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New Advisory Board Member Added

First Landmark Bank President Terry DeWitt announces the addition of Ginny Rainey to the Bank’s Advisory Board. Ms. Rainey is the President and CEO of Mills Specialty Metals, headquartered in Cobb County.

Ms. Rainey is a life-long resident of Marietta and serves in the community as current president of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association.  Bank president Terry DeWitt stated, “For our Advisory Board, we look for business owners and professionals who impact our market through their business and community influence. Ginny Rainey’s experience allows her to offer fresh insight on how we are performing as a bank serving in Marietta and Cobb County.”

Other Advisory Board members include:  Advisory Board Chairman Chris Foster, Whitehead Electric;   David Cochran, Paces Properties, Inc.; Dr. Joseph A. Havlik, Jr., West Georgia Infectious Diseases; Evelyn Hedden, Cotton States Premier Properties, LLC; Amy Weber, Taylor English Duma, LLP; Randy Meyer, 3PD; Chris Poston, Traton Homes; Whit Smith, Real Estate Broker; Dr. Cameron B. Watson, Atlanta West Family Dentistry.

Allison Coley Hired as Controller

First Landmark Bank President Terry DeWitt announces the hiring of Allison Coley as Vice President and Controller with responsibilities including preparing financial statements and regulatory filings, overseeing the internal audit and information technology functions, and managing the day-to-day accounting activities.  In his announcement, Mr. DeWitt stated, “Allison is a dedicated accountant with significant bank auditing and financial accounting experience, and we are fortunate to hire someone of her caliber.”

Ms. Coley has been in the financial industry for the past four years in a similar position with Quantum National Bank in Suwanee.  The previous five years she was with Porter Keadle Moore as a senior auditor, where she managed a broad range of professional service engagements specializing in accounting, auditing and business advisory services to financial service clients. 

Ms. Coley received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in 2000, followed by a Masters of Accountancy there in 2001.  Professionally she is affiliated with the Georgia Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association, and she is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta.  Her community involvement includes the Ronald McDonald House and the Chastain Therapeutic Horse Park.

Bank Hires Veteran Banker Jimmy Williamson

First Landmark Bank President Terry DeWitt announces the hiring of veteran banker Jimmy Williamson as Senior Vice President with responsibilities in commercial lending and business development. In his announcement, Mr. DeWitt stated, “First Landmark is fortunate to bring on board a well-respected, experienced lender that has a history in the Marietta and Cobb communities. We are in the business of helping local companies and individuals succeed, and Jimmy shares that philosophy and possesses the experience to expertly consult with his clients.”

Mr. Williamson has been in the financial industry for over 25 years and has been involved in commercial lending since 1993, with responsibilities increasing to senior level lending beginning in 1998 when he joined Marietta-based Southern National Bank (now United Community). He comes to First Landmark from the Johns Creek Office of Southcrest Bank.

Additionally, his background includes extensive credit experience gained at Barnett Bank (now Bank of America) from 1984-1992. At First Landmark Bank, he will join the commercial lending department headed by EVP/Chief Lending officer Terri Bunten Guthrie.

Mr. Williamson, a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Major in Finance, holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University, completed in 1982 with a Major in Finance. During his career, he has instructed classes in the Atlanta area through the American Institute of Banking and Omega Commercial Lending studies.

Prior to relocating professionally to the Johns Creek area in 2008, Mr. Williamson was an active member of Marietta Kiwanis, local business associations, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association. Mr. Williamson is a resident of East Cobb.

Terri Bunten Guthrie Elected to Board

(Marietta, GA) – On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, the Board of Directors of First Landmark Bank elected Terri Bunten Guthrie as a member of the Board of Directors.

As Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Ms. Guthrie serves with Bank Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Francis, President and Chief Operating Officer Terry DeWitt and Chairman of the Board John Moore to comprise the Executive Management of First Landmark Bank. Her responsibilities included directing the bank’s commercial lending, credit and business development efforts.

Previously Ms. Guthrie was Senior Vice President and Community Executive for Bank of North Georgia in Cobb County and Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer with Security Exchange Bank, also in Cobb.  A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Ms. Guthrie is an active member of many non-profit organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for the Center for Family Resources and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, where she is also the Chair for the Academy of Women Leaders governing board.  In addition to these, she has been an active advocate, fundraiser and volunteer in various community special projects including the American Heart Association, United Arts of Cobb, and the American Cancer Society.  Ms. Guthrie is also a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and served as its president in 2005-2006.


(Marietta, GA) – On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, the Board of Directors of First Landmark Bank elected Terrence Y. DeWitt to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors and, simultaneously, elected Ronald H. Francis to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board and continuing as Chief Executive Officer.

Local attorney John H. Moore, who serves as the bank’s Chairman of the Board, stated, “In planning First Landmark Bank, Ron Francis and I discussed the timeline for when he would devote his time to the Bank’s strategic direction and business development and less time to the day-to-day operations.   Effective September 1, 2011, Terry DeWitt, who has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of First Landmark Bank since its 2008 inception, will assume the responsibilities of President and COO.”

Chairman Moore continued, “We are fortunate to already have within the Bank someone who can seamlessly step into the position of President.  ­­Terry has played a key role in the Bank’s success to this point, and the Board enthusiastically supports his ability to continue the momentum of the Bank’s growth.”

Mr. DeWitt serves with Mr. Francis, bank Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Terri Bunten Guthrie and Chairman Moore to comprise the Executive Management of First Landmark Bank.  His responsibilities have included financial management and reporting, asset liability management, investment and liquidity management, risk management, and operations.  As president, he will add the responsibilities of directing senior management and overseeing all day-to-day operations.   

Previously Mr. DeWitt was with New South Federal Savings Bank in Irondale, Alabama, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.  He has also served as Senior Vice President/CFO of Financial Investors of the South, Inc./Bank of Alabama in Birmingham Alabama, and as Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of National Bank of Commerce (now Cadence Bank) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  In 1998 DeWitt received the Outstanding Young Banker Award from the Alabama Bankers Association.

His experience in Cobb County includes serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chattahoochee Financial Corporation and The Chattahoochee Bank in Marietta from 1986 to 1990.  He began his career with Price Waterhouse in Atlanta in 1983. 

Mr. DeWitt is a 1983 graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  He is a member of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, the Marietta Country Club, and the Rotary Club of Marietta, where he was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow.  He serves on the Board of Directors and is Finance Committee Chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Cobb Community Collaborative.

First Landmark Bank named Top 25 Small Business

At the Cobb Chamber First Monday Breakfast held this morning at the Atlanta-Northwest Marriott, the AJC and the Chamber recognized First Landmark Bank as a Top 25 Small Business of the Year.  Accepting the award plaque for the Bank were Ron Francis, Terri Bunten and Terry DeWitt.

Also recognized were business owners from 24 other well-deserving small businesses, some of which are our clients.  We also congratulate Amber Burckhalter, owner of K-9 Coach Bed & Bark, this year’s Cobb Chamber Small Business of the Year.  Please enjoy the photos from this morning’s exciting breakfast. 

Special Alert for our Clients

SUBJECT: Fraudulent E-Mails Claiming to Be From the FDIC
Summary: E-mails that claim to be from the FDIC are reportedly in circulation.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of fraudulent e-mails that have the appearance of being from the FDIC.

The e-mails appear to be sent from various “@fdic.gov” e-mail addresses, such as “subscriptions@fdic.gov,” “alert@fdic.gov,” or “accounts@fdic.gov.”

They have subject lines that read: “FDIC: Your business account” or “FDIC: About Your Business Account.”

The e-mails are addressed to “Business Customer” or “Business Owner” and state “We have important information about your bank” or “…financial institution.” They then ask recipients to “Please click here to find details.”

They conclude with, “This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership.”

These e-mails and the link included are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider the intent of these e-mails as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users’ computers. Recipients should NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mails and should NOT, under any circumstances, provide any personal financial information through this media.

Consumers should be aware that other subject lines and modifications to the e-mails may occur over time. The FDIC does not directly contact consumers in this manner nor does the FDIC request personal financial information from consumers.

For more information, visit the FDIC’s Website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2011/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through email, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

First Landmark Named Top 25 Small Business

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce has named First Landmark Bank one of their Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year.  “We are excited to be included in an elite group of local small businesses,” said bank president Ron Francis, “and consider it an honor to be selected in our first year of eligibility for the award.” 

First Landmark Bank will be recognized at the Chamber’s First Monday breakfast, June 6, 2011.  For a complete list of the Chamber’s Top 25 businesses, please go to http://www.cobbchamber.org/sboy .

Limited Edition Greeting Cards For Sale

First Landmark Bank is pleased to present the 2010-2011  limited-edition greeting card entitled “Remembrance”, masterfully painted by local artist Nita Burge.

For the second consecutive year, First Landmark Bank commissioned an oil-on-canvas painting for the specific purpose of creating greeting cards to raise funds to benefit the community.  All proceeds from the sale of the 2010 cards will be donated to two local organizations, The Extension and Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society.  We invite you to visit the Bank at 307 N. Marietta Parkway to purchase gift-boxed sets of 12 cards, for $10 - cash or check – and view the masterful original.  The cards are available for purchase in the banking office and are available while supplies last.  

For more information, contact First Landmark Bank at 770-792-8870.

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First Landmark Bank Holds Topping Out Ceremony for New Office Under Construction

First Landmark Bank held a Topping Out ceremony today at its new banking and corporate headquarters building currently under construction on the North Marietta Parkway at Cole Street.

As is tradition at a Topping Out ceremony, bank representatives John Moore and Ron Francis and building consultant and construction manager Joe Kassler of Level5 recognized and thanked the steel workers who are the first to reach the top of the building. All ceremony guests and construction field workers were asked to sign the ceremonial beam, which had been painted white. Following a prayer by Marietta Ward 5 City Councilman Anthony Coleman, in which he prayed for the safety of all workers to come behind to finish the building, the beam was raised to the building’s highest point where two steel workers bolted it in place.

In addition to raising the beam, a large U.S. flag was on display on the top of the building in celebration of the business and industry taking place on the construction site. Others attending the ceremony were Mayor Bill Dunaway; bank directors Steve Cole, Bob Krause, Linda McKinley and Woody Snell, advisory board chairman Chris Foster, and bank officers Terri Bunten and Terry DeWitt, among others, of First Landmark Bank; John Wise and Laurie Lane, Summer/Wise & Associates (architect); Rev. Martha Randall, Union Chapel United Methodist Church; and representatives from project contractors White Hawk, Gaskins, EWM Electrical, Midway, GEM and Quality Concrete. The planned three-story, 22,000 square foot building has an estimated completion date of March 2010.

First Landmark Bank opened in March 2008 with $21 million in capital and through June 30, 2009 grew to over $75 million in total assets. The bank’s temporary location is 48 Atlanta Street, two blocks south of the Marietta Square. Level5, a Cobb County-based financial facilities consultant and design-build firm is the general contractor for the project.