Phishing Alert – Be Smart. Be Suspicious.
In unrelated phishing scams, the IRS and Target are asking the general public to be vigilant in protecting their private information. Read more to learn more about how you can protect your identify and your accounts.
IRS WARNS OF NATIONWIDE PHONE SCAM
The IRS today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid promptly through a wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. The Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number. Telephone caller ID will appear that it is the IRS calling. The IRS does not telephone taxpayers to request private information and will never ask for PINs, passwords or confidential access to credit cards, bank or other accounts. If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should report the incident to the Treasurey Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800.366.4484. You should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistance at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
TARGET DATA BREACH AND YOUR VULNERABILITY
Victims of the Target data breach are vulnerable to phishing attacks now. Remember:
1. Banks do not ask for account numbers and other sensitive personal information by email. If you have responded to a suspicious email, contact your bank immediately so it can help protect your account and your identity.
2. Never give our your personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited phone call, fax or email, no matter how official it may seem. Do not respond to emails that request such information or that threaten you.
3. Check your credit card and bank accounts statements regularly and look for unauthorized transactions, even small ones. Report discrepancies immediately.
4. Report suspicious activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
Other good practices to minimize the risk of becoming a victim:
-Keep a clean computer by having the latest security software, web browser and operating system.
-Make passwords long and strong.
-Connect with care. If an email or attachment looks suspicious, delete it. Be savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots and limit the type of businss you conduct.
-Think before you act. If it sounds too good to be true, be wary of its legitimacy. It could be, and probably is, an attempt to scam you.
Collecting Mac & Cheese, Please
First Landmark Bank is collecting non-perishable boxes of macaroni and cheese to benefit Center for Family Resources’ 2013 Thanks for Giving initiative. CFR has a number of organizations, especially student school groups, that collect thousands of canned goods. Our idea was to collect mac & cheese to add variety to the CFR food boxes. These boxes are given out by CFR to families who have difficulty keeping food on their table.
We will be collecting the boxes of mac & cheese in the banking office located at 307 N Marietta Parkway in Marietta, through November 11th. We invite you to participate with us in this meaningful food drive.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com or by calling First Landmark Bank at 770.792.8870.
Online Banking Getting New Look and Features
A new look for the First Landmark Bank eConnect and eConnect Platinum Online Banking Systems has arrived.
In November 2013, First Landmark Bank upgraded the eConnect and (business) eConnect Platinum online banking system. The upgrade enhances your banking experience with a new look and convenient, immediate access to features you use most often. You will enjoy more efficient views of accounts and navigations to choose from. The upgrade also includes a new overview page that will allow you to review account balances and recent transactions, along with the ability to perform transfers quickly.
Check out the new release as we strive to provide you banking tools that will meet your present and future banking needs.
New Platinum MasterCard Program Now Available
First Landmark Bank is pleased to announce a new Platinum MasterCard program, available to businesses and individuals that includes choice of rewards points or cash back option with no annual program fee. Below are additional benefits available with the new Platinum MasterCard*:
- No annual credit card fee
- Competitive Annual Percentage Rate
- Online access to all of your credit card activity information
- 24/7 customer support
- Credit card protection, assistance and savings
*Subject to credit approval.
Learn more about the Platinum MasterCard program from the Bank’s Financial Specialists by calling 770.792.8870.
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.
First Landmark Bank. Turn to Us.
# # # # #
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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