"Jefferson has a deep understanding of our markets and the expectations of our investors," said Lynn Harton. "His career has been focused on evaluating the strategies, strengths, and weaknesses of individual banks and we are excited to add his talent and experience to the United team. Additionally, Jefferson is a great fit for our company and our unique service culture.""I cannot imagine a more exciting time to join United Community Bank, and I believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous," said Harralson. "I have known and worked with Jimmy, Lynn and the rest of the management team at United for many years. I am impressed with United's capable, passionate employees, the strong brand, the attractive footprint, and the team-based culture. It is an honor to join United." Harralson currently resides in Atlanta, GA, but will move to Greenville, SC, where he will be based. Harralson is a native of Kentucky, received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington & Lee University and his master's degree in finance from Georgia State University. He currently serves on Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business Advisory Board. About United Community Banks, Inc. United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) is a bank holding company based in Blairsville, Georgia with $10.7 billion in assets. The company's banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the southeast region's largest full-service banks, operating through 134 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. United specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals, small businesses and middle market companies. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, advisory and treasury management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United Community Bank for outstanding customer service: In 2014, 2015 and 2016, J.D. Power ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2017, Forbes included United among their list of the top 100 Best Banks in America for the fourth consecutive year. Additional information about the company and the Bank's full range of products and services can be found at www.ucbi.com.
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