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SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Traded as NYSESTI
S&P 500 Component
Industry Banking
Founded 1985
Headquarters SunTrust Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Number of locations
1,497 Branches
2,243 ATMs
Area served
Southeastern United States
Key people
William H. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
Products Financial Services
Revenue Increase US$8.2 Billion (FY 2013)[1]
Increase US$1.34 Billion (FY 2013)[1]
Total assets Increase US$172.5 Billion (FY 2013)[2]
Total equity Increase US$21.4 Billion (FY 2013)[2]
Number of employees
26,281 (12/31/2013)
Slogan Live Solid. Bank Solid. SunTrust.
SunTrust locations in the United States.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., is an American bank holding company. The largest subsidiary is SunTrust Bank. It had US$175 billion in assets as of December, 31, 2013.[3] SunTrust Bank's most direct corporate parent was established in 1891 in Atlanta, where its headquarters remain.

SunTrust operates 1,497 bank branches and 2,243 ATMs across Southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

History and acquisitions

On 16 February 1811, the Farmers Bank of Alexandria VA, SunTrust’s earliest predecessor bank, is granted a charter by Congress.[4]

On 21 September 1891, the most direct corporate ancestor, the Trust Company of Georgia, was founded as the Commercial Travelers' Savings Bank. The founders were John M. Green, Joel Hurt, H. L. Atwater, W. A. Hansell, T. J. Hightower, J. G. Oglesby, J. D. Turner, John B. Daniel, Joseph Hirsch, Leon Lieberman, Louis Wellhouse, A. J. McBride, D. O. Dougherty, W. A. Gregg, W. W. Draper, A. C. Hook, W. T. Ashford, George W. Brooke, C. I. Branan and C. D. Montgomery.[5]

In November 1893, it restructured as a trust company and renamed itself Trust Company of Georgia.[6][7] The current SunTrust Banks, Inc., was the result of a merger between the Trust Company of Georgia and SunBanks, Inc., of Orlando, Florida (founded in 1934 as First National Bank of Orlando) in 1985. The merged company operated as Trust Company Bank in Georgia and Sun Bank in Florida until 1995, when all banks took the SunTrust name.

In 1986, shortly after the Trust Company–SunBanks merger, SunTrust purchased Third National Corporation of Nashville, though it continued to use the Third National name in Tennessee until 1995. SunTrust purchased Crestar Financial Corporation of Richmond, Virginia in 1998 expanding the company’s footprint into Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

In 1988, Suntrust is added to the S&P 500 Stock Price Index.[8]

In 2001, SunTrust purchased the institutional businesses of the Robinson-Humphrey Company, LLC. creating SunTrust Robinson-Humphrey.

The company bought Memphis-based National Commerce Financial Corporation (NCF) for $7 billion in 2004. The bank operated as National Bank of Commerce in South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia and as Central Carolina Bank and Trust in North Carolina. This acquisition allowed SunTrust to enter Alabama, the Carolinas and West Virginia for the first time, and substantially increased its footprint in the other states.[9]

In 2013, the bank led a bank group that included Fifth Third Bank and Florida Community Bank that helped finance the acquirement of BEL USA, the parent company that owns DiscountMugs, by Comvest Partners, a private equity firm.[10][11][12]

In 2014, SunTrust announced it would launch a medical specialty group to work with independent medical practices. [13]


On April 21, 2011, William H. Rogers, Jr. began a transition into the CEO role previously held by Jim Wells, who retired December 31, 2011. Formerly SunTrust's COO, Rogers assumed the title of CEO on June 1, 2011. Rogers had been named President in 2008.[14]


The bank's primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services.

The bank's website at has more detailed product information. SunTrust accounts may be subject to arbitration, but account owners can opt out of arbitration within 45 days of the date an account was opened.[15]

Buildings and branches

Located at 200 South Orange Avenue, The SunTrust Center is the tallest building in downtown Orlando, Florida. The 35 story, 650,000 sq ft (60,000 m2) building was constructed in 1988 at a cost of approximately $100 million.[citation needed] It is constructed of reinforced concrete and granite with marble finishes and features 17 elevators.


  1. ^ a b SunTrust Banks (STI) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest
  2. ^ a b SunTrust Banks (STI) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest
  3. ^ "FDIC Institution Directory: SunTrust Bank". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Garrett, Franklin M. (1969). Atlanta and environs : A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1880s-1930s. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press. p. 235. ISBN 0-8203-0264-3. 
  6. ^ Borowsky, Bruce (2005-03-11). "SunTrust Banks (Trust Company Bank)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  7. ^ Garrett, Franklin M. (1969). Atlanta and environs : A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1880s-1930s. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press. p. 235. ISBN 0-8203-0264-3. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "SunTrust to buy National Commerce Financial". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2004-05-09. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  10. ^ "Comvest Invests in BEL USA, Adds On". PitchBook. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Dunford, Thomas (24 December 2013). "The Morning Leverage: What’s Waiting in Private Equity’s Stocking?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Comvest Investment Partners IV, L.P.; Amin Rahman Ramjee". Federal Trade Commission. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Correia, Margarida. "SunTrust Private Wealth Management Launches Medical Specialty Group". Bank Investment Consultant. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Bizjournals
  15. ^ "Deposit Account Disclosures" (PDF). 

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