James R. Lientz, Jr. 

Partner at Safe Harbor Consulting

Jim Lientz

Partner at Safe Harbor Consulting

Safe Harbor Consulting

Board Chairman, Diversified Trust Company

Board Chairman, Georgia Banking Company

Board Member, Invesco Mortgage Capital

Board Member, MidCountry Financial Corp 

Trustee, Georgia Research Alliance 

Harvard Business School

Advanced Management Program

Georgia State University

Master of Business Administration

Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science

Safe Harbor Consulting

Jim has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, with more than 35 years in the banking industry and nearly 8 in government service.

Currently a Partner with Safe Harbor Consulting, he has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career, including President of C&S Bank of South Carolina; President of Nations Bank of Georgia; and President Mid-South Division, Bank of America.  

 Public Sector Experience

He was the first-ever Chief Operating Officer for the State of Georgia from 2003 to 2010, where he brought a number of innovations which included:

  • “Office of Customer Service” to assist state employees in creating a more consistent and productive experience for citizens needing help
  • Executive Leadership Development Program that focused on staff development, identifying talent, and developing career paths.

Diversified Trust

Board Chairman

Diversified Trust is an employee-owned comprehensive wealth management firm based in the Southeast. Our clients include individuals, multi-generational families, family offices, foundations, endowments and retirement plans.

We tailor strategies for perpetuating and enhancing wealth, planning your legacy, or advancing philanthropic missions.

Our team offers decades of direct professional experience across investment, legal, tax, trust services and management.   

Georgia Banking Company

Board Chairman

Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1998, Georgia Banking offers clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, homeowners/auto insurance as well as traditional annuity and insurance products.

At GBC, we work to make the communities in which we do business better places to live by helping our clients achieve economic success and financial security.  

Community Involvement

Board Chairman, Diversified Trust Company

Board Chairman, Georgia Banking Company

Board Member, Invesco Mortgage Capital

Board Member, MidCountry Financial Corp

Trustee, Georgia Research Alliance

Chairman, Georgia Tech Foundation

Former Atlanta Director, Former Chairman of Audit & Finance Committee, Georgia Ports Authority

Former Chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber

Former Chairman, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Former Member, Georgia Department for Economic Development

Former Vice Chair, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Former Chairman, Woodruff Arts Center Corporate Campaign

Former Chairman of the Board Advisors, The Carter Center

Former Trustee, Rhodes College

Former Trustee, The Lovett School

Former Board Member, J&J Invision

Former Board Member, Georgia Power Company

Former Board Member, NDC Health

Former Board Member, Brand Bancorp  



  Jim enjoys spending time outdoors and quail hunting in his free time. 

Family and Travel

Jim and his wife Peggy have 10 grandchildren.

Jim Lientz

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