CEO Spotlight – Chris Mills, Truist

As SunTrust and BB&T merged into Truist in December of 2019, Chris Mills was appointed as Market President/CEO in the greater Tallahassee area. In this role, Chris will leverage his 20 years of banking experience to lead all aspects of Truist’s mission to deliver a differentiated banking model in Tallahassee by managing the commercial banking division and 10 locations which includes McGriff Insurance Services. Truist Financial Corporation is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspire and build better lives and communities. With 275 years of combined BB&T and SunTrust history, Truist serves approximately 12 million households with leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country.

“We are extremely excited about our opportunity to tie our banks’ purpose together with the Tallahassee community, to have a meaningful impact as we strive to make an intentional difference. Just in the last 60 days alone, we have awarded $75,000 in local grants to non-profits who are helping the Tallahassee community tirelessly fight back against COVID-19’s unexpected pandemic,” said Chris Mills, Market President at Truist. “Truist was the #2 lender in the entire Nation to provide PPP loans to small businesses in wave one of the CARES Act lending program, these funds provide support for payroll expenses & the labor force. The local leadership, teammates, and the Tallahassee Community Advisory Board of Truist is delivering value and industry specialization to our community in an unprecedented way. With a community bank delivery model, Truist is combining the industries’ best strategic financial advisory and tools with a consultative approach. We are also the only local bank deploying active resources to offer equity investments into organizations that create jobs in Tallahassee through New Market Tax Credits.”

Mills also sits on the North Florida Local Advisory Committee for the Truist Foundation, which overlooks the community outreach for North Florida by providing grants in support of nonprofit organizations. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of West Florida, a graduate of multiple Dale Carnegie leadership programs, and a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 34. He is active in the community, he serves as a board member on the Board of Governors for the FSU College of Business and sits on the Junior Achievement Big Bend Board of Directors as a Past Chairman.

In the Capital City, Truist offers a wide range of financial services including retail, small business, and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; investment banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending and wealth management. In his last role prior to the merger, Chris covered the middle-market corporate clients for heritage SunTrust throughout the Florida Panhandle, South Georgia, and South Alabama regions.

“Tallahassee has long been an important market for both SunTrust and BB&T, and our recent merger gives Truist #1 deposit market share in Tallahassee,” said Scott Keith, Regional President for the North Florida Region at Truist Financial Corporation. “Combining BB&T’s Community Bank with the strength of SunTrust’s strategic advisory capabilities enables us to focus on delivering for our diverse mix of clients, including business banking; commercial banking; middle-market banking; not-for-profit/government banking; regional commercial real estate. We are excited about the opportunities ahead of us in Tallahassee, and we look forward to seeing our local team accomplish great things here.”

Let your Truist team know how they can play a constructive role relative to your financial planning & goals. To learn more please feel free to email Chris at Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is the sixth-largest commercial bank in the U.S. with total assets of $506 billion as of March 31, 2020. To learn more, visit