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3rd generation banker Philip Hester joins SouthCrest Bank; New SVP/Commercial Banker to serve GA 400 north corridor

ATLANTA, Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SouthCrest Bank announces the appointment of 3rd generation Georgia banker Philip Hester as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banker, serving the high-growth Georgia Hwy. 400 corridor that includes Forsyth County, North Fulton County and surrounding areas.

Philip Hester, SVP Commercial Banker at SouthCrest Bank


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Hester’s appointment is another key move in SouthCrest Bank’s strategy to become a leading financial services provider for businesses, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs in the core 13-county Atlanta SMSA.

“Philip Hester is a long-time, well-regarded senior banking professional with a valuable network of established business contacts in the north metro area. His appointment gives SouthCrest Bank a significant competitive advantage as we develop that region and grow our overall market share,” said Brian D. Schmitt, CEO of SouthCrest Bank and SouthCrest Financial Group (SCSG:PK). “As a longtime area resident, he is a perfect fit to serve business clients in those communities because of his keen insights and understanding of past, present and future growth trends in the region.”

Hester, a graduate of the University of Georgia, lives in Gainesville with his wife Beth. They have two sons, Ford and JD, a daughter Whitney, and grandson Sawyer.

Hester’s grandfather and father spent their working careers with the Cairo Banking Company, which was founded in 1900. Collectively they dedicated more than 50 years of their lives serving the banking needs of the Bainbridge, Cairo and Thomasville communities north of the Florida line. Hester also worked at the Bank of Cairo, launching his lifelong banking career there. He and his family moved to Dawson County in 1990.

ABOUT SOUTHCREST

SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc. is a $540 million asset bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The company operates a network of 13 locations throughout Georgia and Alabama through its subsidiary bank, SouthCrest Bank, N.A. The bank provides a full suite of retail, private, entrepreneurial, high-net-worth and commercial banking services, and online banking services.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

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Source:SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc.