A Memphis native, Mr. Pontius received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1977. Later that year, he joined the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), where he completed his requirements as a CPA and was promoted to audit manager.
Mr. Pontius left accounting in 1983 to pursue a career in financial management. After three years with manufacturing concerns, he became the Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Memphis in 1986, a post he held until 1991. During his tenure, all six city budgets developed did not require a tax increase.
In 1991, he joined Pitt Hyde, the Chairman and CEO of AutoZone, as a special assistant. He was responsible for investment, family business and philanthropic management for the Hyde family as well as management of the AutoZone Governmental and Community Relations departments and other special projects for the company. In 1998, the two of them formed Pittco Management to concentrate on the growing activities of the Hyde family. Mr. Pontius serves as President.
He has or currently serves on the board of numerous civic organizations, including The University of Tennessee, J. R. Hyde Family Foundations, Christian Brothers University, Greater Memphis Arts Council, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Riverfront Development Corporation and Memphis in May International Festival. He is married to the former Patricia Bistolfi. They have two sons.