Our success and ability to help people in our community depends on the support of enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Our board members play a vital role in our vision, mission and policies, which help set the course for driving positive change within Central Alabama.
2016 Chairman of the Board
Sam M. Tortorici
Tortorici, a well-known banking leader in the Southeast, had a distinguished 24-year career at Regions Bank and predecessor AmSouth Bank. Immediately prior to joining Superior, he led Regions’ Commercial & Industrial business which is comprised of over 500 commercial and specialty banking professionals across 16 states, over $30 billion in loan commitments, and annual revenue in excess of $1 billion. While overseeing Regions’ C&I business, Tortorici led the development of a number of commercial industry specialty businesses including healthcare, transportation, franchise restaurant, and technology & defense that produced significant client and revenue growth. He also has held leadership responsibility for sales and services across a variety of banking businesses at Regions and AmSouth, including Central Region President, Alabama Regional President, North Central Alabama Area Executive, Corporate Banking Executive, and Chief Financial Officer.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Tortorici continues to be intensely engaged in his alma mater as a member of the President’s Cabinet. He is an active citizen in his community. He has served as the United Way of Central Alabama General Campaign Chairman and on the boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Operation New Birmingham, and the Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund.
2016 Campaign Chairman
Rich is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Protective Life Corporation, a financial services holding company that provides financial protection via insurance and investment products to its over 7.5 million customers across the United States. Protective’s flagship company, Protective Life Insurance Company, is 109 years old and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The over 2400 Protective employees are located across the United States in several major operating locations, including Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO, Cincinnati, OH, and Brentwood, TN. In 2015, the company’s total revenues were $3.7 billion. Rich left his home in New York City to join Protective in 1991 and has been an integral part of the Company’s success over the years.
In addition to his role at Protective, Rich is an active member of the community. He currently serves on the board of United Way of C
entral Alabama and has been a supporter and volunteer to the United Way here in Alabama for 25 years. He also serves on the Boards of The Alabama Trust Fund and Children’s of Alabama. Rich and his wife, Tracey, are members of the Tocqueville Society.
President and CEO
With his degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, at Greensboro, Drew joined the United Way movement in 1988 in Greensboro, NC. In 1991, he moved to Birmingham as VP Resource
Development for United Way of Central Alabama and completed his MBA at Samford University. He left Birmingham for Baltimore in 1999 to become the Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Marketing for United Way of Central Maryland and in 2004, became President and Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Delaware.
He returned to Birmingham in 2008 as President and CEO, with a vision to elevate UWCA to a top model for making lasting changes to complex problems. To solve today’s problems, he believes it will take non profit agencies, municipalities, corporations, foundations, academic, and faith communities working together with a common focus.