including investment and portfolio management, financial planning, trust and estate administration and credit advisory services.

Prior to her current role, Holly served as a Client Advisor in our Lynchburg/Roanoke market meeting clients and growing business relationships throughout Southwest Virginia. Holly came to SunTrust in 2012 from Wells Fargo where she was the Regional Bank Private Banker for the Lynchburg market. Holly has held various wealth and investment management positions throughout Western Virginia during her career.

Holly holds an undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University with a major in management. She earned her MBA from Liberty University. Holly is also active in her community by serving as President of the Lynchburg Estate Planning Council and assisting with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Holly has recently relocated and now resides in Richmond with her husband Ryan and their two children.

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Victoria RixonSouth Florida

Victoria M. Rixon

As the Private Wealth Division Executive for South Florida, Mrs. Rixon has direct management responsibilities for a team of professional advisors with broad experience, to help high net worth clients grow and preserve their wealth.

Mrs. Rixon has over thirty prestigious years of experience in private banking and wealth management. Most recently, she was Managing Director and Market Manager for J.P. Morgan. Previously, she was Regional President of Palm Beach for Lydian Bank & Trust. In that role, she was responsible for both their private banking and wealth management offices in addition to leading their new business development team. Prior to the aforementioned positions, she was a Senior Leader at Bank of America for 17 years where she held dual roles as President of Bank of America and the Private Bank Market Executive for the Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast Region leading a team of 80 private banking and investment professionals across six wealth offices.

Mrs. Rixon serves on the Lynn University Board of Trustees and supports local community organizations such as Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Impact 100, Golden Bell and the George Snow Scholarship Fund. She previously served as a Chair for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Rixon is an avid golfer and snow skier. She and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Ryan and Sean. She received her B.A. in Marketing and International Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Currently she holds FINRA Series 7, Series 63, Series 9 and Series 10 registrations.

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Victoria RixonTampa Bay

Larry C. Parkin, CFP®

Larry Parkin currently serves as the Managing Director of Private Wealth Management for the Tampa Bay Region. He leads a team of 27 wealth management professionals helping wealthy families in 6 Counties in West Central Florida including Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, and the Nature Coast market. Larry began his SunTrust career 18 years ago in 1998, and has been in his current role since 2003. Prior to his current role, he spent time as a Commercial Relationship Manager in Tampa, and originally began his career in the Management Associate Training Program.

Larry received his B.S.B.A. from the University of Florida with a dual major in Finance and Insurance and a minor in Economics. He is a CFP® Certificant and holds his FINRA series 7, 66, 24 registrations and Florida Health, Life,-Variable Insurance licenses. Additionally, Larry has served on FINRA’s National Series 6/7 Exam Committee for the past 7 years, attended Florida Trust School, and attended the Wharton School of Business Securities Industry Institute’s 3-year program.

He and his wife Joanna reside in St. Petersburg.

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Greater Orlando

Teresa B. Colling, CFP®

Teresa Colling is a Managing Director with SunTrust Private Wealth Management. She offers clients more than 25 years of comprehensive wealth management experience and leads a group of Client Advisors who take a team approach with their clients by bringing together specialists in investments, financial planning, credit, and estate strategies.

Teresa has lived in the Orlando area nearly her entire life and is a graduate of Florida State University. Teresa is a long-time board member of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, a member of the board of directors of the Winter Park High School Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Women Build Steering Committee Member, Rollins Crummer School of Business board member, and is an active volunteer in the Orange County Public School system.

Teresa has earned the professional designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and holds her FINRA series 7, 24, 63 registrations and Life, health and variable annuity Insurance Licenses.

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Georgia and North Florida

Kent Moegerle, CFP®

Kent Moegerle is the Division Executive for the Georgia North Florida Private Wealth Division. In this role, he is responsible for leading Private Wealth and Private Wealth RESERVE for SunTrust within the Georgia North Florida markets.

Kent began his career at SunTrust in 1988 as a management associate in Tampa Florida. He has held multiple roles within SunTrust providing him with a diverse knowledge of the financial industry. He also worked with an independent boutique planning firm catering to entrepreneurs, business owners and wealthy families for 5 years in the Tampa market. His career path took him to SunTrust Private Wealth Management as a Wealth Strategist in 1998.

After spending 10 years working with high net worth clients in the Tampa market, Kent accepted an executive leadership role in Greensboro, NC and later Raleigh, NC leading a team of 50 Wealth Advisors as a result of SunTrust’s acquisition of a bank in North Carolina. In 2011, Kent moved his family to Nashville where he led the team as the Managing Director of Private Wealth Management. In 2016, Kent accepted the position of Division Executive for the Georgia North Florida Division in Atlanta.

Kent is a CFP and holds his FINRA series 6, 7, 66, 24 registrations and Health-Life- Variable insurance licenses. He graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in corporate finance. He has held many board and leadership positions within the communities he serves over the years to include Ruth Eckerd Hall, Nashville Opera, Leadership Tampa, Leadership Nashville, United Way and the American Heart Association. Currently, he is the co-chair for the Employee for the Arts campaign at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

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Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina

Thomas M. Hodges, IV, CFP®


Tom Hodges is the Division Executive for Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Tom began his career 28 years ago in the Charlotte financial market by leading teams in Retail, Business Banking and Private Wealth Management for Wachovia Bank. In 2005, Tom joined SunTrust as a Managing Director of the Mecklenburg/South Carolina Private Wealth Management Team. Since joining SunTrust, he has earned his Certified Financial Planner™ designation and holds the FINRA Series 7, 24 and 66 securities registrations as well as his North Carolina Life and Health Insurance licenses.

Tom is a 1986 graduate of Appalachian State University, earning a B.S.B.A in Business Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for Samaritan’s Purse, Appalachian State Finance, Business and Insurance Board of Advisors and is a Rotary International Member. Tom resides in Charlotte with his wife Michelle and son, Thomas.

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Thompson, Hattink, Coleman, Dunn, Carroll, Moegerle, Hodges, McEntire, Dowhower, Allen, Rixon, Parkin and Collins with the exception of Dowhower, all are Investment Adviser Representatives, SunTrust Advisory Services, Inc.

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