Steve Powless serves as executive chairman of CSI’s Board of Directors and leads the company’s audit, risk and acquisition teams. During his more than 30-year career with CSI, he has held such leadership positions as vice president of corporate development, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief executive officer. Prior to his current role, Steve served as CSI’s chief executive officer from 1999 to 2021, only the second person in the company’s history to hold the title. Steve has been an active member of CSI’s Board of Directors since 1992.
In addition to his leadership at CSI, Steve has served the fintech industry in various leadership roles, including as past president and director of the Association for Financial Technology (AFT). Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Murray State University where he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a current director and past chairman of the Baptist Health Paducah Administrative Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Lifeline Recovery Center board.
Dana Bowers was elected to the CSI Board of Directors in 2019 and is a member of the CSI Risk Committee. With more than 30 years of expertise in launching and leading fintech companies, she brings a depth of leadership experience in payments, strategic planning, business development, revenue generation and product development. Dana currently serves as chief solution architect for Venminder, Inc., a leading provider of software and due diligence services for managing compliance with third-party vendors.
Previously, Dana founded and served 10 years as chief executive officer of iPay Technologies, which provides bill payment services within the financial services industry. Dana was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in its technology category in 2009, and she was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2010. She also currently sits on the board for the University of Louisville College of Business and previously served as a judge for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
A 25-year plus Wall Street veteran, Michael Carter currently serves on the CSI Board of Directors and is a member of the CSI Profit Sharing Committee. He is Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Truist Securities, the investment banking arm of Truist Financial Corporation. Prior to joining Truist Securities, Michael was the global co-head of technology investment banking at RBC Capital Markets. Before that, he was a managing director at both Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. In addition to his professional experience, Michael is a member of the Board of Advisors of Wake Forest University School of Business, the Alumni Board of Governors of Washington University in St. Louis, the Executive Leadership Council, and honorary board of director of Spelman College. He is a Coro Foundation Fellow alumnus, and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
David Culbertson serves as a board member and CSI’s President and CEO, providing strategic vision and leadership for the company. In his role, David ensures CSI is delivering value to both customers and shareholders, leading the strategic direction of the company’s portfolio of fintech, regtech and technology solutions.
David began his CSI career in 1989. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions, including vice president of research and business development, group president of technology services and chief operations officer. David has served his community on various boards and currently serves on The Carson Center for The Performing Arts and Kentucky Regional Board for Mercy Health. He is also a past president of the Association for Financial Technology (AFT). David earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Wharton School Executive Education program.
Elected to the board in March 2007, Basil Drossos is chairman of the Audit Committee and chairman of the CSI Profit Sharing Committee. He most recently served as an executive director of global purchasing for General Motors Corporation. After joining GM in 1979, Basil held leadership positions in general management, sales and marketing, manufacturing, purchasing and finance within GM’s Latin American, European and Asian regions. He has served as a member of GM’s Latin American and Asia Pacific Strategy Boards. In 2002, he was named executive vice president and representative director of Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to GM, Basil worked for Chrysler in Detroit, Michigan, and Lima, Peru. His career began in commercial banking at the Central Trust Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Terrance (Terry) Haas was elected to the CSI Board of Directors in 2012 and serves on the CSI Audit and Executive Committees and is chairman of the CSI Risk Committee. A successful business executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience, Terry’s previous leadership roles include chief executive officer of the Harvard Drug Group, and executive vice president and chief integration officer for AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 50 corporation. Terry also served as president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., where he assumed full profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for the largest division of the parent corporation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from St. Louis University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Kristin Rudolph Muhlner was elected to CSI’s Board of Directors in 2017 and is a member of the CSI Profit Sharing Committee. She is CEO and co-founder of Affect Therapeutics, an organization that employs mobile technology to revolutionize stimulant addiction recovery. With more than 20 years of experience in leading high-growth technology organizations, Kristin possesses a diverse background in executive management, business operations, customer experience, product strategy and revenue generation. She also is a recognized leader in enterprise software and cloud technologies, having held key leadership positions with such companies as Sprinklr, newBrandAnalytics, RollStream, webMethods, Deloitte Consulting and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). Throughout her career, Kristin has provided strategic leadership in a variety of roles, including chief executive officer, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of revenue, and worked with such major brands as Hyatt, Kohl’s and McDonald’s.
A member of the CSI Board of Directors since 1999, David Paxton chairs the CSI Executive and Compensation committees. David is also currently Chairman of Paxton Media Group, Paducah, Kentucky, having previously served as President and CEO for 20 years. Before joining Paxton Media Group, he worked in investment banking for Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. (Chicago and New York) and J. J. B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc. David has earned degrees from Harvard College and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
A CSI board member since 2001, Robert Walker is the Lead Independent Director and serves on the CSI Executive, Compensation and Audit committees. He is former senior vice president and CFO of Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, Ohio. An attorney, he also served as CFO for National Data Corporation and senior vice president and CFO for Providian Corporation. Prior to that, Robert served as vice president and general counsel for Providian Corporation and tax counsel for The Mead Corporation. He is a graduate of Transylvania University where he also previously served on the board of trustees. He currently serves as the board chair for Tri-Health, a major hospital and physician organization in Cincinnati employing 11,000. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.
John A. Williams serves as chairman emeritus of the board. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science, with majors in accounting and economics. John then practiced accounting and management consulting with Arthur Andersen & Co. in St. Louis. From 1963-65, as a UK ROTC graduate, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, directing development of experimental data processing systems at 7th Army Headquarters in Germany. In 1965, he served as the founding CEO in the creation of Computer Services, Inc. (CSI), headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, becoming president in 1968 and chairman in 1979.
Over the years, John has been intensely involved with community, state and national organizations. He has served Burroughs Computer Users Group (president); Association for Financial Technology (president); Four Rivers Boy Scout Council (president); Scoutmaster, and Webelos leader; Area Six (KY/TN) Boy Scouts (president); Southeast Regional Board Boy Scouts (director); National Museum Board Boy Scouts (director); National Eagle Bound program (creator); Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce (president); Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (vice president); Federal Reserve-Louisville (chair); and Carson Four Rivers Performing Arts Center (chair). John also served as a lecturer in banking schools at UK, LSU, Nebraska, and Georgia, and as a faculty member at the Paducah Community College.
For Kentucky, John has served on several state commissions, including: Science and Technology; Economic Development; Unemployment Insurance; Career Ladder Education; Tax Reform Commission; Transition for Governor Fletcher for Finance and Revenue Cabinets; Kentuckians for Excellence in Education Task Force; Kentucky State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; the Higher Education Study Task Force; and Chair of the Leadership Institute for School Principals.
John has been presented the Silver Antelope from Boy Scouts of America. Murray State University has honored John by naming its annual Telecommunications System Management Entrepreneurship Award the John A. Williams Entrepreneurship Award. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Murray State, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Business & Technology in 2017 for service over five decades including design input on two degree programs. John was named a Paducah Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2004, and in 2009, he received the Summit Award for leadership in education and Impact Poverty; John has also received the Technology Leadership Award as outstanding technology leader in Kentucky from the Governor. He is recognized in the Paducah Tilghman High School Hall of Fame, the UK Gatton Business School Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Leadership Kentucky presented John their fourteenth Flamethrower Award in 2015.
John is married to Vivian Gray Williams, and they have three sons, John, Jr., Kevin, and Brett; three daughters-in-law; eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
A CSI employee since June 1992, Tammy Souder is the Secretary to the Board, and she was named corporate secretary in 1998 and vice president of corporate administration in July 2005. She currently serves as CSI’s Chief Administrative Officer. Tammy has an associate degree in business management from Paducah Community College.
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