John W. Jackson (BBA ’76)

John W. Jackson

John Jackson has been a banker in Atlanta for more than 30 years, having advanced through the leadership ranks of Atlanta’s most prominent middle market banks. He spent 15 years with Bank South, focused on retail banking, consumer lending, mortgage lending and commercial lending.

In 1991, Mr. Jackson moved to SouthTrust where his leadership responsibility grew from regional manager of East Metro Atlanta in 1991, managing an $800 million loan portfolio, to regional president of SouthTrust in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 2004, Mr. Jackson co-founded Bank of Atlanta and served as its president and CEO. He built the bank into a profitable $230 million operation. The bank was acquired by the $3 billion State Bank and Trust in 2014. Mr. Jackson currently serves as Atlanta Commercial Banking Regional President of Cadence Bank, previously State Bank and Trust.

An Atlanta native, John Jackson has a deep commitment to the Atlanta community. He serves on the boards of the Winship Cancer Institute, Covenant House of Georgia, Carter Center Board of Councilors, Desire Street Ministries, and Kaiser Permanente.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1976 and serves as a member of the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council. He is married to Sandra, and they have two daughters who are graduates of the University of Georgia School of Law and the University of Alabama.