About Us

When so much in life isn’t simple or easy, we believe banking should be. At CertusBank, we are dedicated to providing an experience like no other. Our customers benefit from innovative tools and technology provided with a personal connection they quickly come to trust and appreciate. We work hard to earn your loyalty and, as your financial partner, encourage you to dream big and provide the smart solutions to turn those dreams into reality. We’re more than a bank – we’re your neighbor and we are committed to the success and growth of individuals, businesses and communities we serve.

Our Leadership

John S. Poelker
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
John-S-Poelker-200wideJohn S. Poelker is a veteran executive with four decades of experience in commercial banking and consumer finance. His proven track record of executive assignments includes experience preparing banks for public trading, strengthening liquidity positions and structuring organizations to improve loan and credit administration. Since 2005, Poelker has worked as President of The Poelker Consultancy Inc. – an Atlanta-based firm that provides strategic and advisory services to financial services organizations. As both a contracted consultant and interim executive, Poelker served as Chief Financial Officer of Atlanta-based State Bank Financial Corp., as well as Chief Executive Officer of Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Beach First National Bank and Atlanta, Ga.-based Georgian Bancorporation Inc. From 1998 to 2005, Poelker worked as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Old National Bancorp in Evansville, Ind., a $9 billion commercial banking holding company with 120 branches in five Midwestern states. At Old National Bancorp, Poelker managed operations for tax, treasury, internal audit, and investor relations service lines. Prior to that appointment, Poelker served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American General Finance Inc., an $8 billion consumer finance subsidiary of AIG Corporation that delivered consumer finance and credit insurance products through 1400 domestic and Caribbean branches.

Poelker earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from University of Notre Dame. He also graduated from the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His industry leadership includes serving on the boards of directors for First Banks Inc., Capmark Financial Group Inc. and Hampton Roads Bancshares Inc. Poelker also served as Chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable’s CFO Council from 2002 to 2005.