An Invitation to March 28-30 Bank Open House
We invite you to join First Landmark Bank as we celebrate our 4th Anniversary at an Open House. We are very grateful to our clients, shareholders and community partners for four great years and want to thank you for confidence you have placed in First Landmark Bank.
Join us for refreshments including some of your favorite ‘old-timey’ candies, snacks and sodas. While you are at the Open House, be sure to sign up for some exciting door prizes, including an iPad.
The Open House will be held daily March 28, 29 and 30 at the Main Office and headquarters of First Landmark Bank
307 N Marietta Parkway in Marietta
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
If you need more information, contact Renee White at 770-792-8870.
Our Landmark is Your Landmark.
Hope to see you then!
OnLine Banking Update – Weekend of March 16-18
First Landmark Bank’s website is being updated the weekend of March 16-18. OnLine Banking clients will notice a difference in the log-in box as follows:
‘eConnect’ will temporarily be changed to read ‘Personal Online Banking’
‘eConnect Platinum’ will temporarily be changed to read ‘Business Online Banking’
After March 18, the wording will revert back to ‘eConnect’ and ‘eConnect Platinum’ as usual.
The update should not affect the ability to log-in to either online banking product. If you have any questions, please contact the Bank on Monday at 770-792-8870 or at email@example.com.
We appreciate your understanding of this temporary change. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to serve you.
Bauer Financial Gives Bank 5-Star Rating
JANUARY 2012 – 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, 2011, has grown to $185.5 million in total assets. For more information about First Landmark Bank, visit www.firstlandmarkonline.com or call 770.792-8870.
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For current financial data on First Landmark Bank, go to www.fdic.gov.
First Landmark Bank Greeting Cards
First Landmark Bank is pleased to present the 2011-2012 limited edition greeting card entitled “Freedom’s Winter Solstice”, masterfully painted by local artist Nita Burge.
For the third 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 2011 cards will be donated to two local organizations, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center and the Special Needs Development Group/Horizon Field. 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.
New Procedures for U.S. Savings Bonds
The U. S. Department of the Treasury will end over-the-counter sales of paper savings bonds on December 31, 2011, including sales through financial institutions and applications mailed directly to the Federal Reserve Bank by customers.
Although paper bonds are being discontinued, electronic Series EE and Series I Savings Bonds will remain available for purchase via TreasuryDirect. This secure, web-based system, operated by the Bureau of the Public Debt, has been used by investors since 2002 to purchase savings bonds online.
Opening a TreasuryDirect account is free (go to www.treasurydirect.gov) and once it is established investors can:
- Buy, manage, and redeem Series EE and I electronic savings bonds.
- Convert these bonds to electronic bonds
- Invest in other Treasury securities, such as bills, notes, bonds, and TIPS (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities).
Those currently holding paper savings bonds can continue to redeem them at financial institutions. For more information, visit www.treasurydirect.gov or contact a First Landmark Bank Financial Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 770-792-8870.
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.
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.