M. Lynn Cooper

Chairman and Founder

Career Summary

Broad-based experience and accomplishments with responsibilities for profitability, asset quality and growth in financial institutions ranging in size from less than $100 million to an $8 billion multi-bank holding company. Responsibilities included setting and monitoring goals and objectives for staff, maintaining high morale, and developing leadership for the company banks. Areas of specific knowledge and strengths include:

  • Merger and Acquisitions
  • Management and Leadership
  • Board of Director Relationships
  • Staff Motivation
  • Sales Management
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Management Presentations
  • Team Building
  • Organizational Development

Recognition, Accomplishments and Awards

  • Kentucky Jaycees - Outstanding Young Man of Kentucky
  • Who’s Who of Bank Executives in the United States
  • Honorary Secretary of State of Kentucky
  • Published article – “Customer Service and Retention,” Community Banker Magazine, June, 1996


With over 40 years in the banking industry, Cooper has had roles from CEO at the age of 28 of a community bank to EVP of an $8 billion bank holding company. He currently is the owner of his own bank consulting firm and is an active partner with The Newburgh Group.


Education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, Advanced banking degree from LSU School of Banking of the South, a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Evansville and a former instructor at the Kentucky Banker’s Kentucky School of Banking.