Unexpected Detour

For Ron Tillett, it was love at first sight. It was the fall of 2016, and Tillett, vice chairman at Union Bank &Trust in Richmond, Virginia, was part of a team of people who were interviewing candidates as part of the bank’s CEO succession process. Tillett, board chair Ray Smoot and a third director, Tom Rohman, were camped out in a private conference room at their outside law firm. They were about to interview John Asbury, then the 50-year-old chief executive of a community bank in New Mexico that was more than one-fourth Union First Market’s size. “I remember this…

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Jack Milligan


Jack Milligan is editor-at-large of Bank Director magazine, a position to which he brings over 40 years of experience in financial journalism organizations. Mr. Milligan directs Bank Director’s editorial coverage and leads its director training efforts. He has a master’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

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