For immediate release: Dec. 7, 2009
Leerie T. Jenkins Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc., and Oscar J. Horton, president of Sun State International Trucks LLC, have been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Jacksonville Branch. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2010, and run through Dec. 31, 2012.
Jenkins joined Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc. in 1972 as a project planner and held positions of increasing responsibility at various offices throughout the company before becoming chairman and chief executive officer in 1990. He is a member of the Gator Bowl Association, the Florida Council of 100, and the University of North Florida Coggin College of Business Advisory Council. He is a former chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Florida, and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Board of Trustees. Jenkins is a director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and a former member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet. He is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Medal from the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design Alumni Association. Jenkins earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.
Horton has served in his current position since 2000. Previously, he was vice president and general manager, foundry business, at International Truck & Engine Corp., where he had served in various positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in 1975. He is a director of the Bank of Tampa, Academy Prep of Tampa, the CEO Council of Tampa Bay Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. He is a member of the University of South Florida (USF) Foundation board of directors. Horton earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Arkansas.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta branch directors provide economic information on their industry and the branch territory to the district bank's president and head office directors, who use the information in formulating monetary policy and making discount rate recommendations. Jenkins was appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Jacksonville Branch by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Horton was appointed by the Atlanta Fed's board of directors. The Board of Governors appoints three of the Jacksonville Branch directors, and the Atlanta head office directors appoint four.