CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Park Sterling Corporation (Nasdaq:PSTB), the holding company for Park Sterling Bank, today announced the hiring of three additional bankers for the bank's Wealth Management team, now headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and directed by Michael Williams, Head of Wealth Management. In addition, the company has hired a new Chief Marketing Officer, also based in Richmond. George Meyls joins Park Sterling as Senior Vice President and Head of Private Banking. Meyls, who was most recently Private Banking Director at StellarOne Bank, has over 20 years of Wealth Management and private banking experience including positions at Paine Webber, Smith Barney, and Wells Fargo Bank. Meyls holds a B.A. in Economics from Roanoke College and is a Certified Financial Planner. In this newly created role, Meyls will have company-wide leadership responsibility for private banking across the company, in addition to building this line of business in Virginia. Russell Carter, most recently a Trust Advisor at Union First Market Bank in Richmond, joins Park Sterling as a Trust Advisor. Based in Richmond, Carter brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the Trust area including roles at J.P. Morgan Chase, SunTrust Bank, and StellarOne. He holds a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Touro Law School in New York. Alan Smith joins Park Sterling as a Trust Advisor based in Charlotte. Smith has seven years of banking experience, most recently with PNC Bank, where he was a relationship manager in Wealth Management and with Bank of America as a client manager. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and his MBA from Indiana University. Angela Ross joins Park Sterling as Chief Marketing Officer. A 30-year marketing veteran, Ross was most recently Chief Branding Officer at StellarOne, and held senior roles at La-Z-Boy, Inc. and Circuit City. She earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and an MBA at University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.