PHILIP K. SMITH. Mr. Smith is the President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Memphis-based law firm of Gerrish McCreary Smith, PC, and its affiliated bank consulting firm, Gerrish McCreary Smith Consultants, LLC. Mr. Smith’s legal and consulting practice places special emphasis on bank mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis, acquisition and ownership planning for boards of directors, strategic planning for boards of directors, regulatory matters, bank holding company formations and use, securities law concerns, new bank formations, S-corporations, going private transactions, trust preferred securities and other matters of importance to banks and financial institutions. He is a frequent speaker to boards of directors and a presenter at numerous banking seminars. He received his undergraduate business degree and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Fogelman School of Business and Economics at The University of Memphis and his law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at The University of Memphis. He is the author of a monthly electronic newsletter, The Chairman’s Forum Newsletter, which discusses key topics impacting financial institutions. Mr. Smith is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Barret School of Banking where he has been a member of the faculty. He has also served as a member of the faculty of the Pacific Coast Banking School, the Colorado Graduate School of Banking, the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. Mr. Smith can be contacted at email@example.com.