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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or phone 770.79.28870 and ask to speak to a Financial Specialist.
Be Alert! New Fraud Attempt Explained Here
Bank Clients should be alert to the following ‘phishing’ fraud attempt.
Whenever you receive an email like the following example that has just been received by a client and others and reported, NEVER click on the link provided. It is always safe business practice to contact your vendors using the contact information THEY provide, not from a random email regardless of how ‘official’ it appears. This particular fraud attempt targeted payroll processing. Notice the spelling error of the word “removed” in the first bullet point. Or perhaps the writer misused the word ‘revoked’ instead. Many times fraud perpetrators are international and not adept at English. Unusual words, misspelled words, unusual phrases — all are ‘red flags’ and should not be ignored.
THIS IS THE ACTUAL ‘FRAUDULENT’ EMAIL CURRENTLY BEING ROUTED TO RANDOM PERSONAL AND BUSINESS EMAIL ADDRESSES:
Direct Deposit Service Informer
We processed your payroll on November 1, 2012 at 365 PM Pacific Time.
- Money would be revoked from the Checking account number ending in: XXX3 on November 2, 2012.
- total to be left: $2 465.98
- Paychecks would be deferred to your workforce’ accounts on: November, 2, 2012
- Sign In to Overview Details
Funds are typically departed before business banking hours so please be sure you have enough Cash on the account by 12 a.m. on the date Funds are to be withdrawn.
Intuit must process your payroll by 4 p.m. Eastern time, two banking days before your paycheck date or your personnel will not be paid on time. QuickBooks does not process payrolls on weekends or federal banking holidays. A list of federal banking holidays can be viewed at the Federal Reserve website.
Thank you for your business.
Intuit Payroll Services
Read More About “Phishing” Here And Be Alert and Prepared!
Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to attempt to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, and other sensitive information. Phishing is the term coined by hackers who imitate legitimate companies in e-mails to entice people to share passwords or credit card numbers. While the above example did not involve a request from a bank, please remember: First Landmark Bank will never send e-mails requesting personal information. We will never ask you to “verify” personal financial information through an e-mail. We will never ask you to click on a special site link to do so. While emails of this nature may look like they are from us, and may even use our logo, they are likely a “phishing” scam. Do not answer them. If you receive an email purporting to be from us, do not hesitate to call us to confirm it.
Cherokee Heights Arts Festival This Saturday
First Landmark Bank is proud to join with Keep Marietta Beautiful to sponsor the Cherokee Heights Neighborhood Arts Festival in Marietta, just blocks from the Marietta Square. The festival will be held this Saturday, November 10, 9am – 4 pm (rain date Sunday) and includes live music, free crafts and activities for the kids. Over 30 neighborhood and local artists will display and sell original art, clothing, jewelry, birdhouses, pottery and more.
The Cherokee Heights neighborhood includes Seminole and Freyer that run off of Cherokee Street, and the festival is held on Etowah Drive that intersects them. The neighborhood is between the Marietta Square and WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
Art by Sentimental Journey Artists on Display
(Marietta, Ga.) First Landmark Bank’s Landmark Arts program hosts a different local artist for an Art Show every 60-90 days. The current Art Show is a collection of works by the Sentimental Journey artists, a group of painters who gather weekly to paint together and have been doing so for over five years. The instructor is Gail Miller whose motto is “Art is not what you see, but what you help others to see,” a famous quote by artist Edgar Degas.
The artists are Freda Allor, Hazel Austin, Joyce Mulliniks, Joyce Ricketts, Connie Smith, Pam Stowers, and Sandy White.
We invite you to visit the Landmark Arts Wall between now and December 7th and see for yourself the marvelous paintings by the Sentimental Journey artists. The Landmark Arts Wall is located on the terrace level of the Bank at 307 N Marietta Parkway.
Shred Fest to be held November 5th
First Landmark Bank in Marietta will hold a Community Shred Fest on Monday, November 5, 2012. From Noon to 3 p.m., Iron Mountain, the Bank’s document destruction vendor, will park their truck in the ATM/drive-through lot adjacent to the Bank’s headquarters located at 307 N. Marietta Parkway. Both customers and non-customers can participate in this event that provides secure shredding and disposal of outdated, unneeded confidential documents. Participants can also register to win door prizes, including a new Ativa LD800 personal/home office shredder.
The shredding event is free and open to the public. There is a limit of 400 pounds of documents per business (equivalent of approximately 8 boxes of copy paper). There is no personal document limit. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed before disposal; however, please remove the following: binder clips; masking tape; duck tape; plastic materials; binders containing metal rings or fasteners. Your boxes and bins will be returned to you after they are emptied. Participants may watch a camera screen showing their confidential documents being destroyed as it occurs.
The Landmark Shred Fest is intended to raise community awareness of the risks of identity theft and to provide citizens access to one of the simplest yet most important methods of identity theft protection — document shredding.
“It is essential to shred all unneeded confidential documents containing social security numbers, account numbers or other private information before throwing them in the trash,” states First Landmark Bank Information Security Officer Leigh Pharr, who adds, “Properly disposing of materials that contain personal information is one of the best ways to guard against identity theft.”
Businesses have document retention schedules based on their industries. Local residents planning to participate in the Shred Fest may request to have a Personal Record Retention Schedule sent to them. To make this request or for answers to other questions regarding the Landmark Shred Fest, contact Renee White of First Landmark Bank at 770.792.8870 ext. 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALERT: Bank Systems Upgrade Oct 27&28
An Important Message for First Landmark Bank online banking customers:
Please note that First Landmark Bank will undergo a systems upgrade this weekend. The timeline for the upgrade is approximately 11:00 p.m. EDT, Saturday, October 27, 2012 through approximately 3:00 p.m. EDT, Sunday, October 28, 2012. During this time, the following will be unavailable:
Retail online banking (eConnect)
Business online banking (eConnect Platinum)
Merchant Capture (Remote Deposit Access)
In addition, during this time First Landmark Bank’s clients will be limited to ATM transactions of $100 or less at all ATMs. Immediately following the systems upgrade, normal ATM limits will be restored.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com or 770.792.8870 during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (excluding federal holidays).