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Charles J Thayer

Charles Thayer, a retired bank financial executive and corporate board member, has published numerous professional articles and books that provide practical guidance to bank executives and board members. 


He is now combining his financial experience with his personal travels and is writing the Paradox Murder Mystery Series featuring a retired bank auditor who investigates financial crimes that always include a murder. 


Charles and his wife, Molly, and their dog, Scupper, enjoy cruising in the Bahamas and along the east coast from Florida to Maine aboard their Duffy 37, a Maine built lobster boat with a custom interior.


Charles enjoyed a fifty-year career in the banking industry having served as an executive officer and as a board member of several banking institutions.


> Charles is Chairman of Chartwell Capital LLC.  Chartwell provides specialized advisory services to board members and executive management of commercial banks, corporations and institutional investment clients. 


> He served as Chairman of the American Association of Bank Directors [AABD] from 2007 until 2013 and served as Chairman Emeritus from 2013 until 2019.


> Thayer served as Lead Director of MainSource Financial Group [NASDAQ] in 2016, a $4.5 billion banking institution with locations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. He served on the MainSource board of directors from 2011 until May 2017. MainSource was acquired by First Financial [FFBC] in 2018.


> He was designated as a Board Leadership Fellow by The National Association of Corporate Directors [NACD] in 2016 and he served on the faculty for the NACD Masters Class.


> Thayer served on the board of trustees of the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Washington, DC, for 37 years, from 1980 until 2017.


> He served on the boards of Republic Bancshares [NASDAQ] and Republic Bank, one of Florida's largest independent commercial banks, from 1999 until Republic was acquired by BB&T Corporation in 2004.


> He served on the board of directors of CogenAmerica [NASDAQ], an independent power producer headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1996 until its sale to Calpine in 1999.


> Thayer served on the board of directors of Sunbeam Corporation [NYSE] from 1990 until 1997. In January 1993 he was elected Chairman & CEO of Sunbeam, providing interim management until the election of a new CEO in August 1993.


> Thayer had a twenty-year career in commercial banking prior to organizing Chartwell Capital in 1990. As Executive Vice President of PNC Financial [NYSE], Pittsburgh, he had management responsibility for finance, merger and acquisitions, investor relations, strategic planning, and he served as Chairman of PNC Securities Corp, PNC's capital markets subsidiary.


> Prior to its acquisition by PNC in 1986, Thayer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Citizens Fidelity [NASDAQ], Kentucky's largest banking institution.


> Thayer has written numerous articles for a variety of publications and is a frequent speaker at banking and corporate governance programs.