Board of Directors
- Leman G. Beall, III
- James F. Boltz
- William (Rhett) G. Huddle
- J. Lawrence Hutta
- Michael J. Johrendt
- Juan Jose (John) Perez
- Timothy A. Rabold
- John F. Smiley
The Board of Directors of Columbus First Bank is comprised of several prominent small business owners from in and around Columbus, each of whom has been instrumental in helping guide the bank in becoming a strong resource for other businesses in the Central Ohio community.
Our board members have been involved with Columbus First since its inception in August 2007 and before that as its initial organizers. Every board member is also a Columbus First customer.
In Alphabetical Order
Leman G. Beall, III
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mr. Rabold began his career as a management trainee with State Savings Bank, eventually managing several branch offices in 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
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.