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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K/A

(Amendment No 1)

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2011

GREEN BANKSHARES, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Tennessee   0-14289   62-12222567

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

100 North Main Street

Greeneville, Tennessee 37743-4992

(Address of principal executive offices)

(423) 639-5111

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Common Stock, no par value

(Title of class)

NASDAQ Global Select Market

(Name of each exchange on which registered)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment of this Form 10-K.  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes  ¨    No  x

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant on June 30, 2011, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $32 million. For purposes of this calculation, the term “affiliate” refers to all directors, executive officers and 10% shareholders of the registrant.

As of April 27, 2012 there were 133,160,384 shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock, $0.01 par value.

 

 

 


NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this Amendment No. 1 to Annual Report on Form 10-K that are not descriptions of historical facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of risk factors including those described in our Form 10-K and information incorporated by reference. If any of these risks or other risks which have not been identified or which we may believe are immaterial or unlikely, actually occur, our business, financial condition and results or operations could be harmed. This could cause the price of our stock to decline and shareholders could lose part or all of their investment.

PARTS III AND IV

Certain information required by Part III was omitted from the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed on April 9, 2012 (the “Annual Report”) because at the time the Company intended to file a definitive proxy statement for its 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Proxy Statement”) within 120 days after the end of its fiscal year pursuant to Regulation 14A promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Because the Company no longer intends to file the definitive proxy statement within such 120 day period, the omitted information is filed herewith and provided below as required. In addition, in connection with the filing of this amendment and pursuant to the rules of the SEC, we are including in this amendment certain currently dated certifications. Accordingly, Item 15 of Part IV has also been amended to reflect the filing of these currently dated certifications.

This Amendment makes reference to the date of the Annual Report, and the Company has not updated or amended the disclosures contained herein to reflect events that have occurred since the filing of the Annual Report, or modified or updated the disclosures contained in the Annual Report in any way other than as specifically set forth in this Amendment. Accordingly, this Amendment should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report and other filings made by the Company with the SEC subsequent thereto.

GREEN BANKSHARES, INC.

Form 10-K/A for the Year Ended December 31, 2011

INDEX

 

PART III

    

Item 10.

  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance      3   

Item 11.

  Executive Compensation      6   

Item 12.

  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management, and Related Stockholder Matters      12   

Item 13.

  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence      13   

Item 14.

  Principal Accounting Fees and Services      15   

PART IV

    

Item 15.

  Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules      17   
  Signatures      21   

 

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PART III

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

On September 7, 2011, pursuant to an agreement with North American Financial Holdings, Inc. (“NAFH”) (the “Investment Agreement”), the Company issued and sold to NAFH 119,900,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for aggregate consideration of $217,019,000 (the “Investment”). NAFH’s funds for the Investment came from its working capital. As a result of the Investment, NAFH currently owns approximately 90% of the voting securities of the Company. Upon closing of the Investment, R. Eugene Taylor, NAFH’s Chief Executive Officer, Christopher G. Marshall, NAFH’s Chief Financial Officer, and R. Bruce Singletary, NAFH’s Chief Risk Officer, were named as the Company’s CEO, CFO and CRO, respectively, and as members of the Company’s Board of Directors. In addition, the Company’s Board of Directors was reconstituted with a combination of the three aforementioned executive officers, two existing members (Martha M. Bachman and Samuel E. Lynch) and two additional NAFH-designated members (Peter N. Foss and William A. Hodges).

On January 11, 2012, NAFH changed its name to Capital Bank Financial Corp. (“CBF”).

As the Company’s controlling shareholder, CBF has the power to control the election of the Company’s directors, determine our corporate and management policies and determine the outcome of any corporate transaction or other matter submitted to the Company’s shareholders for approval. CBF also has sufficient voting power to amend the Company’s organizational documents. In addition, five of our seven directors, including our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer, and our Chief Risk Officer are affiliated with CBF.

Our Board of Directors is not divided into separate classes and each member is elected by our shareholders annually for a one-year term. Each director and executive officer will hold office until his death, resignation, retirement, removal, disqualification, or until his successor is elected (or appointed) and qualified.

Nominations of Directors

The Company does not have a nominating committee or a nominating committee charter. The Board of Directors has decided against establishing a nominating committee because its policy is to have the full Board of Directors perform the functions that might otherwise be performed by such a committee.

In identifying candidates for the Company’s Board of Directors, the directors consider the composition of the board, the operating requirements of the Company and the long-term interests of the Company’s shareholders. In conducting this assessment, the directors consider diversity, age, skills, and such other factors as they deem appropriate given the current needs of the board and the Company to maintain a balance of knowledge, experience and capability. The directors believe that candidates for director should have certain minimum qualifications, including being able to read and understand basic financial statements, having business experience, and having high moral character; however, they retain the right to modify these minimum qualifications from time to time. Although the Company has not adopted a formal policy with regard to the consideration of diversity in identifying candidates for the Board of Directors, the directors do consider diversity in business, industry and professional experience, differences of viewpoint, education, specific skills and perspectives. The directors believe that the consideration of diversity as a factor in selecting members of the Board of Directors will enable the Company to create an assorted Board of Directors that effectively serves the needs of the Company and the interests of its shareholders. With respect to directors who are nominated for re-election, the directors also consider the director’s previous contributions to the Board of Directors.

Set forth below are the names and other information pertaining to the Board of Directors and Principal Executive Officers at December 31, 2011:

 

Name

  

Position with Company

  

Age

  

Year First Elected Director

R. Eugene Taylor (1)

  

President, Chief Executive Officer

and Chairman of the Board

   64    2011

Christopher G. Marshall (1)

  

Executive Vice President, Chief

Financial Officer and Director

   52    2011

R. Bruce Singletary (1)

  

Executive Vice President, Chief

Risk Officer and Director

   61    2011

Martha M. Bachman (2)

   Director    57    2005

Peter N. Foss (2)

   Director    68    2011

William A. Hodges (2)

   Director    63   

2011

Samuel E. Lynch (2)

   Director    52    2008

 

(1) Member of Executive Committee
(2) Member of Audit Committee

 

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R. Eugene Taylor. Mr. Taylor has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors and as our Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Mr. Taylor spent 38 years at Bank of America Corp. and its predecessor companies, most recently as the Vice Chairman of the firm and President of Global Corporate & Investment Banking. Mr. Taylor also served on Bank of America’s Risk & Capital and Management Operating Committees. He originally joined Bank of America in 1969 as a credit analyst. He served in branch offices, marketing and management positions across North Carolina and Florida. In 1990, Mr. Taylor was named President of the Florida Bank and, in 1993, President of NationsBank Corp. in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 1998, Mr. Taylor was appointed to lead Consumer and Commercial Banking operations in the legacy Bank of America Western U.S. footprint. He subsequently returned to Charlotte, North Carolina to create a national banking unit and, in 2001, was named President of Bank of America Consumer & Commercial Banking. In 2004, Mr. Taylor assumed responsibility for the organization’s combined commercial banking businesses known as Global Business & Financial Services, before being named Vice Chairman of Bank of America and President of Global Corporate & Investment Banking in 2005. Most recently, Mr. Taylor served as a Senior Advisor at Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Taylor serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Bank, N.A. and CBF as well as Capital Bank Corporation and TIB Financial Corp., two other bank holding companies in which CBF has a majority interest. Mr. Taylor is a Florida native and received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. Mr. Taylor brings to our Board of Directors valuable and extensive experience from managing and overseeing a broad range of operations during his tenure at Bank of America. His experience in leadership roles and activities in the Southeast qualifies him to serve as the Chairman of our Board of Directors.

Christopher G. Marshall. Mr. Marshall has served as our Chief Financial Officer since 2011. From May to October 2009, Mr. Marshall served as a Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer at GMAC, Inc. From July 2008 through March 2009, he also served as an advisor to The Blackstone Group L.P., providing advice and analysis for potential investments in the banking sector. From 2006 through 2008 Mr. Marshall served as the Chief Financial Officer of Fifth Third Bancorp. Mr. Marshall served as Chief Operations Executive of Bank of America’s Global Consumer and Small Business Bank from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Marshall also served as Bank of America’s Chief Financial Officer of the Consumer Products Group from 2003 to 2004, Chief Operating Officer of Technology and Operations from 2002 to 2003 and Chief Financial Officer of Technology and Operations from 2001 to 2002. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Marshall served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Honeywell International Inc. Global Business Services from 1999 to 2001, where he was a key member of the integration team for the merger with AlliedSignal Inc., overseeing the integration of all finance, information technology and corporate and administrative functions. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Chief Financial Officer of AlliedSignal Technical Services Corporation. Prior to that, from 1987 to 1995, Mr. Marshall held several managerial positions at TRW, Inc. Mr. Marshall serves as a director and Chief Financial Officer of Capital Bank, N.A. and CBF, as well as Capital Bank Corporation and TIB Financial Corp., two other bank holding companies in which CBF has a majority interest. Mr. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

R. Bruce Singletary. Mr. Singletary has served as our Chief Risk Officer since 2011. Mr. Singletary spent 32 years at Bank of America and its predecessor companies with the last 19 years in various credit risk roles. Mr. Singletary originally joined C&S National Bank as a credit analyst in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974. He served in various middle market line and credit functions. In 1991, Mr. Singletary was named Senior Credit Policy Executive of C&S Sovran, which was renamed NationsBank Corp. in January 1992 after its acquisition by North Carolina National Bank, for the geographic areas of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Singletary led the credit function of NationsBank Corp. from 1992 to 1998 alongside Mr. Taylor, who served as President of this region from 1993 to 1998. In 1998, Mr. Singletary relocated to Florida to establish a centralized underwriting function to serve middle market commercial clients in the southeastern region of the United States. In 2000, Mr. Singletary assumed credit responsibility for Bank of America’s middle market leveraged finance portfolio for the eastern half of the United States. In 2004, Mr. Singletary served as Senior Risk Manager for commercial banking for Bank of America’s Florida Bank. Mr. Singletary serves as a director and Chief Risk Officer of Capital Bank, N.A. and CBF, as well as Capital Bank Corporation and TIB Financial Corp., two other bank holding companies in which CBF has a majority interest. Mr. Singletary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.

 

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Martha M. Bachman. Ms. Bachman has served as a director of Green Bankshares, Inc. and Capital Bank, N.A. since 2005. Ms. Bachman began her professional career in 1980 as an owner/co-owner of a successful retail, non-public company in Northeast Tennessee which was sold in 2007. She currently provides financial consulting to her family’s other personal enterprises including rental properties, investments and other holdings. Ms. Bachman’s family has been closely affiliated with the Green Bankshares, Inc. for over two generations which provides a strong historical connection between the local community and Capital Bank. Ms. Bachman has extensive experience as a successful business owner and also provides the Board with expertise in matters relating to the retail industry.

Peter N. Foss. Mr. Foss has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Foss has been President of the General Electric Company’s Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Accounts since 2003. In addition, Mr. Foss is General Manager for Enterprise Selling, with additional responsibilities for Sales Force Effectiveness and Corporate Sales Programs. He has been with GE for 32 years and, prior to his current position, served for six years as the President of GE Polymerland, a commercial organization representing GE Plastics in the global marketplace. Prior to GE Polymerland, Mr. Foss served in various commercial roles in the company, including introducing LEXAN® film in the 1970s, was the Market Development Manager on the ULTEM® introduction team in 1982. He has also served as the Regional General Manager for four of the GE Plastics regions, including leading the GE Plastics effort in Mexico in the mid-1990s. Mr. Foss serves as a director of CBF and as a director of TIB Financial Corp. and Capital Bank Corporation, two other subsidiary bank holding companies in which CBF has a majority interest. Mr. Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston. Mr. Foss’ extensive managerial and sales experience qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors. His experience assists us in developing plans to expand and energize our sales and marketing activities.

William A. Hodges. Mr. Hodges has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Hodges has been President and Owner of LKW Properties LLC, a Charlotte-based residential land developer and homebuilder, since 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Hodges worked for over 30 years in various functions at Bank of America and its predecessors. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Chairman of Bank of America’s Capital Commitment Committee. Mr. Hodges served as Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets from 1998 to 2004 and as Managing Director and Head of the Real Estate Finance Group from 1996 to 1998. Prior to Bank of America’s merger with NationsBank Corp., he served as Washington, D.C. Market President and Head of MidAtlantic Commercial Banking for NationsBank Corp. from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Hodges began his career at North Carolina National Bank, where he worked for 20 years in various roles, including Chief Credit Officer of Florida operations and as manager of the Real Estate Banking and Special Assets Groups. Mr. Hodges serves as a director of CBF and as a director of TIB Financial Corp. and Capital Bank Corporation, two other subsidiary bank holding companies in which CBF has a majority interest. Mr. Hodges earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Georgia State University. Mr. Hodges’s substantial experience in the banking and real estate sectors qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

Samuel E. Lynch. Dr. Lynch has served as a director of Green Bankshares, Inc. since 2008. Dr. Lynch is founder of BioMimetic and has been its President, CEO and a director since inception in 1999. BioMimetic is a public biotechnology company utilizing purified recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor (rhPDGF-BB) in combination with tissue specific matrices as its primary technology platform for promotion of tissue healing and regeneration. He also served as chairman of the board of BioMimetic from inception until August 2005. Dr. Lynch has spent his career in health care management, product development, and earlier in academic medicine/dentistry, including research and patient care. He received his Doctorate of Medical Sciences and Specialty in Periodontology from the Harvard Medical and Dental Schools, respectively, as well as a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He has published and lectured extensively worldwide and is a co-inventor of BioMimetic’s technologies. Dr. Lynch’s experience as the president and chief executive officer of a registered public company offers the Board management experience, leadership capabilities, financial knowledge and business acumen.

Shareholder Communications

The Company’s shareholders may communicate directly with the members of the Board of Directors or the individual Chairperson of standing board committees by writing directly to those individuals at Capital Bank Corporation, 333 Fayetteville Street, Suite 700, Raleigh, NC 27601. The Company’s general policy is to forward, and not to intentionally screen, any mail received at the Company’s corporate office that is sent directly to an individual unless the Company believes the communication may pose a security risk.

 

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Code of Ethics

The Company’s Board of Directors has adopted a code of business conduct and ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) that applies to all of the Company’s directors, officers and employees, including its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, and persons performing similar functions. The Code of Ethics is available at www.capitalbank-us.com or free of charge upon written request to Nancy A. Snow, Capital Bank Corporation, 333 Fayetteville Street, Suite 700, Raleigh, NC 27601. If we amend or grant any waiver from a provision of our Code of Ethics that applies to our executive officers, we will publicly disclose such amendment or waiver as required by applicable law, including by posting such amendment or waiver on our website at www.capitalbank-us.com or by filing a Current Report on Form 8-K.

Report of the Audit Committee

In accordance with its written Charter (which is available on the Company’s corporate website located at www.capitalbank-us.com), the Audit Committee supervises the quality and integrity of the accounting, auditing and financial reporting practices of the Company on behalf of the Board. Management has the primary responsibility for preparing the consolidated financial statements and managing the reporting process, including the system of internal controls. As required by the Audit Committee Charter, each Audit Committee member satisfies the independence and financial literacy requirements for serving on the Audit Committee, and at least one member has accounting or related financial management expertise, all as stated in the rules of Nasdaq. In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, the Audit Committee discussed and reviewed the audited consolidated financial statements in the Annual Report with management, including a discussion of the quality, not just the acceptability, of the accounting principles, the reasonableness of significant judgments, and the clarity of disclosures in the financial statements of the Company.

The Audit Committee discussed and reviewed with the independent registered public accounting firm, who are responsible for expressing an opinion on the conformity of the audited consolidated financial statements with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, their judgments as to the quality, not just the acceptability, of the Company’s accounting principles and such other matters as are required to be discussed with the Audit Committee by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 90 ( Communication with Audit Committees).

In discharging its responsibility for the audit process, the Audit Committee obtained from the independent accountants a letter describing all relationships between the accounting firm and the Company that might bear on the accounting firm’s independence required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent accounting firm’s communications with the audit committee concerning independence. The Audit Committee also discussed with the accounting firm any relationships that might impact their objectivity and independence and satisfied itself as to the accounting firm’s independence, and considered the compatibility of nonaudit services with the accounting firm’s independence.

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

CBF now controls more than 50% of the Company’s voting power and, as a result, the Company qualifies as a “controlled company” as defined in Rule 5615(c)(1) of The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. Marketplace Rules (the “Marketplace Rules”). Therefore, as of September 7, 2011, the Company is exempt from the requirements of Rule 5605(b)(1) of the Marketplace Rules with respect to the Company Board being comprised of a majority of “Independent Directors,” as defined by Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Marketplace Rules, and Rules 5605(d) and 5605(e) of the Marketplace Rules covering the independence of directors serving on the Compensation Committee and the Governance & Nominating Committee of the Company Board, respectively. As of the closing of the Investment on September 7, 2011, the Company no longer has a compensation committee and the Compensation Committee of CBF’s Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) oversees compensation, policies and benefit plans for the Company’s executive officers.

The Compensation Discussion and Analysis, which we refer to herein as the “CD&A,” describes the Company’s executive compensation philosophy, components and policies, including analysis of the compensation earned by the Company’s named executive officers as detailed in the accompanying tables. Our discussion focuses on compensation and practices relating to our most recently completed fiscal year.

Named Executive Officers

Effective as of the closing of the Investment on September 7, 2011, the Company’s new executive officers are the following: R. Eugene Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer; Christopher G. Marshall, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and R. Bruce Singletary, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. These individuals have not entered into employment agreements with the Company and are therefore at-will employees. None of the new executive officers receive compensation or are entitled to benefits directly from the Company, and the Company does not maintain any plans, programs or arrangements that provide change in control benefits to any of Mr. Taylor, Mr. Marshall or Mr. Singletary. The compensation of these executives is paid directly by CBF. During 2011, no amount of base salary, bonus or other compensation was paid to these executives by the Company. A portion of the base salaries and incentive compensation paid to these individuals by CBF for their service to the Company was allocated for the purpose of the disclosures herein.

 

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The executive officers of the Company prior to the Investment, including the named executive officers set forth below, participated in plans and programs of the Company during the portion of 2011 prior to the Investment.

The following executives were our named executive officers for 2011:

 

Name

  

Position

R. Eugene Taylor

   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher G. Marshall

   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

R. Bruce Singletary

   Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Stephen M. Rownd

   Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and current Market President for Tennessee of Capital Bank

Kenneth R. Vaught

   Former Director, President and Chief Banking Officer

Michael J. Fowler

   Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and current Senior Vice President of Capital Bank

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

The Company is committed to maintaining an executive compensation program that will contribute to the achievement of the Company’s business objectives. For 2011, the Company had an executive compensation program that:

 

  fulfilled the Company’s business and operating needs, conformed with its general human resource strategies and enhanced shareholder value; and

 

  enabled the Company to attract and retain the executive talent essential to the Company’s achievement of its short-term and long-term business objectives while balancing the need to consider weak economic conditions and the Company’s financial performance in compensation decisions.

The Company’s objective is to pay its executives and other employees at rates that enable the Company to maintain a highly competent and productive staff. The Compensation Committee evaluated both performance and compensation to ensure that the Company maintains its ability to attract and retain superior employees in key positions, and that compensation provided to key employees remains competitive relative to the compensation paid to similarly situated executives of our peer companies.

Executive Compensation

In light of the economic challenges facing the Company, the Compensation Committee determined that the compensation of the named executive officers should be provided primarily in the form of base salary and that incentive compensation should be limited.

Base Salary. Base salary is designed to compensate executives based upon their experience, duties and scope of responsibility, and retain employees with a proven track record of performance. Salaries for executive positions are established using the same process as for other positions and job levels within the Company, that is, by systematically evaluating the position and assigning a salary based on comparisons with pay scales for similar positions in reasonably comparable institutions. The Compensation Committee determined not to make any adjustments to 2010 base salaries at that time, which have continued to be the base salaries for the named executive officers in 2011.

Messrs. Taylor, Marshall and Singletary’s base salary was determined in connection with the founding and initial private offering of North American Financial Holdings (the predecessor to CBF) in December 2009 and their base salaries have not changed since that time.

Annual Bonus. As noted above, Messrs. Taylor, Marshall and Singletary receive compensation, including an annual bonus, from CBF. The 2011 annual bonus was determined by the Compensation Committee based on the performance of CBF and of the individual named executive officer during 2011. The Compensation Committee awarded ach of Mr. Taylor, Mr. Marshall and Mr. Singletary 100% of their annual target bonus for 2011, which, in each case, was 100% of their individual annual base salary.

 

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Summary Compensation Table

The table below summarizes the total compensation paid or earned by each of the named executive officers for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2011.

 

                                        Change in              
                                        Pension              
                                        Value and              
                                  Non-Equity     Nonqualified              
                                  Incentive     Deferred              
                      Stock     Option     Plan     Compensation     All Other        
Name and Principal         Salary     Bonus     Awards     Awards     Compensation     Earnings     Compensation        

Position (1)

  Year     ($)     ($)     ($) (2)     ($) (2)     ($)     ($)     ($)     Total  

R. Eugene Taylor (3)

Chairman of the Board and

Chief Executive Officer

    2011      $ 27,083      $ 27,083      $ 290,511      $ 229,892      $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 574,569   

Christopher G. Marshall (3)

Chief Financial Officer

    2011      $ 18,250      $ 18,250      $ 108,942      $ 86,209      $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 231,651   

R. Bruce Singletary (3)

Chief Risk Officer

    2011      $ 12,500      $ 12,500      $ 72,628      $ 57,473      $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 155,101   

Stephen M. Rownd

Former Chairman of the Board

Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company and the Bank

   
 
2011
2010
  
  
  $
 
400,000
301,988
  
  
  $

 

—  

—  

  

  

  $
 
50,000
149,997
  
  
 

 

 

 

—  

 

  

 

 

 

 

—  

 

  

 

 

 

 

—  

 

  

  $
 
26,255
14,430
  
  
  $
 
476,255
466,415
  
  

Kenneth R. Vaught

Former Director, President and

Chief Banking Officer of the Company and the Bank

   
 
2011
2010
  
  
  $
 
176,289
267,000
  
  
  $

 

—  

—  

  

  

  $

 

—  

—  

  

  

  $

 

—  

—  

  

  

  $

 

—  

—  

  

  

  $

 

—  

—  

  

  

  $
 
107,820
112,160
  
  
  $
 
284,109
379,160
  
  

Michael J. Fowler

Former Senior Vice President,

Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Bank

    2011      $ 166,667      $ —        $ 75,000      $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 6,820      $ 248,487   

 

1. Messrs. Taylor, Marshall and Singletary were appointed these positions as of the closing of CBF’s Investment on September 7, 2011. Mr. Rownd was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank on March 31, 2010, was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and the Bank on April 30, 2010, and was appointed President of the Company and the Bank on August 9, 2011. Mr. Vaught served as Director, President and Chief Banking Officer of the Company and the Bank until leaving the Company on August 9, 2011. Mr. Fowler was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Bank on May 16, 2011. Effective as of the closing of the Investment, Mr. Rownd was appointed the Market President for Tennessee of Capital Bank and Mr. Fowler was appointed a Senior Vice President of Capital Bank.
2. Amounts listed in the “Stock Awards” and “Option Awards” columns reflect the full grant date fair value of the award received. For a further discussion of these awards, see Note 15 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
3. None of the compensation paid to Messrs. Taylor, Marshall and Singletary is paid by the Company. The base salary, annual bonus, stock awards and option awards are paid by CBF. The portion disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table reflect the portion of compensation that is allocable to their services to the Company.

 

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All Other Compensation

The following table sets forth each component of the “All Other Compensation” column of the Summary Compensation Table for 2011

 

            Amounts                
            Accrued                
     Directors      under      Temporary         
     Fees Paid or      Non-Compete      Living         

Name

   Earned      Agreement      Expenses      Total  

Stephen M. Rownd

   $ 16,620       $ —         $ 9,635       $ 26,255   

Kenneth R. Vaught

     16,080         91,740         —           107,820   

Michael J. Fowler

     —           —           6,820         6,820   

Annual Incentive Plan. The Company previously maintained an Annual Incentive Plan, that was intended to compensate executive officers for specific achievements on behalf of the Company’s performance and their individual achievements, encourage the retention of key executives and other officers, and align the executive officers’ interests with those of the Company’s shareholders. The Board suspended the Annual Incentive Plan for 2011 due to deteriorating economic conditions and the difficulty such economic conditions would present in determining performance metrics and goals.

Non-Compete Agreement

The Company entered into a non-compete agreement with Mr. Vaught in 2004, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide certain retirement benefits upon Mr. Vaught’s ceasing to be employed by the Company. In connection with Mr. Vaught’s termination of employment with the Company in August, 2011, the Company offered annual payments of $84,924 over a ten-year period (beginning after Mr. Vaught attains age 50) pursuant to the non-competition agreement. Mr. Vaught rejected the offer and elected to take legal action against the Company seeking enhanced “change in control” benefits under the agreement. Certain matters relating to the non-compete agreement remain in dispute, including whether the non-compete agreement remains in effect, is enforceable and whether any payments at all are due to Mr. Vaught. No other named executive officer has entered into a non-compete agreement with the Company.

Employment Agreements

The Company entered into an employment agreement with Kenneth R. Vaught in December 2007 (the “Employment Agreement”), which agreement replaced the prior employment agreement with Mr. Vaught. Under the terms of the Employment Agreement, Mr. Vaught was entitled to an initial base salary of $237,000 as well as director fees for service on the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ boards of directors, life insurance, participation in Company-sponsored benefit plans, including equity-based plans and cash incentive plans, other fringe benefits and, where applicable, severance and change in control benefits.

As noted above, Mr. Vaught’s employment with the Company terminated in August 2011 and, as a result of the Company’s outstanding obligations under the Capital Purchase Program (“CPP”) at the time that Mr. Vaught’s employment was terminated, the Company was prohibited by the terms of EESA, including the June 2009 IFR, from making severance or change of control payment to Mr. Vaught. Accordingly, Mr. Vaught was not entitled to any severance or change in control benefits upon his termination of employment with the Company in August 2011.

No other named executive officer has an individual employment agreement with the Company. However, Mr. Taylor has entered into an employment agreement with CBF, which provides for base salary, annual bonus opportunity, as well as severance in the event of a termination of his employment with CBF.

 

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Perquisites and Other Personal Benefits

Perquisites and other personal benefits represent a small part of the Company’s overall compensation package, and are offered only after consideration of business need. The Company provides executive officers with perquisites and other personal benefits that the Company believes to be reasonable and consistent with its overall compensation program to better enable the Company to attract and retain superior employees for key positions.

Personal benefits offered to executives serve a different purpose than do the other elements of executive compensation. In general, they are designed to provide a safety net of protection against the financial catastrophes that can result from illness, disability or death. Personal benefits offered to executives are largely those that are offered to the general employee population, with some variation primarily to promote tax efficiency.

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

There were no outstanding Equity Incentive Plan awards held by the named executive officers as of December 31, 2011.

Equity Awards under the Equity Incentive Plan. Equity compensation is intended to enhance the long-term proprietary interest in the Company on the part of the employee and others who can contribute to the Company’s overall success, and to increase the value of the Company to its shareholders. Under the Green Bankshares Inc. Equity Incentive Plan (the “Equity Incentive Plan”), the Board of Directors has the authority to grant stock options and restricted stock to any employee or director of the Company. Equity award levels are generally determined based on market data and vary among participants based on their positions within the Company. From time to time, the Board of Directors may grant an additional award to one or more employees based on special circumstances.

The Company awards equity grants without regard to any scheduled or anticipated release of material information. The Company does not accelerate or delay equity grants in response to material information, nor does it delay the disclosure of information due to plans to make equity grants.

No equity awards were granted to named executive officers in 2011, other than 24,155 shares of restricted stock awarded to Mr. Rownd on April 28, 2011 and 30,865 shares of restricted stock awarded to Mr. Fowler on May 17, 2011. The Equity Incentive Plan was terminated on February 21, 2012.

Options Exercises and Stock Vested in 2011

None of the Company’s named executive officers exercised any stock options during the year ended December 31, 2011. The following shares of restricted stock (with value in brackets) held by Messrs. Rownd, Vaught and Fowler vested in 2011.

 

   

Mr. Rownd: 42,537 shares ($51,570)

 

   

Mr. Vaught: 514 share ($1,928)

 

   

Mr. Fowler: 30,865 ($37,347)

Stock Ownership and Retention Guidelines. While the Company believes that its employees and executive officers should hold stock in the Company to better align their interests with those of our shareholders, the Company does not currently have any stock ownership or retention guidelines for its executive officers or employees.

Other Compensation Programs and Practices

Retirement Plans and Other Benefit Plans

401(k) Plan. The Green Bankshares 401(k) Retirement Plan (the “401(k) Plan”) is a tax-qualified retirement savings plan pursuant to which all employees, including the named executive officers, are able to contribute on a before-tax basis up to 20% of their annual salary or the limit prescribed by the Internal Revenue Service.

Historically the Company participated in the Safe Harbor Rule which guaranteed a 3% of eligible compensation contribution. Additionally, the Company would also historically provide a discretionary 3% contribution. All contributions are deposited into investment funds, including company stock, based on Plan participants’ directions. In July 2009, the Company contributions were suspended due to poor Company performance.

The option to select the Company’s stock as an investment in the 401(k) Plan was eliminated effective February 1, 2012.

 

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Deferred Compensation Plan

Mr. Vaught participated in a non-qualified deferred compensation plan maintained by the Company, pursuant to which Mr. Vaught could elect to defer a portion of his annual income. In connection with the termination of his employment, the Company paid Mr. Vaught a lump sum payment equal to $136,585 pursuant to the terms of the deferred compensation plan. No other named executive officer participates in the non-qualified deferred compensation plan maintained by the Company.

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change in Control

As of December 31, 2011, none of the named executive officers had arrangement or agreement for severance upon a termination of employment or payments on a change in control with the Company. As previously noted, Mr. Taylor’s employment agreement with CBF provides for severance upon a termination of employment CBF (with such severance payment to be made by CBF) and certain outstanding CBF equity awards held by Messrs. Taylor, Marshall and Singletary vest on a change in control.

Equity Compensation Plan Information

The following table provides information for all equity compensation plans of the Company (including individual arrangements) under which the Company is authorized to issue equity securities.

Equity Compensation Plans

 

Plan Category

   Number of Securities
To Be Issued upon Exercise

of Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights (1)
     Weighted Average
Exercise Price
of Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights
     Number of Securities
Remaining Available for
Future Issuance under
Equity Compensation Plans
(Excluding Securities Reflected
in First Column) (1)
 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders (2)

     340,594       $ 26.87         0 (2) 

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders (3)

     36,000         16.33         N/A   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     376,594       $ 25.86         0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) Refers to shares of Common Stock.
(2) The Equity Incentive Plan was terminated on February 21, 2012.
(3) R. Stan Puckett, who retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on March 31, 2010, was the sole participant under this plan, which was a part of Mr. Puckett’s employment agreement. This employment agreement was amended during 2005 to provide that future option grants to the key executive would be made at no less than fair market value on the date of grant in order to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

Director Compensation

Directors Fees: For the period from January 1, 2011 through September 7, 2011, all Directors of the Company received an annual retainer of $12,000 paid in equal quarterly installments paid in a combination of cash and Company stock. Directors also received fees for attending Board and Board Committee meetings for the Company and the Bank.

Following the closing of the CBF Investment on September 7, 2011, directors who are also employees of the Company receive no compensation in their capacities as directors. For the remainder of 2011, Ms. Bachman and Mr. Lynch continued to receive a $3,000 quarterly retainer as well as fees for attending Board and Board Committee meetings. For 2012, all outside directors receive an annual retainer fee of $30,000, if they attend at least 75% of the meetings of the Board, with no additional fees for attendance at Board or Board committee meetings.

Equity Compensation. The Company did not grant any option awards to its nonemployee directors during 2011. As of December 31, 2011, all options to purchase common stock held by the Company’s nonemployee directors were fully vested.

Other. Each of our current and former directors is also covered by director and officer liability insurance and each of our current directors is entitled to reimbursement for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in connection with meeting attendance.

The following table provides information related to the compensation of the Company’s nonemployee directors for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

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Director Compensation Table

 

Name

   Fees Earned
or Paid in
Cash (1)
     Stock
Awards
     Option
Awards
     Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
     Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings (2)
     All Other
Compensation
     Total  

Current Directors (3)

                    

Martha M. Bachman

   $ 20,245       $ 7,680       $ —         $ —         $ 2,890       $ —         $ 30,815   

Peter N. Foss

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —     

William A. Hodges

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —     

Samuel E. Lynch

     19,638         4,515         —           —           —           —           24,153   

Christopher G. Marshall

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —     

R. Bruce Singletary

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —     

R. Eugene Taylor

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —     

Former Directors

                    

Bruce Campbell

     15,168         4,155         —           —           —           —           19,323   

W.T. Daniels

     16,305         7,950         —           —           10,612         —           34,867   

Robert K. Leonard

     15,838         7,555         —           —           —           —           23,393   

Bill Mooningham

     17,250         8,860         —           —           —           —           26,110   

John Tolsma

     16,130         7,010         —           —           2,971         —           26,111   

Charles H. Whitfield

     15,568         7,075         —           —           4,357         —           27,000   

 

(1) The amounts shown are total fees earned, which were subject to deferral under the Directors’ Plan.
(2) Amounts represent the compensation cost recognized in 2010 in accordance with Topic 718 of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification for fees deferred under the Directors’ Plan.
(3) Effective as of the closing of the Investment, R. Eugene Taylor (Chairman), Peter N. Foss, William A. Hodges, Christopher G. Marshall and R. Bruce Singletary were appointed to the Board of Directors. Martha M. Bachman and Samuel E. Lynch, existing members of the Board of Directors, remained as such following the closing. All other members of the Board of Directors of the Company resigned effective September 7, 2011.

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS

The following table sets forth certain information as of April 27, 2012 regarding shares of Common Stock owned of record or known by the Company to be owned beneficially by (i) each director, (ii) each executive officer named in the Summary Compensation Table, (iii) all those known by the Company to beneficially own more than 5% of the Common Stock, and (iv) all directors and executive officers as a group. The persons listed below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of Common Stock owned by them, except to the extent that such power may be shared with a spouse or as otherwise set forth in the footnotes. The mailing address of Martha M. Bachman and Samuel E. Lynch and each of the named executive officers is in care of Green Bankshares’ address, which is 100 North Main Street, P.O. Box 1120, Greeneville, Tennessee 37743. The mailing address of the remaining directors is in care of Capital Bank Financial Corp.’s address, which is 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28201.

 

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The percentages shown below have been calculated based on 133,160,384 total shares of Common Stock outstanding as of April 27, 2012.

 

Name of Beneficial Owner

   Aggregate Number
of Shares Beneficially
Owned (1)
     Number of Shares
Acquirable within
60 Days (2)
     Percent of
Class
 

5% Shareholders

        

Capital Bank Financial Corp.

     119,900,000         —           90.04

Directors

        

Martha M. Bachman (3)

     895,488         —            

Peter N. Foss (4)

     —           —            

William A. Hodges (4)

     —           —            

Samuel E. Lynch

     5,368         —            

Christopher G. Marshall (5)

     119,900,000         —           90.04

R. Bruce Singletary (5)

     119,900,000         —           90.04

R. Eugene Taylor (5)

     119,900,000         —           90.04

Named Executive Officers

        

Stephen M. Rownd

     48,052         —            

Kenneth R. Vaught

     39,566         —            

Michael J. Fowler

     30,865         —            

All directors and executive officers as a group (10 persons) (6)

     120,919,339         —           90.81

 

* Less than one percent
(1) The securities “beneficially owned” by an individual are determined in accordance with the definition of “beneficial ownership” set forth in the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they may include securities owned by or for, among others, the spouse and/or minor children of the individual and any other relative who has the same home as such individual, as well as other securities as to which the individual has or shares voting or investment power. Beneficial ownership may be disclaimed as to certain of the securities.
(2) Any shares that a person has the right to acquire within 60 days are deemed to be outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of such person but are not deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. This column reflects the number of shares of Common Stock that could be purchased by exercise of options to purchase Common Stock on April 27, 2012 or within 60 days thereafter.
(3) Martha Bachman is a director and the wife of retired director Phil Bachman. Includes 203,625 shares of common stock held directly or indirectly by Martha Bachman, 673,697 shares owned by Phil Bachman individually and 18,166 shares owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bachman jointly.
(4) Excludes securities owned directly or indirectly by NAFH, beneficial ownership of which is hereby disclaimed by each of Messrs. Foss and Hodges, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein, if any.
(5) Each of Messrs. Marshall, Singletary and Taylor hereby disclaims beneficial ownership of the securities owned directly or indirectly by CBF, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein, if any.
(6) Includes all shares reflected in this table as beneficially owned by each director of the Company, and by Messrs. Rownd, Vaught and Fowler each of whom is a named executive officer of the Company.

ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

Certain Transactions

Certain of the directors and executive officers of the Company, members of their immediate families and entities with which they are involved are customers of and borrowers from the Company. As of December 31, 2011, total loans outstanding to directors and executive officers of the Company, and their associates as a group, equaled approximately $4 million. All outstanding loans and commitments included in such transactions were made in the ordinary course of business, on substantially the same terms, including interest rates and collateral, as those prevailing at the time in comparable transactions with persons not related to the Company, and did not involve more than the normal risk of collectability or present other unfavorable features.

The Company has had, and expects to have in the future, banking transactions in the ordinary course of its business with directors, officers and principal shareholders of the Company, and their associates, on the same terms, including interest rates and collateral on loans, as those prevailing at the same time for comparable transactions with persons not related to the Company. The Company generally considers credit relationships with directors and/or their affiliates to be immaterial and as not impairing the director’s independence so long as the terms of the credit relationship are similar to other comparable borrowers. The Company presumes extensions of credit that comply with Federal Reserve Regulation O to be consistent with director independence. In other words, the Company does not consider normal, arm’s-length credit relationships entered into in the ordinary course of business to negate a director’s independence.

Regulation O requires such loans to be made on substantially the same terms, including interest rates and collateral, and following credit underwriting procedures that are no less stringent than those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions by Capital Bank with persons not related to the Company. Such loans also may not involve more than the normal risk of repayment or present other unfavorable features. Additionally, no event of default may have occurred (that is, such loans are not disclosed as nonaccrual, past due, restructured, or potential problems). The Board of Directors must review any credit to a director or his or her related interests that has become criticized in order to determine the impact that such classification has on the director’s independence.

 

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From time to time, certain relationships or transactions may arise that would be deemed acceptable and appropriate upon full disclosure, following review and approval by the Audit Committee (in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rules) to ensure there is a legitimate business reason for the transaction and that the terms of the transaction are no less favorable to the Company that could be obtained from an unrelated person. Therefore, the Board of Directors has adopted the Policy and Procedures with Respect to Related Person Transactions, which is implemented through the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and is designed to regularly monitor the appropriateness of any significant transactions with related persons (as such term is defined by SEC rules). The policy applies to any transaction required to be disclosed under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K in which:

 

  the Company or the Bank is a participant;

 

  any related person (as defined in Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K) has a direct or indirect interest; and

 

  the amount involved exceeds $120,000.

The policy requires notification to the Company’s Audit Committee, prior the consummation of any related person transaction, describing the related person’s interest in the transaction, the material facts of the transaction, the benefits to the Company of the transaction, the availability of other sources of comparable products or services, and an assessment of whether the transaction is on terms that are comparable to the terms available to an unrelated third party or employees generally. The Audit Committee then evaluates the proposed transaction and determines whether it is a related person transaction. The Audit Committee considers all of the relevant facts and circumstances available to it including (if applicable) but not limited to:

 

  the benefits to the Company;

 

  the impact on a director’s independence in the event the related person is a director, an immediate family member of a director or an entity in which a director is a partner, shareholder or executive officer;

 

  the availability of other sources for comparable products or services;

 

  the terms of the transaction; and

 

  the terms available to unrelated third parties or to employees generally.

No member of the Audit Committee is permitted to participate in any review, consideration or approval of any related person transaction with respect to which such member or any of his or her immediate family members is the related person. The Audit Committee approves only those related person transactions that are in, or are not inconsistent with, the best interests of the Company and its shareholders, as the Audit Committee determines in good faith. If the transaction has already been consummated, the Audit Committee will undergo the same analysis as it does with a proposed transaction, and if it determines that the consummated transaction is a related person transaction, it will evaluate whether the consummated related person transaction should be ratified, amended, terminated or rescinded and whether any disciplinary action is appropriate.

On September 7, 2011, CBF 119,900,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for aggregate consideration of $217,019,000. As a result of the Investment, CBF currently owns approximately 90% of Company’s common stock. As the Company’s controlling shareholder, CBF has the power to control the election of the Company’s directors, determine our corporate and management policies and determine the outcome of any corporate transaction or other matter submitted to the Company’s shareholders for approval. CBF also has sufficient voting power to amend the Company’s organizational documents. In addition, five of our seven directors, our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer, and our Chief Risk Officer are affiliated with CBF.

The Company and its subsidiaries have had, and expect to have in the future, transactions in the ordinary course of business with directors and executive officers and members of their immediate families, as well as with principal shareholders. All loans and deposits included in such transactions were made in the ordinary course of business on substantially the same terms, including interest rates and collateral, in the case of loans, as those prevailing for comparable transactions with non-affiliated persons. It is the belief of management that such loans neither involved more than the normal risk of collectability nor presented other unfavorable features.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires certain of the Company’s officers and its directors to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC. Officers and directors are required by SEC regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file. To the Company’s knowledge, based solely on a review of reports that were filed with the SEC, all filing requirements under Section 16(a) were complied with during 2011.

 

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Director Independence

Because CBF holds approximately 90% of the voting power of the Company, under NASDAQ Listing Rules, the Company qualifies as a “controlled company” and, accordingly, is exempt from the requirement to have a majority of independent directors, as well as certain other governance requirements. However, as required under NASDAQ Listing Rules, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors is comprised entirely of independent directors. Our Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Foss, Hodges and Lynch and Ms. Bachman meet the definition of “Independent Director” as that term is defined in NASDAQ Listing Rules. In determining director independence, the Board considers all relevant facts and circumstances, and the Board considers the issue not merely from the standpoint of a director, but also from that of persons or organizations with which the director has an affiliation. As members of management, Messrs. Taylor, Marshall and Singletary would not be considered independent under current NASDAQ Listing Rules.

Board of Directors Committees

The Board of Directors currently has two standing committees, the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee.

Executive Committee. Subject to applicable law, the Executive Committee has the authority to exercise all powers of the Board of Directors during intervals between meetings of the board. The Executive Committee did not meet during 2011. The members of the Executive Committee for 2012 are R. Eugene Taylor (Chairman), Christopher G. Marshall and R. Bruce Singletary.

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee was established by the Board of Directors to oversee the Company’s accounting and financial reporting process, including the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and audits of the Company’s financial statements. In connection with such oversight responsibilities, the Audit Committee reviews the results and scope of the audit and other services provided by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee also has the sole authority and responsibility to select, determine compensation of, evaluate and, when appropriate, replace the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee operates pursuant to a charter that is available on our website at www.capitalbank-us.com or free of charge upon written request to the attention of Christopher G. Marshall, Green Bankshares, 100 North Main Street, Greeneville, Tennessee 37743. During 2011, the Audit Committee met seven times.

The members of the Audit Committee for 2012 are Peter N. Foss (Chairman), William A. Hodges, Martha M. Bachman and Samuel E. Lynch. The Board of Directors, in its business judgment, has made an affirmative determination that each of Messrs. Foss, Hodges and Lynch and Ms. Bachman are “Independent Directors” as that term is defined by Nasdaq Listing Rules, including the special independence requirements applicable to audit committee members. The Board of Directors also has determined, in its business judgment, that Mr. Foss is an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). For additional information regarding the Audit Committee, see “Audit Committee Report” below, which is incorporated into this section by reference.

 

ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

Audit Firm Fee Summary

For the period from January 1, 2011 through November 23 2011, and for the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company retained Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP to provide services in the categories presented below. Beginning November 23, 2011 the Company retained PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP to provide services in the categories presented below. All amounts below represent charges from Dixon Hughes, with the exception of a 2011 audit fee of $118,333 from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

     Fiscal 2011      Fiscal 2010  

Audit fees

   $ 216,817       $ 406,675   

Audit-related fees

     88,447         34,605   

Tax fees

     56,475         31,000   

All other fees

     12,437         0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total fees

   $ 374,176       $ 472,280   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Audit Fees. This category includes the aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered for the audits of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for 2011 and for professional services rendered for the audits of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and internal controls over financial reporting for fiscal year 2010, for the reviews of the financial statements included in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q during fiscal years 2011 and 2010, and for services that are normally provided by the independent registered public accounting firm in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the relevant fiscal years. Note that for 2011, Dixon Hughes Goodman only performed review services and did not perform audit services.

 

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Audit-Related Fees. This category includes the aggregate fees billed in each of the last two fiscal years for assurance and related services by the independent registered public accounting firm that are reasonably related to the performance of the audits or reviews of the financial statements and are not reported above under “Audit Fees,” and generally consist of fees for accounting consultation, review of registration statements and audits of employee benefit plans.

Tax Fees. This category includes the aggregate fees billed in each of the last two fiscal years for professional services rendered by the independent registered public accounting firm for tax compliance, tax planning and tax advice. Tax compliance services consist of assistance with federal and state income tax returns.

All Other Fees. This category includes the aggregate fees billed in each of the last two fiscal years for products and services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm that are not reported above under “Audit Fees,” “Audit-Related Fees,” or “Tax Fees.”

Policy for Approval of Audit and Nonaudit Services. The Audit Committee charter contains the Company’s policy regarding the approval of audit and nonaudit services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm. According to that policy, the Audit Committee must pre-approve all services, including all audit and nonaudit services to be performed by the independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee approved all audit and nonaudit services described above in accordance with this policy. In determining whether to approve a particular audit or permitted nonaudit service, the Audit Committee will consider, among other things, whether such service is consistent with maintaining the independence of the independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee will also consider whether the independent registered public accounting firm is best positioned to provide the most effective and efficient service to the Company and whether the service might be expected to enhance the Company’s ability to manage or control risk or improve audit quality.

 

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PART IV

 

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

(a)(1) No financial statements or schedules are filed with this report on Form 10-K/A.

The exhibits listed in the exhibit index of the Annual Report and the exhibits listed in the exhibit index of this Amendment are filed with, or incorporated by reference in, this report.

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

31.1    Chief Executive Officer Certification Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a).
31.2    Chief Financial Officer Certification Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a).

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Greeneville, Tennessee, on the 30th day of April 2012.

 

GREEN BANKSHARES, INC.
By:   /s/ Christopher G. Marshall
  Christopher G. Marshall
  Chief Financial Officer
  (principal financial officer)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant in the capacities indicated and on April 30, 2012.

 

Signature

  

Title

/s/ R. Eugene Taylor

  

President, Chief Executive Officer

R. Eugene Taylor   

and Chairman of the Board

  

(Principal Executive Officer)

/s/ Christopher G. Marshall

  

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Christopher G. Marshall   

and Director

  

(Principal Financial Officer and Principal

  

Accounting Officer)

/s/ R. Bruce Singletary

  

Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

R. Bruce Singletary   

and Director

/s/ Martha M. Bachman

  

Director

Martha M. Bachman   

/s/ Peter N. Foss

  

Director

Peter N. Foss   

/s/ William A. Hodges

  

Director

William A. Hodges   

/s/ Samuel E. Lynch

  

Director

Samuel E. Lynch   

 

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