John Taylor Rhett III
With more than 37 years of investment banking and brokerage experience, John recently retired as the Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Investment Services.
In September 2013, he joined both Red Rock Strategic Partners and Red Rock Advisory Group as Chairman and Senior Managing Director. These businesses are dedicated to advising financial institutions and private business owners on the complex strategic decisions that confront them in these unprecedented times.
In August 2001, John launched a new brokerage firm, Alexander Key Investments, a subsidiary of SunTrust Capital Markets, to focus on corporate and corporate executive clients of the investment bank. In 2005, he merged Alexander Key Investments with SunTrust Securities to form SunTrust Investment Services with over 500 financial advisors overseeing $40 billion in client assets. He held this position until his retirement in 2013.
John’s career began in New York at Merrill Lynch as an institutional trader on the municipal bond desk. In 1980, he joined the investment banking firm, Robinson-Humphrey, where he was Head of Municipal Trading and Marketing for six years. After an eight-month internship as an over-the- counter and block trader, he was named Manager of the firm’s North Atlanta retail brokerage office, eventually operating under the Smith Barney structure. He held this position until 1999 and, under his guidance, the client assets grew to over $2 billion. Subsequently, John was an angel investor and advisor for private, growing businesses and enterprises.
He is a past President of the Atlanta Municipal Bond Club, and a past member and Co-chairman of the Smith Barney Branch Manager Council. Recently, he also served on the District 7 FINRA Board of Directors. Currently, John is a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate studies with the Georgia Tech College of Management.
John’s other civic responsibilities have included serving as Vice Chairman of the parish council of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Center for the Visually Impaired and currently serves on its endowment committee. Additionally, John is a trustee of Marist School in Atlanta and chairs the investment committee. He has also recently been named to the Development Authority Board for the new city of Brookhaven, Georgia.
John earned a degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.