Chief Executive Officer
Dynamic, dedicated, and driven, Kim Nelson's sales record speaks for itself. With more than 25 years’ experience as an award-winning sales executive, Kim has demonstrated phenomenal success driving billion-dollar sales growth and is a veritable leader at improving sales team performance. Kim's work ethic is highly regarded, and she is known by clients and business partners for her loyalty, tenacity, and unstoppable drive to succeed.
Kim has been named a "Phenomenon" by one of the nation's top speakers and sales trainers, 24-year industry veteran Doug Smith. After more than two decades of serving the mortgage industry and reaching annual production volume exceeding 1 billion, Kim's dream of owning her own business came to fruition in 2008 when she launched BankSouth Mortgage.
Since inception, BankSouth Mortgage has achieved over 1 billion in annual production volume and has earned the #1 spot for purchase market share and new construction purchase market share in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. In addition, the company has consistently been recognized as an Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Places to Work. With nine offices throughout Georgia, BankSouth Mortgage continues to grow and thrive.
In 2016, Nelson expanded her role and was named the Atlanta Market President of BankSouth. In this role, she is charged with running the bank’s Atlanta operations and strategically enhancing opportunities for relationship optimization between the bank and mortgage company. She was also recently named a 2016 “Woman Who Means Business” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for making a difference in her community, trail blazing for others, and leaving a mark on business in Atlanta. Kim continuously demonstrates unmatched vision, determination, and leadership and is a role model to the BankSouth family for her constant pursuit of excellence.
Nelson and her husband of 29 years have two children and reside in Buckhead.
Chief Operating Officer
A team player with over 20 years of proven professional success in the Atlanta mortgage banking industry, David has held senior level management and executive positions in risk management, secondary marketing, operations, project management, and production. He began his leadership career at Premier Lending Corporation and credits his success to the talented teams of staff and senior managers he has had the opportunity to work with throughout his career.
David is an Atlanta native, and outside of work, he can be found spending time with his wife Sara and their two daughters. He also enjoys reading and traveling.
Senior Vice President, Retail Production
Greg Hart entered the mortgage industry in 1999 where he began his career as a financial analyst in the commercial loan serving industry. He then transitioned into residential lending in 2002. In 2005, Greg was named one of the top 200 residential loan officers in the nation by Mortgage Originator Magazine. He became a producing production manager in 2006 and most recently was the producing branch manager in Atlanta for 3 offices of a nationally recognized mortgage company. In addition, he holds the Mortgage Banker Association's Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) Designation, the highest professional designation available for a residential mortgage banker. Greg’s innate talents of problem solving, creativity, and leadership coupled with his level of experience and expertise allow him to successfully and dynamically lead the loan production department of BankSouth Mortgage. Greg is a graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He is married to his beautiful wife, Kelly, and has three wonderful children, Lilly, Russell, and Gregory.
Senior Vice President, Retail Production
With over 25 years in the mortgage industry, Liz Taylor has earned a reputation for making customers feel comfortable and confident in her knowledge and ability to get the job done. Liz joined BankSouth Mortgage in July 2012 as a top loan originator and producing production manager. Together with her team, Liz continued her focus on ensuring clients and agents enjoyed a well-rounded transaction and a seamless closing. Liz specializes in a wide range of loan options, including new construction, VA, first-time and move-up buyers. Liz’s passion for the mortgage industry is rooted in her desire to help her clients achieve the dream of homeownership. In addition to being recognized by employers as a top producer, Liz has received numerous awards for excellence in mortgage banking by the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia (MBAG). Liz’s unparalleled vision of the mortgage industry set her apart as a true industry leader. Drawing on her experience as a producing production manager, Liz recently accepted the position of Senior Vice President, Retail Production. This positon will showcase many of Liz’s strengths, including sales training, alliance development and employee retention. Liz and her husband Greg are longtime residents of the Southside of Atlanta and currently live in College Park, where their son Jesse attends Woodward Academy.
Senior Vice President, Director of Builder Services
Theresa Garcia is a seasoned mortgage banker with more than 30 years in the finance industry. Recognized as an industry leader, Theresa specializes in a wide range of areas, including new construction, first-time and move-up buyers. Her extensive knowledge of the mortgage process, along with her passion for assisting her clients with achieving the joy of homeownership, served as the foundation for her business practice. Described by her peers as a true leader, Theresa has demonstrated a genuine understanding of what it takes to motivate others and achieve consistent success. Driven by the desire to match BankSouth Mortgage to new and established builders, Theresa recently accepted the position of Senior Vice President, Director of Builder Services. This position highlights many of Theresa’s strengths, including sales training, marketing, business development and client retention. Theresa lives in Woodstock, GA and enjoys gardening, sports and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Vice President Closing/Post Closing/Disclosure Review
Focus and dedication to getting the job done are just two defining characteristics that have been key components in Doug's mortgage career. Beginning as a processor (to Kim Nelson) in 1988 was the first step in becoming a successful Mortgage Bankers of Georgia Loan Originator Gold Award winner year after year for both volume and units. Joining BankSouth Mortgage in January 2009 as a Mortgage Loan Originator, Doug originated loans until his transition from production to operations in the fall of 2011.
As BankSouth Mortgage’s SVP of the Disclosure Review, Closing and Post-Closing departments, Doug immediately manages 20+ staff members dedicated to insure a smooth, friendly, proficient and profitable experience (from Initial Disclosures to the delivery of Final Documents), to both internal and external customers alike.
Doug is an Atlanta native, has served on a couple of different HOA boards, served 6 years in the Georgia Air National Guard and currently resides in Atlanta's West Midtown.
Senior Vice President, Operations Manager
To keep its internal wheels in motion and the trains running on time, BankSouth Mortgage relies on Angela Bauknecht, its senior vice president and operations manager. Angela possesses more than 20 years of mortgage lending and operations experience, including one of her first position as a loan processor for Sun America Mortgage. As BankSouth Mortgage’s operations manager, Angela oversees BankSouth Mortgage’s operations staff of 50+ individuals, including loan processors, underwriters and underwriting liaisons, and set-up assistants. Angela is also responsible for staffing, training, and productivity.
Prior to her tenure at BankSouth Mortgage, Angela served as the regional operations manager for SunTrust Mortgage, where she managed SunTrust Atlanta retail operations staff across multiple office locations. While at SunTrust, Angela also managed the processing of an average of 500 loans for approximately $140 million per month, consistently remaining in the top five of 20+ divisions for productivity. During her career, Angela has also held additional positions in operations and processing at SunTrust, as well as at Sun America Mortgage, which was purchased by SunTrust in 2003 and officially changed its name in 2007.
Angela is graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in real estate and minors in mathematics and psychology. Angela and her husband, Garth, live in Marietta and have two grown children, one finishing college and one finishing gradute school.
Chief Accounting Officer
Mike Sleeth is the man at the financial helm of BankSouth Mortgage. As CAO, Mike is responsible for BankSouth Mortgage’s financial reporting/auditing, loan operations, and loan servicing. Mike brings more than 40 years of financial management experience, beginning his career locally as vice president and controller of Decatur Federal Saving & Loan Association. Since then, Mike has been entrusted with managing the financial health and direction of banks and mortgage companies throughout the Southeast.
Prior to his tenure at BankSouth Mortgage, Mike served as chief financial officer for a number of financial institutions, including Embassy National Bank, Alpha Bank & Trust, BancMortgage Financial Corp., Premier Lending Corp./Premier Bank, and Mt. Vernon Savings Bank.
Mike is also a certified public accountant and serves as an instructor for the Institute of Financial Education for Thrift Institutions. He is also a past president of the Atlanta chapter of the Financial Managers Forum of Financial Institutions and has been involved in his community as past presidents of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta and the Hartridge Swim and Tennis Association.
Chief Compliance Officer
Jim Bedsole has over thirty years of experience in managing bank risk, regulatory compliance, auditing, security, and corporate governance with both regional and community banks. He was an early pioneer in the use of Internet resources for effective compliance management and in Internet banking compliance requirements. He is a 1986 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He is also a graduate of the ABA National Graduate School of Compliance Management. He is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager, Certified Bank Auditor, Certified Financial Services Auditor & Certified Anti-Money Laundering & Fraud Professional. Jim is a frequent speaker on the topics of compliance, risk management, consumer protection regulations, auditing, and Internet banking regulation. He is the Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association Compliance Committee and Vice Chairman of the GBA Compliance School Board. He also currently serves on the faculty of the GBA Compliance School. He has previously served as co-chair of the ABA Enterprise Risk Management Working Group for Community Banks and on the ABA Risk Management Forum Advisory Committee. He is a former chairman of the SC Bankers Association Compliance and Regulatory Committee and former chairman of the SC Bankers Association Disaster Recovery Committee. He has served on the faculty of the ABA National Compliance School and the NC School of Banking. He is a "BOL Guru" with BankersOnline.com, providing expert services to bankers throughout the country. He has authored articles appearing in both regional and national publications, including ABA Bank Compliance Magazine, Palmetto Banker and numerous Internet web sites. He is also an active private pilot with an instrument rating.