James H. Sills, III
President and CEO
James H. Sills, III has over 30 years of Banking and Technology Management experience. His background includes a unique combination of executive experience within large-scale banking operations, community banks, and government organizations.
Mr. Sills was recently named the President and CEO of Mechanics and Farmers Bank and M&F Bancorp, Inc. Prior to this position, Mr. Sills was appointed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell as the Cabinet Secretary and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Delaware, Department of Technology and Information in January 2009. Mr. Sills has been instrumental in leading the state in the following areas: IT consolidation, cloud computing technology, cyber security and various cost saving programs. Mr. Sills was responsible for providing strategic direction and management for information technology operations supporting over 34,000 end users. In 2014, Mr. Sills was selected IT Executive of the Year by Government Technology Magazine.
Prior to starting his own company in 2007, Mr. Sills was an Executive Vice President of MBNA America Bank (now Bank of America), the largest credit card institution in the world. In this capacity, he served as the Director of Corporate Technology Solutions for the $80 billion US Card Division.
Prior to relocating to Wilmington, Delaware in June of 2001, Mr. Sills served as the President and CEO of Memphis First Community Bank (now Landmark Community Bank) in Memphis, TN. Mr. Sills also served as the Chief Operating Officer for First Tuskegee Bank in Montgomery, AL.
Mr. Sills received a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin School of Banking.
Mr. Sills also serves on the Board of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce, Durham County Chamber of Commerce, Carolina Small Business Development Fund, (DDI) Downtown Durham, Inc., Duke University Chancellor Community Health Advisory Board, North Carolina Banking Association, ICBA Minority Banking Council and The NC A&T State University Board of Visitors.