Ameris Bank Expands Commercial Banking Reach Across the Southeast



Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, hired six new banking professionals to support its expanding market presence.

“We have a clear vision for how Ameris Bank can be most impactful to businesses in our markets,” Palmer Proctor, CEO of Ameris Bancorp, said. “We are serious about growing our business. Ameris Bank’s balance sheet is strong, affording us the opportunity, even during these unprecedented times, to make meaningful investments in our banking leadership, existing and new markets, cash management and lending offerings, and technological infrastructure.”

Ameris Bank added to its commercial team with the bank’s expansion into Tampa, FL, and Greenville, SC, its new market strategies in Augusta, GA, and Charlotte, NC, and its advancement of the treasury and cash management division. The following bankers will lead these initiatives:

  • Brian Parks joined Ameris Bank as regional president overseeing most of the bank’s Florida markets, spanning from Jacksonville to Orlando to Tampa. Previously he was with SunTrust, now Truist, for 22 years, where he served as a regional leader, banking commercial and middle market relationships across the Southeast.
  • Greg Clark joined Ameris Bank as market president for the South Carolina Upstate region, overseeing Ameris Bank’s growth throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and surrounding South Carolina markets. Before coming to Ameris Bank, he was an executive director for middle market banking with JP Morgan Chase.
  • Remer Brinson joined Ameris Bank as regional president leading new market strategies in Augusta, GA, and growth in Ameris’ established Savannah, GA, market. Prior to joining Ameris Bank, he was with State Bank and Trust, serving as the president of its Georgia bank operations and overseeing the commercial and retail operations, treasury services, and mortgage and correspondent banking sectors.
  • Manuel Rey will join Ameris Bank as middle market banking executive for North Carolina, leading the new market strategies in Charlotte. Previously he was a regional banking executive with Fifth Third Bank.
  • Keith Flynn joined Ameris Bank as director of treasury services with more than 33 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Ameris Bank, he was senior vice president and treasury management sales executive for Regions Bank for 12 years.
  • Michael Coady joined Ameris Bank as retail director with more than 20 years of executive banking experience for multi-branch community and commercial operations. He was previously the relationship management managing director for First Republic Bank.

“These individuals bring years of experience and proven success to our bank. Their knowledge, supported by our bank’s community-first approach to banking, will be a tremendous resource for our current and future business clients,” Lawton Bassett, president of Ameris Bank, said. “Their banking expertise enables us to further expand our reach and showcase our expansive commercial banking and treasury suite to commercial clients of all sizes.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ameris Bank manages more than $18 billion in assets and nearly 300 financial centers across the Southeast.

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