Charles E. Potts

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

Charles’ extensive financial services experience began in banking and financial service firms more than 35 years ago. Those experiences provided the background Potts needed to start, co-found or lead various fintech start-ups including digital banking, mobile engagement, financial management and payments providers.Several had successful exits including IPO’s, strategic investments or acquisition via strategic acquirers. A few also lead to his then creating and operating new international business units.
Most recently he worked at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) incubator at Georgia Tech, leading the fintech practice where he mentored and coached startup founders.
Before that he helped start First Performance Global and served as executive managing director where he led global business and corporate development activities for the start-up card-control and fraud alert SaaS provider.Potts also previously served as the turn-around CEO for NetClarity, a start-up in the University of Florida’s Business Incubation Hub.
Charles attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, holds a BBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta where he also did his graduate studies and attended the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. 

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