Jim Lientz

James R. Lientz

Partner, Safe Harbor Consulting
Former Chief Operating Officer of the state of Georgia

James R. Lientz has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, with more than 35 years in the banking industry and nearly eight in government service. Currently a Partner with Safe Harbor Consulting, Lientz has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career, including as President of C&S Bank of South Carolina; President of NationsBank of Georgia; and President Mid-South Division, Bank of America. His work in the public sector was as the first ever Chief Operating Officer for the state of Georgia from 2003 to 2010, to which he brought a number of innovations. These included creating an "Office of Customer Service" to assist state employees in creating a more consistent and productive experience for citizens needing help, and the Executive Leadership Development Program that focused on staff development, identifying talent, and developing career paths.

Board Governance

  • Chair, Compensation Committee
  • Chair, Credit/Loan Committee
  • Compliance Committee

Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Georgia Tech Foundation
  • Former Chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber
  • Former Chairman, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Georgia Corporation for Economic Development
  • Vice Chair, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman, Woodruff Arts Center Corporate Campaign
  • Chairman of the Board of Advisors, The Carter Center
  • Chairman of the Board of Diversified Trust Company (eff 7/1/15)
  • Trustee, Rhodes College
  • Trustee, The Lovett School
  • Trustee, Georgia Research Alliance
  • Board Member, Georgia Banking Company
  • Board Member, Invesco Mortgage Capital
  • Board Member, J&J Invision


  • Bachelor of Science, Georgia Tech University
  • Masters of Business Administration, Georgia State University
  • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School