James T. Barnes,Jr. has served as Chairman of the Board of BankFIRST since 1997. A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard OPM program, Barnes has been actively involved in commercial banking, mortgage banking and the insurance industries, both in Michigan and Florida, and is a past President of the Michigan Mortgage Bankers Association.
Barnes is active in the Winter Park community as a trustee at the Mayflower Retirement Center, as well as a member of the President's Leadership Council of Rollins College and a member of the Winter Park Lakes and Waterways Advisory Board. He is a Director and past Chairman of the University of Central Florida Foundation. Additionally, he is a past Chairman of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital, the Winter Park Health Foundation, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Winter Park Economic Development Advisory Board.
Barnes is married to Diana Barnes and has four children and five grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, boating, hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors.