Regions Investment Management, Inc.

Management Team

The experience and expertise of our investment professionals is what drives out long term success. We are a company that values achievement and sets high performance standards. Below are the biographies of a few of our investment professionals.

Brian B. Sullivan, CFA
President & Chief Investment Officer
Birmingham, Alabama
Brian Sullivan is President and Chief Investment Officer of Regions Investment Management. Mr. Sullivan supervises a staff of professionals performing direct investment of discretionary funds and providing investment advice to other portfolios. Mr. Sullivan assumed his current position after the merger of AmSouth Bank and Regions Bank in November 2006, having previously served as President of AmSouth Asset Management. Mr. Sullivan joined First National Bank of Birmingham, later AmSouth Bank, in 1982. With AmSouth Asset Management, he served as head of Value Equity, Chief Fixed Income Officer, head of Employee Benefits Portfolio Management, Manager of Fixed Income Investments, Regional Trust Investments Manager, and Equity Research Analyst. Before joining AmSouth, now Regions Bank, Mr. Sullivan served as a utilities analyst for the Public Service Commission of the State of Alabama. Mr. Sullivan is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and has served as President of the CFA Society of Alabama, of which he is a member. He received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Tulane University, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of the South.

Francesca A. Smitherman, CFA
Senior Vice President, Director of Equity Research
Birmingham, Alabama
Fran Smitherman, CFA, is the Director of Equity Research. She also serves as an Equity Analyst currently specializing in the Consumer Discretionary sector. She has worked in the investment management profession in a research capacity since 1997. During that time, she has covered many different sectors of the economy in addition to the Consumer Discretionary sector, including Consumer Staples, Telecommunications Services, Industrials, Diversified Financials and Healthcare. As a member of the Regions Investment Management Equity team, Fran participates in the management of the Total Return Opportunity Portfolio, the Equity Income Portfolio, and various other opportunity portfolios and institutional accounts. Ms. Smitherman is currently a member of the RIM Investment Strategy Group and has also served on the Asset Allocation Committee. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1996, and earned her Master of Arts in Banking and Finance from the same institution in 1997. She has her Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is on the Board of Directors for the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Alabama.
Chris Watson, CFA
Senior Vice President, Head of Value Strategies
Birmingham, Alabama
Mr. Watson joined the firm in 2005 and is the Head of the Institutional Value Strategies. He is also an Equity Analyst currently responsible for analyzing the Financial sector for the Equity Team. His industry experience began in 2000.  Prior to joining, from 2002-2004, he worked for Regions Bank as a Corporate Banking Analyst, where he was responsible for purchasing loan syndications.  From 2000-2002, he worked at a regional banking institution as Commercial Credit Analyst, where his responsibilities included credit underwriting.  Mr. Watson received a B.A. in Finance from Troy State University and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Watson is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Alabama.

Charles A. Murray, CFA
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Mobile, Alabama
Mr. Murray joined the firm in June 1972. Mr. Murray is currently a Portfolio Manager for Regions Investment Management, and is responsible for Growth equity strategies in RIM. Additionally Mr. Murray manages several large institutional separate accounts. Prior to joining, Mr. Murray was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. His investment experience began in 1974. Mr. Murray received a B.S. in Marketing from The University of Alabama. Mr. Murray is a CFA charterholder and a current member of the Alabama Financial Analyst Society.

John Boston, CFA
Senior Vice President, Director of Fixed Income
Birmingham, Alabama
Mr. Boston is Director of Fixed Income Investments for Regions Investment Management, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Regions Financial. He leads a team of investment professionals that manage $4 billion in institutional fixed income assets.  He is also a member of the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee.  His investment experience began in 1988 when he joined the Trust Investment Department of AmSouth Bank.  Mr. Boston received a B.S. in Finance and Political Science from the University of North Alabama. He holds a CFA charter and is a member and past president of the CFA Society of Alabama.