McRae has been with Synovus, f/k/a Commercial Bank and Trust Bank for 39 years, joining the bank as Vice President/Branch Manager in 1980. In 1985, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and was selected as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in 1990. He was promoted to President and CEO in 2009 and still serves in that capacity along with being Chairman of the Banks Advisory Board. McRae has served as Chairman of the LaGrange/Troup County Chamber of Commerce, President of the LaGrange Lions Club, President of Highland Country Club, Leadership Council of LaGrange College and LaGrange Heart Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Troup County Parks & Recreation Commission, Treasurer of THINC College & Career Academy, and on the Board of Trustees of LaGrange College. McRae is a 1980 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a BBA degree in Finance, and 1988 graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
He is married to Elizabeth Foster and they have four grown boys.
After graduate school, Jeffrey Brown joined Armstrong World Industries in Labor Relations/HR holding positions in Lancaster, PA; Pensacola, FL, Los Angeles, CA and back to Lancaster. After being there a year he was promoted to Manager Training and Development and conducted seminars for Armstrong customers around the country. Brown was named as one of six senior salesmen to a new division of Armstrong, Corporate Markets Sales Organization, based out of Dallas, TX respesenting all Armstrong products and services to all major home builders in the Southwest. During this time, he was named Salesman of the Year. In 1975, Brown was recruited by Milliken and Company and over a 6 year period had several promotions leading to Business Manager Contract.
Susan graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Accounting in 1977 and from Georgia State University with a Masters in Professional Accountancy in 1984. She is a CPA and President of J. K. Boatwright & Co., P. C. Currently, Susan is a member of LaGrange Lions Club, Junior Service League, serves on the Board of LaGrange Downtown Development Authority and is the Treasurer at First United Methodist Church where she also serves on the Altar Guild and chairs the Wedding Committee.
She is married to Bill Black and has two grown children and four grandchildren.
Curtis Brown, Jr. is the General Manager of Build The Crowd, LLC, a digital media company that produces and curates content for entrepreneurs. He is also a Director of the Institute for Civic Entrepreneurship, a non profit corporation that supports civic engagement through community crowdsourcing. In addition to his service on the Board of the Development Authority of LaGrange, he also serves as a Board Member for Three Rivers Regional Commission, Wellstar West Georgia Hospital, 100 Black Men of West Georgia, Trustbuilding, Inc. and the LaGrange College Leadership Council. Curtis is a native of Teaneck, NJ, has a BA, Economics from Morehouse College and an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
He is married to Dr. Shaundre Brown, and they are the proud parents of Curtis III and Sage.