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Ameris Bancorp (ABCB.OQ)

ABCB.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Miller

80 2019 Chairman of the Board

H. Palmer Proctor

52 2019 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Nicole Stokes

45 2018 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Cindi Lewis

66 2006 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary

William McKendry

51 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Jody Spencer

48 2019 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Lawton Bassett

51 2017 Executive Vice President, Banking Group President, President of the Bank

Ross Creasy

46 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer of the Bank

Jon Edwards

58 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

James LaHaise

59 2018 Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Michael Pierson

50 2020 Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer

Leo Hill

64 2019 Lead Independent Director

William Bowen

55 2014 Independent Director

Rodney Bullard

45 2019 Independent Director

William Choate

67 2019 Independent Director

Robert Ezzell

70 2010 Independent Director

Daniel Jeter

68 2019 Independent Director

Robert Lynch

56 2000 Independent Director

Elizabeth McCague

70 2016 Independent Director

Gloria O'Neal

70 2019 Independent Director

William Stern

63 2013 Independent Director

Jimmy Veal

71 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Miller

Mr. James B. Miller Jr. serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, Mr. Miller served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity since 1979, as President of Fidelity from 1979 to April 2006, as a director of Fidelity Bank since 1976, as President of Fidelity Bank from 1977 to 1997 and from December 2003 through September 2004, as Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank from 1977 to 1997 and from December 2003 until to April 2017, and as Chairman of Fidelity Bank since 1998. Mr. Miller also has served as Chairman of Berlin American Companies and other family investment companies since 1977; as a director of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest carpet tile manufacturing company, since 2000; and as a director of American Software Inc., a software development company, since 2002. Mr. Miller’s education and experience as an attorney and his years of experience employed as an executive officer of Fidelity, serving on Fidelity’s board of directors, as well as serving on the boards of various community organizations and public companies, qualify him to serve as a director. Mr. Miller’s employment agreement with the Company provides that Mr. Miller will serve as Chairman and a member of the boards of directors of the Company and the Bank and that any age restrictions relating to membership on such boards shall be waived for Mr. Miller.

H. Palmer Proctor

Mr. H. Palmer Proctor Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, Mr. Proctor served as President of Fidelity since April 2006, as Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank since April 2017, as President of Fidelity Bank since October 2004, and as a director of Fidelity Bank since 2004. Mr. Proctor also has served as a director of Brown and Brown, Inc., an independent insurance intermediary, since 2012, and as Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association from 2017 to 2018. With experience as an executive of Fidelity and the Company, Mr. Proctor offers expertise in financial services and a unique understanding of our markets, operations and competition, which qualify him to serve as a director.

Nicole Stokes

Ms. Nicole S. Stokes serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Ms. Stokes served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2018; Chief Financial Officer of the Bank since June 2016. Senior Vice President and Controller from December 2010 through May 2016.

Cindi Lewis

Ms. Cindi H. Lewis serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary of the Company. She has been Chief Administrative Officer since May 2006, Executive Vice President since May 2002 and Corporate Secretary since May 2000. Director of Human Resources from May 2000 to May 2006 and Senior Vice President from May 2000 to May 2002.

William McKendry

Mr. William D. McKendry serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of the Company. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer since September 2017. Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Bank of North Carolina from December 2011 to September 2017. Deputy General Auditor for First Citizens Bancshares from June 2004 to October 2011.

Jody Spencer

Jody L. Spencer serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. Attorney at Rogers & Hardin LLP from March 2001 to July 2019, serving as a partner from January 2008 to July 2019.

Lawton Bassett

Mr. Lawton E. Bassett III serves as Executive Vice President, Banking Group President, President of the Bank of the Company. Mr. Bassett has been Banking Group President of the Company and President of the Bank since February 2017; Executive Vice President since February 2016; Chief Banking Officer for Alabama and Georgia from February 2016 through January 2017; and Regional President and Market President from 2006 through January 2017. From 2003-2006, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Security Bank, formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, served in various commercial lending and leadership roles at Barnett Bank and SunTrust.

Ross Creasy

Mr. Ross L. Creasy serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer of the Bank of the Company. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, Chief Information Officer of Fidelity Bank since July 2018, during which Mr. Creasy oversaw Technology and Operations. Prior to joining Fidelity, served in various positions with E*TRADE, Capital One and the Federal Reserve.

Jon Edwards

Mr. Jon S. Edwards serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of the Company. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since May 2005. Executive Vice President and Regional Bank Executive for Southern Division from August 2002 through April 2005. Director of Credit Administration from March 1999 to July 2003. Senior Vice President from March 1999 to August 2002. Director of each subsidiary bank in the Southern Division from September 2002 through April 2005.58

James LaHaise

Mr. James A. LaHaise serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer since October 2018. Executive Vice President and Corporate Banking Executive from February 2017 through September 2018. Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Florida and South Carolina from February 2016 through January 2017. Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Executive from June 2014 until February 2016. President and Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Bankshares, Inc. and The Coastal Bank from January 2013 until they were acquired by the Company in June 2014, and Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of The Coastal Bank from May 2007 through December 2012.

Michael Pierson

Michael T. Pierson serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer of the Company. Previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Ameris and Ameris Bank from July 2019 to March 2020. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, served in various leadership roles at Fidelity and Fidelity Bank for 21 years, including Head of Commercial Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions and Chief Risk Officer.

Leo Hill

Mr. Leo J. Hill serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Hill has served as a director of the Company and as a director of the Bank since January 2013. Mr. Hill is the owner of Advisor Network Solutions, LLC, a consulting services firm, and currently serves as Lead Independent Director of Transamerica Mutual Funds. Prior to his service with Transamerica, Mr. Hill held various positions in banking, including Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Administration Officer for Wachovia Bank of Georgia’s southeastern corporate lending unit, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnett Treasure Coast Florida with Barnett Banks and Market President of Sun Coast Florida with Bank of America. He has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in finance, both from Georgia State University, and he has completed Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. Mr. Hill is involved with the Investment Company Institute, the Conference of Fund Leaders, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Institute for Independent Business. With his wide-ranging professional and banking background, he brings a wealth of business and management experience to the Board. Mr. Hill’s term expires in 2021.

William Bowen

Mr. William I. Bowen Jr. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Bowen resides in our Tifton, Georgia market, and he currently serves as Chairman of the community board of the Bank for that market. He has served as a member of the community board since 2012. Mr. Bowen is a partner and the President of Bowen Donaldson Home for Funerals. He also serves as managing partner of Bowen Farming Enterprises, LLC, a timber, cattle, cotton and peanut farming operation, Bowen Land and Timber, LLC, Bowen Family Partnership and Fulwood Family Partnership, a farming and real estate development firm. He also serves as Trustee of Tift County Hospital Authority and is a member of the Georgia Board of Funeral Service. Mr. Bowen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. His extensive business experience and knowledge of the local economy, as well as his expertise in the real estate and farming industries, make Mr. Bowen a valuable resource for the Board.

Rodney Bullard

Mr. Rodney D. Bullard serves as Independent Director of the Company. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, Mr. Bullard served as a director of Fidelity and Fidelity Bank since 2018. He has served as Vice President of Community Affairs, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of Chick-fil-A Foundation since 2011. Previously, Mr. Bullard served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 2009 to 2011 and as Legislative Liaison/Counsel in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, The Pentagon from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Bullard’s qualifications to serve as director include degrees earned in the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School; master of business administration degree from Terry College of Business, University of Georgia; and juris doctor degree from Duke Law School, and his various business and legal positions held during his career.

William Choate

Mr. William Millard Choate serves as Independent Director of the Company. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, Mr. Choate served as a director of Fidelity and Fidelity Bank since 2010. Mr. Choate is the founder and currently serves as Chairman of Choate Construction Company, a commercial construction and interior construction firm founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989. The experience Mr. Choate received founding his company and establishing all operations, procedures, banking, insurance and bonding relationships, marketing, preconstruction estimating and technology, in addition to his degrees in economics and business, qualify him to serve as a director.

Robert Ezzell

Mr. Robert Dale Ezzell is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Ezzell has served as a director of the Company and as a director of the Bank since May 2010. Mr. Ezzell served as a director of Southland Bank, formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, from 1983 until the merger of Southland Bank into the Bank in 2006. He also served as Southland Bank’s Chairman from 1995 until such merger. Mr. Ezzell currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board in Dothan, Alabama. Mr. Ezzell is the founder and owner of Wisecards Printing and Mailing, a direct mail advertising business in Abbeville, Alabama. Prior to establishing Wisecards in 2001, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ezzell’s Inc., which operated several department stores in southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia, from 1987 to 2000. Mr. Ezzell holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Auburn University and resides in the Abbeville, Alabama market. His years as a director of a subsidiary bank, along with his varied business and practical experience, give him a valuable understanding of the issues faced by the Company and its customers.

Daniel Jeter

Mr. Daniel B. Jeter serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Jeter served as the Board’s Lead Independent Director from July 2019 to September 2019, and from January 2018 to September 2018. Prior to first serving as Lead Independent Director in 2018, and again in late 2018 through June 2019, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Company and of the board of directors of the Bank from May 2007 through December 2017. He also serves on the community bank board for the Company’s Moultrie, Georgia market. Mr. Jeter is the Chairman and co-owner of Standard Discount Corporation, a family-owned consumer finance company. He joined Standard in 1979 and is an officer and director of each of Standard’s affiliates, including Colquitt Loan Company, Globe Loan Company of Hazelhurst, Globe Loan Company of Tifton, Globe Loan Company of Moultrie, Peach Finance Company, Personal Finance Service of Statesboro and Globe Financial Services of Thomasville. He is co-owner of Classic Insurance Company and President of Cavalier Insurance Company, both of which are re-insurance companies. Mr. Jeter is also a partner in a real estate partnership that develops owner-occupied commercial properties for office and professional use. He serves as a director and an officer of the Georgia Industrial Loan Corporation and as a director of Allied Business Systems. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.

Robert Lynch

Mr. Robert P. Lynch serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lynch is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lynch Management Company, which owns and manages seven automobile dealerships located in the Southeast. He has been with Lynch Management Company for more than 30 years. Mr. Lynch’s family also owns and operates Shady Dale Farm, a beef cattle operation located in Shady Dale, Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. Mr. Lynch resides in our Jacksonville, Florida market and currently serves as a member of the community board of the Bank for that market. His business experience is extensive and varied, which gives him a firsthand understanding of the challenges faced by not only the Company but also its commercial customers, as well as opportunities available to the Company and its commercial customers. This understanding informs his service as a director and is a key benefit to the Board.

Elizabeth McCague

Ms. Elizabeth A. McCague serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. McCague currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Jacksonville Port Authority. She previously served as Interim Executive Director and Plan Administrator for the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund, where she was responsible for the management of the $1.6 billion pension portfolio and the administration of benefits. Ms. McCague previously provided mediation services for resolution of financial disputes through her business, McCague & Company, LLC. Ms. McCague has previously served on the UF Health Hospital Jacksonville board as the chair of the finance committee. She also has previously served as co-chair of the University of Florida Capital Campaign, a six-year, $1.5 billion effort, and chair of the North Florida Bank’s Advisory Board. She was also formerly the Chief Operating Officer of a software development company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master of business administration degree from Jacksonville University. She resides in our Jacksonville, Florida market. Ms. McCague’s business experience is extensive and diverse, which provides valuable insight for the Bank and its customers.

Gloria O'Neal

Ms. Gloria A. O'Neal serves as Independent Director of the Company. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Fidelity, Ms. O’Neil served as a director of Fidelity since 2018. Ms. O’Neal is a community leader who brings unique experience to the Board. She has served on many non-profit boards, including Rotary, and was Court appointed Special Advocate for DeKalb County. She is a board member of Dahlonega Baptist Church and serves as Secretary; Treasurer of a weekday preschool in Dahlonega; and is active in community outreach activities for the Baptist Church. In 2014, after 33 years of service, she retired from Fidelity Bank to pursue her volunteer work. Ms. O’Neal last served at Fidelity Bank as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, after having been Internal Auditor. She has extensive experience with risk management, regulatory requirements, credit administration, operations, financial reporting and most aspects of banking. Ms. O’Neal’s extensive banking experience qualifies her to serve as a director.

William Stern

Mr. William H. Stern serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Stern currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board for the State of South Carolina. Mr. Stern has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Stern & Stern and Associates, a real estate development firm doing work throughout the Southeast, since 1980. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina State Ports Authority and as a member of the board of the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development. His knowledge of the real estate industry, in addition to his extensive business experience and economic background, makes Mr. Stern a valuable resource for the Board.

Jimmy Veal

Mr. Jimmy D. Veal serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Veal was a founding director of Golden Isles Financial Holdings, Inc., which was the corporate parent of The First Bank of Brunswick prior to its acquisition by the Company and subsequent merger into the Bank. He served as a director of both Golden Isles Financial Holdings, Inc. and The First Bank of Brunswick from their inception in 1989 until their acquisition by the Company in 2001 and as Vice Chairman of both companies from 1996 until 2001. Mr. Veal currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board for the Southeast Georgia Coast. Mr. Veal has been active in the hospitality industry for over 40 years. As a founding partner, together with his family, he co-owned and operated Beachview Tent Rentals, Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia, where he continues to serve as a consultant, until his retirement in 2018. He is also active in various real estate and timberland ventures in Glynn County, Georgia and Camden County, Georgia. In addition to his experience in banking, he has gained knowledge of many and varied industries and sectors of the economy, which provides him a unique and beneficial perspective for his service on the Board.

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