WINTER HAVEN, Fla.,
April 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/
-- SouthState Bank today announced the addition of 10
experienced commercial banking and treasury management hires to
support its expansion in Southeastern growth markets.
"SouthState has an unparalleled opportunity for expansion, with
a strong presence in five of the 10 fastest growing cities in
America," said Greg Lapointe, chief
banking officer. "We continue to invest in top-tier banking talent
to support our growth, as well as the expansion of our markets
along the I-85 corridor and the I-4 corridor. With a strong balance
sheet, pristine asset quality, deep product capabilities and a
vibrant team of commercial bankers, SouthState remains focused on
supporting the needs of the business community."
"SouthState strives to be an employer of choice for top talent
in the financial services sector, as well as a leading regional
bank of choice for our customers," said Mark Thompson, president, Southern Banking
Group. "The bankers joining our team bring decades of demonstrated
expertise in helping businesses grow, achieve efficiency and attain
operational excellence, and we are eager to bring their talents to
bear for the benefit of our customers."
Joining the SouthState team are:
Jim Baumgardner –
middle market director of client acquisition and new market
development, Greenville, South
Carolina – has more than three decades of experience in
corporate and middle market banking with Wells Fargo. Having spent
his career in the Upstate of South
Carolina, Baumgardner has deep knowledge in the market, and
his expertise is sought after by clients.
Adam Beckman –
commercial banker, Atlanta,
Georgia – brings more than 14 years of banking expertise to
the role. He started his career with BB&T, where he spent more
than a decade specializing in metro Atlanta real estate lending, prior to joining
ServisFirst Bank, where he has spent the past four years as a
Roger Cook – middle market
banker, Orlando, Florida – was
most recently a middle market executive for JPMorgan Chase, focused
on Central and North Florida. With
a career spanning two decades, Cook has been a top commercial and
middle market performer for SunTrust and RBC prior to his most
Charity Epps-Bell –
treasury management, Atlanta,
Georgia – comes to the role from Truist Treasury Solutions,
where she was most recently a business enablement manager. With
more than 18 years of experience with Truist in roles of increasing
responsibility, Epps-Bell is highly skilled at helping customers
obtain the treasury solutions right for their needs.
Scott Hilton – commercial
banker, Atlanta, Georgia –
brings unique expertise in business development, government and
leadership to his role, having served his home state of
Georgia in the House of
Representatives and, most recently, as executive director of the
Georgians First Commission focused on directing resources for small
business. He has more than a decade of experience in business and
commercial banking with both Bank of America and SunTrust.
Missy LaPorte – commercial
banker, Tampa, Florida – was
most recently a commercial lender for Seacoast National Bank. She
has broad experience in sales, business development and payroll
systems, in addition to commercial banking.
Josh McCoy – regional
president, Orlando, Florida –
comes to the role from Truist, where, for a decade, he held
positions of increasing responsibility in the commercial bank and
in the region. Prior to his experience with Truist, he was a
commercial banking officer with Fifth Third Bank.
Meagan Rethmeier – commercial
real estate banker, Charlotte, North
Carolina – comes to the position from Truist, where she was
a banker in the CRE sector. Rethmeier has diverse leadership
experience, having led several economic development initiatives in
Spartanburg, South Carolina, and
also having led Organizational Change Management at BB&T.
Chris Strength – commercial
banker, Birmingham, Alabama –
has built a career in banking spanning more than 25 years. Most
recently, he was a commercial lender with BBVA USA. He has held roles of increasing
responsibility at Compass Bank, Hancock Bank and MetLife
Brandon Wienke – middle market
banker, Pensacola, Florida and
Alabama – comes to the position
from Truist, where for 14 years he held positions of increasing
responsibility in the Commercial and Middle Market Bank at
SunTrust. He excelled as a middle market banker and has served
clients in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He possesses diverse experience and
perspectives, as a result.
SouthState Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) is a financial services
company headquartered in Winter Haven,
Florida. South State Bank, N.A., the company's nationally
chartered bank subsidiary, provides consumer, commercial, mortgage
and wealth management solutions to more than one million customers
throughout Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. The bank also serves clients coast
to coast through its correspondent banking division. Additional
information is available at SouthStateBank.com.
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