Over the course of his career, Sylvester Lavender has led, developed and managed successful teams in fast-paced environments, building and managing several organizations’ financial and administrative infrastructures. He has served as a key member of several executive management teams, improving stakeholder value while meeting their strategic short and long-term goals.
A certified public accountant, Sylvester oversees Markstein’s financial operations and accounting functions while helping to drive both short- and long-term growth of the agency. Sylvester works closely with account managers and subject matter experts, as well as with the company’s leadership team to manage and optimize the agency’s financial position.
Prior to joining Markstein, Sylvester was the director of finance for the Birmingham Airport Authority and served as the Interim CEO for 11 months, during which time he successfully completed the financial management of a $201 million bond financed Terminal Modernization Project, on time and under budget, and managed a $47 million, CFC financed CONRAC Project and a $5 million CNG gas station.
Sylvester previously served as an accounting officer for the University of Alabama Health System, and the financial officer for UAB Hospital. He developed the UAB Health System’s software capitalization policy, created and maintained databases to capture resources for major capital projects. Before joining UAB, Sylvester was the president and CFO of the Jefferson Community Development Federal Credit Union, which he established for eastern Jefferson County serving over 100,000 people. He developed lending, checking account, saving account, mortgage, debit card, debt counseling and ACH programs. He grew the credit union’s assets to $1.7 million in the first year of operation.
Sylvester served as president of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (1998-2000), served as the Year 2000 Planning Conference Committee Representative for the National American Association of Blacks in Energy. Sylvester graduated from the University of Alabama in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.