James D. Rollins III

Chairman & CEO

James D. Rollins III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Bank. He has served as Chairman of the Board since April 2014 and Chief Executive Officer since November 2012.

Prior to that, he served as president and Chief Operating Officer of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, and director of Prosperity Bancshares from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Rollins served as Senior Vice President of Prosperity Bancshares from 2001 until 2006 and became President of Prosperity Bank in 2005. He served as Executive Vice President of Prosperity Bank from 2002 to 2004 and President of the Matagorda Banking Centers of Prosperity Bank from 1994 to 2002. From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Rollins worked for First State Bank and Trust Company in Port Lavaca and Bay City, Texas.

Mr. Rollins received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He is a 1989 graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the National Commercial Lending School in 1993 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Active in community and industry activities, Mr. Rollins serves as chairman of the North Mississippi Health Services' board of directors and is a member of the finance committee and major gifts committee for the Healthcare Foundation of North Mississippi. He leads the company's volunteering efforts, and previously served as the co-chair of the Hope and a Future capital campaign for the Salvation Army in Tupelo, Mississippi. He is married to Becky Rollins (formerly Buchanan), and they have two grown children, Kristin and J.D. 

Chris A. Bagley

President and Chief Credit Officer

Chris A. Bagley is President and Chief Credit Officer of Cadence Bank. He has served at Cadence and its predecessors since 2014. Mr. Bagley has over 38 years of experience in commercial banking. 

Prior to joining Cadence’s predecessor, BancorpSouth, Mr. Bagley was previously a named executive officer and Chief Credit Officer of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. in Houston, Texas. At Prosperity, he served on the seven-person executive committee, which directed and oversaw all bank lending and operations. 

During his career, Mr. Bagley has also served as a regional loan concurrence officer, a voting member of the senior loan committee, a member of the operations and BSA risk committees, and was the lending liaison for the fair lending component of compliance exams. He has also served as a board of directors member for a publicly traded financial holding company. 

Mr. Bagley earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is a former advisory board member of the University of Houston banking certificate program through the Bauer College of Business. 

Valerie C. Toalson

Chief Financial Officer and President - Banking Services

Valerie Toalson is Chief Financial Officer and President - Banking Services of Cadence Bank. Having joined Cadence in January 2013, she brings 35 years of banking experience in finance, accounting, treasury, investments, risk, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, investor relations, and public entity and regulatory financial reporting.

Prior to joining Cadence, Ms. Toalson served as CFO of BankAtlantic Bancorp and BankAtlantic N.A., and previously held several senior leadership positions at BOK Financial Corporation, including Corporate Controller, Manager of Credit Services, Manager of Process Improvement and Chief Auditor. Toalson began her career in audit at Price Waterhouse, where she received her certified public accounting certificate.

Ms. Toalson earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. She is an active volunteer in her community, including serving on the board of Goodwill Industries of Houston and the advisory council of the Women's Resource of Greater Houston. 

Edward “Billy” H. Braddock

Chief Banking Officer

Billy Braddock serves as the Bank’s Chief Banking Officer. Having joined the Bank in April 2011, he brings 30 years of banking and finance experience to this role. Mr. Braddock has held various leadership roles at Cadence Bank including Chief Credit Officer, Commercial & Industrial Group Manager, Energy Services Group Manager, Special Assets Group Manager and Treasury Management Executive.

Mr. Braddock began his career in banking at NationsBank, N.A. After receiving his graduate degree, he served in trading and corporate development roles in the merchant energy business before returning to banking with BOKF, N.A., where he led the commercial banking practice in Houston.

Mr. Braddock is an active volunteer in his community and serves on the Texas A&M University Commercial Banking Program Advisory Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.