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Board Names Francis Chairman; DeWitt CEO

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the Board of Directors of First Landmark Bank continued its succession plan begun in August 2011 by electing Ronald H. Francis to the position of Chairman of the Board and adding Chief Executive Officer to the title of President Terrence Y. DeWitt.  Immediate Past Chairman John Moore made the announcement at the bank’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  

John H. Moore, who has served as Chairman of the Board since inception, remains a valued member of the Board of Directors and will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee.  Mr. Moore 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 less time to the day-to-day operations.   The experience he has gained in the three Cobb County de novo banks he guided and grown as well as the wealth of experience and contacts he has gained in his 44-year banking career makes him uniquely qualified to take the reins of Chairman.  These two fine executive officers assumed the responsibilities associated with their new titles effective April 17, 2013.”

Chairman Moore continued, “Since his election as President and Chief Operating officer in August of 2011, Mr. DeWitt has shown himself to be an effective leader, risk manager and strategist.  Having previously served as the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, we were fortunate to have someone of his experience and caliber in the Bank’s employ since its inception.  ­­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 bank Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Terri Bunten Guthrie and Chairman Francis to comprise the Executive Management of First Landmark Bank. 

Previously President 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 named a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. DeWitt serves on the Board of Directors and is Finance Committee Chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of the Cobb Community Collaborative.

Bauer Financial Gives Bank Superior 5-Star Rating

First Landmark Bank, Marietta, Georgia is proud to be recognized as a superior 5-Star rated bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., a national bank rating and research firm.  Bauer Financial’s rating system is based upon an analysis of current financial data as supplied by federal banking regulators, with the 5-Star rating indicating the Bank’s solid capital position, profitability, sound asset quality, and balance sheet strength.

“The Board and I commend the Bank’s staff for their exceptional service since our 2008 opening,” said bank Vice Chairman and CEO Ron Francis. “The commercial banking industry has been in turmoil since our opening, and we are pleased to see community banks, like First Landmark, prosper and thrive.  Our officers and employees are difference makers not only on behalf of the bank, but of the community as well.  We are proud to receive this superior rating from BauerFinancial.”

First Landmark Bank, headquartered at 307 N. Marietta Parkway in Marietta, specializes in serving businesses and professionals in Cobb County. The bank’s experienced staff has an appreciation for business and consumer clients who desire relationship-oriented banking. The bank’s traditional product offering also includes the ability to provide sophisticated, user-friendly electronic banking and cash management services.

First Landmark Bank is not a publicly traded company and has approximately 250 shareholders, most of which reside and/or work in Marietta, Cobb County and northwest Atlanta.  The Bank opened in March 2008 with approximately $21 million in capital, and as of  December 31, 2012, has grown to $192.4 million in total assets.  For more information about First Landmark Bank, visit www.firstlandmarkonline.com or call 770.792-8870.

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BauerFinancial, Inc. Coral Gables, Florida, a national independent bank and credit union rating research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded.  Consumers may obtain star-ratings at no charge by visiting www.bauerfinancial.com.

For current financial data on First Landmark Bank, go to www.fdic.gov.

Artist Lois McKinstry Now Showing on Landmark Arts Wall

Several works of Marietta artist Lois McKinstry are now on display on the Landmark Arts Wall, Terrace Level, at First Landmark Bank.  A retired nurse and long-time artist, Lois uses a variety of artistic mediums in her work.  The display is a sampling of her work and represents her creations spanning several decades.  We invite you to visit the Bank and view her beautiful offerings, which will be on display until May 20. 

First Landmark Bank takes delight in inviting local amateur artists to display their art work on the Landmark Arts Wall.  If you are such an artist, or know of one that may be interested, please contact Renee White at 770.792.8870.

Bank Hosting Open House to Thank Clients and Community

You are invited to our Open House on March 25-27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day.

First Landmark Bank opened on March 24, 2008, and we are celebrating our 5 year anniversary.  We want to show our thanks to our clients and community for making these five years, 5 great years!

We invite you to stop in, enjoy some nostalgic candy and ice-cold soda, register for some great door prizes, and celebrate with us.

We truly mean ‘Our Landmark is Your Landmark.’  We hope you’ll come by and bring your family, friends, or office colleagues.

For more information about this event, please contact 770.792.8870 or info@firstlandmarkonline.com.

Board Votes to Promote Pitstick and Mize

First Landmark Bank President Terry DeWitt announces the promotion of Heather Pitstick to Senior Vice President and Ashley Mize to Assistant Vice President/Bank Office Manager.  In his announcement, Mr. DeWitt stated, “The promotions for Ms. Pitstick and Ms. Mize represent their respective contributions to First Landmark Bank since its opening in March of 2008. Their service level standards and professionalism for the past five years aided the Bank to its current level of success, and I am pleased to announce these promotions.”

Ms. Pitstick is an experienced commercial lender of all types of commercial credits. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kennesaw State University and has been in the Cobb County banking market for the past 16 years and has served clients in a variety of industries and specialties during that time.  Ms. Pitstick is an alumnus of Leadership Cobb and a member of Marietta Civitan, where she is a past president and two-time recipient of Civitan of the Year in her chapter.

In banking since 2003, Ms. Mize has served as First Landmark Bank’s bank office manager since its inception in 2008.  In addition to her responsibilities as manager, she is also the Bank’s consumer lender.  Ms. Mize received an Associate of Applied Science in Business from Georgia Highlands College.  She is a member of Marietta Civitan and is actively involved in the Women’s Ministry Society at New Light Baptist Church.

Bank Hires Roseanne Sims and David Ascher

First Landmark Bank President Terry DeWitt announces the hiring of Roseanne Sims as Vice President/Senior Credit Analyst and David Ascher as Senior Vice President/Treasury Management Services.  In his announcement, Mr. DeWitt stated, “As First Landmark Bank continues to grow and expand, we are pleased to add these two banking professionals who have significant experience in their field of expertise and will be an asset to the Bank.”

Ms. Sims is a credit professional with responsibilities including loan underwriting and reviewing analysis of all types of commercial credits. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shorter College; graduated in May 2000 from the GBA’s Georgia Banking School at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia;  and received her Masters of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, Atlanta, in 2004. She is a member of the Risk Management Association (RMA), serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Chapter 2004-2005. In the banking industry since 1993, Ms. Sims has held various positions with responsibilities centered in credit and risk administration.

Mr. Ascher cultivates strong relationships between bank clients, their commercial banking officer and the Bank by analyzing client need, and presenting and supporting treasury management services.  He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CPT) and a member of the Association for Financial Professionals.  Mr. Ascher received a Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance at American University, Washington D.C.  In the banking industry since 1989, he began his focus on treasury management services in 1997 before joining Synovus in 1999, where he grew their department and impact in the Atlanta banking market.  Mr. Ascher’s role then expanded with Synovus and he became Regional Sales Manager for their Tennessee and North Georgia region. Most recently, Mr. Ascher was Group Sales Manager of Treasury Management Services for all Synovus affiliated banks until 2012.

February 6, 2013

Four Named to Bank Advisory Board

First Landmark Bank President Terry DeWitt announces the addition of four new members to the Bank’s Advisory Board. Chris Bailey, partner with Crace Galvis McGrath, LLC; Jacque Locarnini, owner of Southeast Scientific Repair, Inc.; Richy Stephens, principal with Newport Development, LLC; and Emily Yessick,  Chief Administrative Officer of United Medical Response. 

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. Their experience provides for fresh insight on how we are performing as a bank and serving the community in Marietta and Cobb County.”

Other Advisory Board members include:  Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Cameron Watson, Atlanta West Family Dentistry; Roger Davis, Red Hare Brewing Company LLC; Peter Hungerbuhler, JPH Properties/Cotton States Premier Properties; Dawn Levine, Lyle & Levine; Chris Poston, Traton Homes; and Ginny Rainey, Mills Specialty Metals LLC.

January 31, 2013
Marietta, Georgia

Notice: Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) Set to Expire

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN TEMPORARY FDIC INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR
NON-INTEREST BEARING TRANSACTION ACCOUNTS
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, temporary unlimited deposit insurance coverage for noninterest-bearing transaction accounts (NIBTAs), including Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs), is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012.

Absent a change in law, beginning January 1, 2013, the FDIC no longer will provide separate, unlimited deposit insurance coverage on NIBTAs.  NIBTAs will be insured by the FDIC to $250,000, the same level afforded to all deposit accounts in FDIC member banks.

First Landmark Bank is taking a reasonable step to provide adequate advance notice to NIBTA depositors so that they may consider the impact of any change in coverage in the management of these transaction accounts. 

For updates regarding this matter, please speak to one of the Bank’s Financial Specialists at 770.792.8870 or visit the FDIC website at www.fdic.gov or the Bank website at www.firstlandmarkonline.com.

2012 Limited Edition Landmark Greeting Cards Now Available

For the fourth consecutive year, First Landmark Bank commissioned local artist Nita Burge to paint a local landmark which is, in turn, photographed and printed as all-occassion greeting cards.  This year’s painting subject is the Chattahoochee River, and the painting is entitled River of Painted Rocks. 

The gift-boxed set of 12 blank cards are available for $10 per box and can be purchased in the banking office of First Landmark Bank, 307 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, while supplies last.  All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be donated to The Cottage School, a local non-profit school that provides personal instruction to a student population that experiences exceptional challenges in a larger school environment.

Your questions about purchasing the greeting cards can be directed to info@firstlandmarkonline.com or to 770.792.8870. 

Did you know?  The Chattahoochee River, which flows along the southern border of Cobb County, originates from a tiny spring in the foothills of the Appalachians.  “Chattahoochee” is an Indian word meaning “river of painted rocks.”  For the Creek and Cherokee Indians, the River aided in farming, commerce and transportion from North Georgia to the Gulf.  Today, the River is a source of recreation in Cobb County and serves as a scenic landmark in the region.

Come into First Landmark Bank and purchase your limited edition cards today.  They make nice stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, hostess gifts…and don’t forget to purchase some for yourself.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Biz Pay Upgrade – Coming November 26th

First Landmark Bank is committed to delivering quality products and services to the businesses we serve.  In order to deliver on this mission, we are pleased to announce that the Bank will be upgrading eConnect Platinum BIZ PAY 3.2 on November 26, 2012.  This new version of business bill payment provides market-leading enhancements to our current offering, including:

  • Faster payments; send electronic payments next day in some cases
  • Earliest available payment date displayed dynamically for each biller
  • Consolidated view of bills and payments within the Payment Center
  • Initiate multiple payments at one time
  • Streamline paying multiple invoices with a single payment
  • Add billers easily with as little as a name or phone number with Quick Add
  • Bill reminders for incoming bills and their due dates

If you have previously ‘bookmarked’ the eConnect Platinum BIZ PAY 3.2 URL as a favorite, you will automatically be redirected to the new URL.   We encourage you to delete the former URL and add the new URL to your favorites.

The upgrade to eConnect Platinum BIZ PAY 4.0 will take place on November 26, 2012.  First Landmark Bank appreciates your continued patronage and looks forward to offering these new and innovative features for your business.

If you have questions about your current eConnect Platinum BIZ PAY account or would like to establish this service on your First Landmark Bank account, please contact branch@firstlandmarkonline.com or phone 770.79.28870 and ask to speak to a Financial Specialist.