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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.

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.

BANK NAMES NEW PRESIDENT/COO

(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 Hires Beth Kornegay-Tyler

August 6, 2010 (Marietta, Ga.)— First Landmark Bank President Ron Francis announces the addition of Senior Vice President Beth Kornegay-Tyler as a commercial lender and business development officer for the Bank. In his announcement, Mr. Francis said, “First Landmark is fortunate to bring on board a well-respected, experienced lender. We are in the business to help local companies and individuals succeed, and Beth shares that philosophy and possesses the experience to expertly consult with her clients.”

Mrs. Kornegay-Tyler, who is from a banking family, received her BBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia. Beth has been in the financial industry for over 30 years most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Private Banking Relationship Management with Bank of North Georgia. Her background includes extensive experience and management of all types of personal, small business and commercial relationships with a strong emphasis on professional lines of business for all types of bank products and lending services. Additionally, Beth has excellent experience in the recognition and organization of bank client relationships in serving as a liaison to wealth management, trust, and estate planning professionals for individuals and businesses.

Mrs. Kornegay-Tyler is a past Chairperson, Treasurer, and Vice President of Events for the North Buckhead Kiwanis Club and most recently for school fundraising events where Beth resides with her family in the Sandy Springs/Perimeter area. As an Atlanta native, she is very familiar with and known to many in all surrounding Municipalities to include Marietta.

First Landmark Bank opened as a state-chartered de novo bank in March 2008. The Bank recently relocated to its new corporate headquarters and banking office located at 307 North Marietta Parkway in Marietta. At this location, the Bank now offers drive-thru banking, a night depository and an ATM. The Bank offers traditional banking products and services, and additional on-line banking, cash management and remote deposit banking services. Member FDIC.

First Landmark Bank is not a publicly traded company and has approximately 250 shareholders, most of whom reside and/or work in Marietta, Cobb County and northwest Atlanta. The Bank opened in March 2008 with approximately $21 million in capital, and by June 30, 2010, the Bank had grown to over $140 million in total assets.

First Landmark Bank Hires Jan L. Elrod

Marietta, Ga. (July 13, 2009)— First Landmark Bank president Ronald H. Francis recently announced the hiring of Jan L. Elrod as Vice President of Loan Operations and as Compliance Officer. Ms. Elrod‘s responsibilities will include loan operations and post-closing review of consumer and commercial loans and overseeing the Bank’s compliance and Community Reinvestment Act functions.

Ms. Elrod has served in the local banking markets for over 20 years and was most recently with a local community bank for six years. A life-long Marietta resident, Ms. Elrod graduated from Wheeler High School and continued her education through numerous banking schools, courses and specific training in her field with the American Bankers Association, the Georgia Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association. In May 2009, Ms. Elrod received her CRCM designation following completion of all requirements and examination for the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager designation.

“We are pleased that Jan agreed to join First Landmark Bank,” stated President Ron Francis, “As she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her and will be a tremendous benefit to us in both areas as we continue to grow.”

First Landmark Bank opened in March 2008 and is the only bank headquartered in the City of Marietta. Located one block south of the Marietta Square at 48 Atlanta Street in temporary quarters, the Bank recently broke ground on its permanent banking facility at the intersection of the North Marietta Parkway and Cole Street in Marietta, scheduled for completion March 2010.

First Landmark Bank Adds Two Lenders

January 13, 2009 (Marietta, Ga.)- First Landmark Bank president Ron Francis announces the addition of Senior Vice President Vivian Battershill-Diaz and Vice President Jason Waters as commercial lenders and business development officers for the bank. In his announcement, Mr. Francis said, “First Landmark is fortunate to bring on board two well-respected, experienced lenders who have strong ties to the Marietta-Cobb community served by our bank. We are in the business to help local companies and individuals succeed, and Vivian and Jason share that philosophy.”

A graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Ms. Battershill-Diaz has been in banking for fourteen years at Bank of America and the former SouthTrust, Washington Mutual and Colonial Bank. She is experienced in commercial real estate lending and in general business loans, also called C&I Lending (Commercial and Industrial). Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Battershill-Diaz is active in the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic American Center for Economic Development. Ms. Battershill-Diaz resides in Kennesaw.

Mr. Waters, who received his BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, has been in the financial industry for ten years beginning as a credit analyst for the former First Union bank and more recently as a lender/business development officer with the Georgian Bank. His lending background includes C&I lending and real estate lending, and he also holds insurance licensing. Mr. Waters is active in the Cobb Chamber, the Rotary Club of Marietta and is President-elect of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association. He resides in Marietta.

First Landmark Bank opened as a state-chartered de novo bank in March 2008 and is headquartered at 48 Atlanta Street in Marietta. During 2009 the bank’s permanent building (approx. 20,000 sq. ft.) will be under construction at the intersection of the North Marietta Parkway and Cole Street in Marietta. The bank offers traditional banking products and services, and additional on-line banking, cash management and remote deposit banking services.