Back Row (L - R): Dr. Dipesh Patel, Mike Patel, Adam Patel (Vice Chairman), R.B. Patel,
Front Row (L - R): Bhagu Patel, Mike Gilstrap (Chairman of the Board), John Hall (President and CEO), Bill Childers
Michael L. Gilstrap
Chairman of the Board
Michael L. Gilstrap has served on the boards of American Pride Bank and its holding company American Bancorp, Inc. since inception; he was elected by the boards of both in August of 2018 to serve as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Gilstrap is a 1970 graduate of the University of West Georgia. He obtained a Masters of Education degree from the University of Georgia in 1972 and a Masters of Science in Administration degree from Georgia College and State University in 1982. He was employed by the Medical Center of Central Georgia from 1979 to 2006, retiring as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was a founding board member of Central Georgia Health Network, and also a founding board member of Secure Health Plans of Georgia. He was a former Chairman of the Peach County Board of Education and a former Chairman of the Peach County Board of Elections, where he currently serves on the board. Mr. Gilstrap is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Gilstrap is currently retired.