ATLANTA, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameris
Bancorp (NASDAQ: ABCB), the parent company of Ameris
Bank, announces growth strategies in high-impact markets –
including building and deepening a team of seasoned banking
experts, expanding its overall market presence and investing
significantly in its technology infrastructure – as the company
continues to execute its plans for strategic growth and
"We have a clear vision for how Ameris
Bank can be most impactful to businesses in our markets,"
says Chief Executive Officer Palmer
Proctor. "We are serious about growing our business.
Ameris Bank's balance sheet is
strong, affording us the opportunity, even during these
unprecedented times, to make meaningful investments in our banking
leadership, existing and new markets, cash management and lending
offerings and technological infrastructure."
Curating a Seasoned, Highly Regarded, Expert Banking Team
Across the Southeast
Bank is deepening its commercial team with the bank's
expansion into Tampa and
Greenville, its new market
strategies in Augusta and
Charlotte and its advancement of
the treasury and cash management division. The following long
tenured and expert bankers have been tabbed to lead these
- Brian Parks has
joined the bank as regional president overseeing most of the bank's
Florida markets spanning from
Jacksonville to Orlando to Tampa. Previously he was with SunTrust, now
Truist, for 22 years, where he served as a regional leader, banking
commercial and middle market relationships across the
- Greg Clark joins the
bank as market president for the South Carolina Upstate overseeing
Ameris Bank's evolving growth
Spartanburg and surrounding
South Carolina markets. Before
coming to Ameris Bank, he was an
executive director for middle market banking with JP Morgan
- Remer Brinson comes
to Ameris Bank as regional president
leading new market strategies in Augusta and growth in Ameris's established
Savannah market. Prior to joining Ameris
Bank, he was with State Bank and Trust serving as the
president of their Georgia bank
operations overseeing the commercial and retail operations,
treasury services, mortgage and correspondent banking sectors.
- Manuel Rey will be
joining the bank as middle market banking executive for
North Carolina leading the new
market strategies in Charlotte.
Previously he was a regional banking executive with Fifth Third
- Keith Flynn has
joined the bank as director of treasury services, with over 33
years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining
Ameris Bank, he was senior vice
president and treasury management sales executive for Regions Bank
for 12 years.
- Michael Coady has
joined the bank as retail director, bringing over 20 years of
executive banking experience for multi-branch community and
commercial operations. He was previously the relationship
management managing director for First Republic Bank.
"These individuals bring years of experience and proven success
to our bank. Their knowledge, supported by our bank's
community-first approach to banking, will be a tremendous resource
for our current and future business clients," shares Ameris Bank
President Lawton Bassett. "Their
banking expertise enables us to further expand our reach and
showcase our expansive commercial banking and treasury suite to
commercial clients of all sizes."
Expanding Market Presence
Last year (2019) was
a record year for Ameris Bank, with
net income hitting $161.4 million.
Throughout 2020, Ameris Bank
continues to effectively and efficiently navigate the obstacles
presented by the global pandemic. The bank is leveraging its
financial strength – approaching new markets and further developing
relationships in existing markets.
Bassett explains, "Business owners have a great deal to think
about right now, especially as the economic climate continues to
change. Our approach – hiring seasoned, highly regarded bankers,
equipping them with a robust and optimized cash management platform
and a nimble environment – is well planned and already being
Acceleration of Technology and Cash Management
Ameris Bank also
continues to make substantial investments to its secure, dependable
and scalable technological infrastructure. This is propelling the
continual advancement of customized account management tools,
integrated customer access channels and robust, optimized cash
"We recognize consumers prefer to make purchases using
touch-free technology, and many business owners need to make
deposits directly from their place of business," shares Director of
Treasury Services Keith Flynn.
"Recognizing the limitations and necessities of the times and
understanding this as a new standard for the future, we are focused
on accelerating our digital offerings, giving business owners
access to point of sale solutions ranging from full stations to
flexible terminals, to online payment remittance, remote deposit
capture and cash vaults to name a few."
Proctor and Bassett are both open
about the economic challenges presented during this time. But,
according to Proctor, "We have quickly adapted to this new
operating environment and our diverse lines of business are
performing well. We are measured in our approach for continued
growth and expansion strategies in both existing and emerging
markets, which will create sustainable and profitable growth for
years to come."
manages over $18 billion in assets
and nearly 300 financial centers across the Southeast.
Headquartered in Atlanta,
Ameris Bank is fiercely committed to
bringing financial peace of mind to the communities it serves. A
subsidiary of Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ: ABCB), Ameris Bank offers a full range of financial
services, including traditional banking and lending products,
treasury and cash management, wealth management, insurance premium
financing, and mortgage and refinancing solutions. Learn more about
Ameris Bank and its full range of
financial services at www.amerisbank.com.
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