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Columbus First Bank Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Columbus First Bank is comprised of prominent small business owners from in and around Columbus. Each of these professionals has been instrumental in helping guide the overall development and day-to-day operations of the bank in order to make Columbus First a strong resource for other businesses in the Central Ohio community.

  • Prominent small business owners
  • Involved since the bank’s inception
  • Part of the initial organization team
  • Columbus First Bank customers

A Diverse Group of Successful Columbus Area Business Owners

meet-board-btnOur board members have been involved with Columbus First since its inception in August 2007 and before that as its initial organizers. In addition to serving on the board, every board member is also a Columbus First customer.

Leman G. Beall, III

Leman G. Beall, III Bio Photo

Mr. Beall is CEO of Rea & Associates CPAs, Inc., a top 100 U.S. CPA firm with 11 offices in Ohio. Mr. Beall is a certified public accountant specializing in not-for-profit, medical practice, real estate, small business, individual income tax and planning. He is a past president of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Society Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition, he is a member and past chair of the Ohio University Accounting Department Advisory Board, and a founding member of the Dublin AM Rotary Club. Mr. Beall resides in Granville, Ohio.

James F. Boltz

James F. Boltz Bio Photo

Mr. Boltz is the vice president of Zimmerman, Boltz and Company. He has over 25 years of accounting experience with a strong emphasis in the dental field. He is a member of the Academy of Dental CPAs, an association of 25 firms that specialize in servicing dentists throughout the United States. Mr. Boltz resides in Blacklick, Ohio.

William (Rhett) G. Huddle, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank

William (Rhett) G. Huddle Bio Photo

Before founding Columbus First, Mr. Huddle was an executive officer with Prospect Bank from 2001 to 2004, and was elected a director in 2003. In 1990, he was one of four principal officers to organize Commerce National Bank, a national bank headquartered in Columbus, where he was an executive officer and later a director until 2000. Mr. Huddle previously practiced law in Columbus with Baker & Hostetler (as well as a predecessor firm) representing clients in the areas of corporate law, real estate and banking. He resides in Dublin, Ohio.

J. Lawrence Hutta

J. Lawrence Hutta Bio Photo

Dr. Hutta is the majority shareholder of J. Lawrence Hutta DDS, Inc., an orthodontics practice with offices located in Worthington and Dublin, Ohio. He is a diplomat of The American Board of Orthodontists – a distinction held by only twenty percent of practicing orthodontists in the United States. Dr. Hutta resides in Westerville, Ohio.

Michael J. Johrendt

Michael J. Johrendt Bio Photo

Mr. Johrendt is a principal in the law firm of Johrendt & Holford located in Columbus, Ohio, practicing in the areas of business and tax law. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Johrendt owns and operates a commercial real estate investment company. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. Mr. Johrendt resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Juan Jose (John) Perez

Juan Jose (John) Perez Bio Photo

Mr. Perez is the majority owner of Perez & Morris, LLC, a law firm he founded in 1999 that focuses on civil commercial matters. Mr. Perez’s legal career began as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Nicholas J. Walinski in Toledo, Ohio. From 1987 to 1994, he worked as a litigation associate and partner at a major Columbus, Ohio law firm, and has previously worked as general counsel and vice president of administration of a publicly traded company. Mr. Perez resides in Westerville, Ohio.

Timothy A. Rabold

Timothy A. Rabold Bio Photo

Mr. Rabold began his career as a management trainee with State Savings Bank, eventually managing several branch offices in the Columbus area. In 1997, he purchased Thompson-Cunningham Agency, Inc., an independent insurance agency located in Worthington, Ohio, which he currently manages. He is a past member of the Agents Advisory Counsel for Motorists Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Rabold resides in Worthington, Ohio.

John F. Smiley, President and Chief Lending Officer

John F. Smiley Bio Photo

Mr. Smiley is the co-founder and President of Columbus First Bank. He has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry specializing in real estate and medical/dental lending. His banking career began as a loan officer with State Savings Bank, where he worked for 11 years. He went on to work at Commerce National Bank and was one of the original employees of Prospect Bank, which was later sold to Sky Bank. A founding member of the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce and CCDC Banker of the Year, Mr. Smiley is a graduate of Bishop Watterson and The Ohio State University. He currently resides in Dublin, Ohio.

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