Our Board of Directors

Ernie Bacon, Secretary
Ernie Bacon is a retired healthcare executive with previous positions with HCA, HealthTrust, and Community Health Systems. A former two-term alderman for Franklin and a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow, Ernie is a past president of the Heritage Foundation and of Historic Carnton Plantation. He holds a degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.

William E. Cherry, Chairman

Bill Cherry is the retired chief executive officer and president of Mid States PLC, an automotive replacement parts supplier to the Southeastern U.S. A member of the First Franklin Presbyterian Church, he attended Battle Ground Academy, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee at Nashville.



Michael J. McNamara, M.D.

Dr. McNamara is an Associate Professor in Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He practices at the Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Clinic in Franklin where he specializes in spinal surgery. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, he received his medical degree from Duke University of Medicine. Following completion of his residencies in Orthopaedics, Dr. McNamara completed his fellowship in Spinal Disorders at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. McNamara previously served as president and partner of the Bone and Joint Clinic, P.C.



Richard T. Sells
Rich Sells has had an illustrious career in the cemetery and funeral industry including twenty-seven years with Service Corporation International encompassing roles as chief operating officer for the cemetery division, senior vice president of world wide sales and president of the combined cemetery and funeral operations for the western states.  With the leading industry trade group, the International Cemetery Crematory & Funeral Association, he served as president in 1999 - 2000, as a member of the executive committee, on the board for multiple three year terms and was recently inducted in the ICCFA Hall of Fame.  He has served as vice president and board member with the Southern Cemetery and Crematory Association and is active as a speaker at state and national trade associations.  A CPA he currently consults with The Johnson Consulting Group.  Rich received his BSBA in accounting from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and served as captain in the US Army Armor Corps.


Marshall L. Bartlett
Marshall Bartlett became chief investment officer of Independence Trust in 2014 having joined Independence Trust Company in 2005.  In this   role he oversees portfolio management, trading, and other investment functions for the firm's clients. This includes serving as lead manager for the firm's dividend growth portfolio.  Marshall also serves as president and treasurer of Independence Holding Corporation.

Prior to joining Independence Trust Company, Marshall was a service manager for Aspect Communications, responsible for maintaining the company’s premier client relationships and managing a team of fifteen employees.

Marshall received his B.S. in economics and business administration from Vanderbilt University. He received an M.B.A. from the Massey School of Business at Belmont University. He concentrated his studies on finance while achieving his M.B.A., including classes on mutual fund analysis as well as stock and bond valuation. A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, he was voted most outstanding student by his peers.


Greer B. Redden
Greer Redden became president of Independence Trust Company in 2014.  He joined Independence Trust in 2009 as a relationship manager overseeing the firm’s business development. In 2011 Greer became head of client services where he was responsible for both account administration and operations.  In that role he oversaw all aspects of the client relationship while working directly with major clients.

Prior to joining Independence Trust Company, Greer's investment services career included serving as a vice president with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and a financial advisor with Citigroup Smith Barney. In these previous roles, Greer was responsible for advising his clients in the areas of investments, lending and estate planning.

Greer graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with his B.S. in human and organizational development. After graduation, he served four years as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army, departing as a captain in 2000. He received his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2011.



Mark D. Thomas
Mark D. Thomas was an original founder of American Security Bank & Trust and served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer.  He has over 36 years of diversified experience in commercial banking including numerous roles with First Union National Bank and ABC Bancorp among others. Mr. Thomas holds a degree in Business Administration, and is a graduate of Isothermal College; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Banking; Graduate School of Executive Management, Emory University; and Stonier Graduate School at the University of Delaware.

He has served on numerous boards for both business and charitable organizations.  A North Carolina native, Mr. Thomas has made Nashville his home for over 20 years, where he resides with his wife and is a member of West End United Methodist Church.