Employee Highlights Archives - River City Bank

Eric Collins Joins River City Bank as Vice President & Branch Manager in Blairsville

Friday, January 14, 2022

River City Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Eric B. Collins as Vice President and Branch Manager of the Bank’s Blairsville location, currently operating as a Mortgage and Loan Office at 215 Blue Ridge Street, Suite A.  River City Bank’s full-service Blairsville office is scheduled to open this Spring at 206 Highway 515.

Eric graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He holds an Associate of Science degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and is also a graduate of the Georgia Banking School sponsored by the Georgia Bankers Association. Eric has been serving the financial needs of the Blairsville Community for more than 20 years.

“We are very excited to announce that Eric has joined our team of bankers as we continue to strategically expand into Union County. Eric, with his 20 years of retail banking experience and customer following, adds depth and strength to our team that will assist us in carrying out our mission to offer best in class customer service to our clients,” stated Jamie Tallent, President and CEO.  

In addition to managing the daily operations of the Blairsville Retail Team, Eric will be responsible for providing financial solutions for clients, to include consumer and small business lending.  We invite you to stop by and meet Eric and the rest of Blairsville’s River City Bank team.

Scott Nanney Named Market President in Blairsville

Monday, January 24, 2022

River City Bank announces the recent promotion of Scott Nanney to Market President in Blairsville, Georgia. Scott joined the River City team in November 2020 as Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager at the bank’s Mortgage and Loan Office in Blairsville. River City Bank’s full-service Blairsville office is scheduled to open this Spring at 206 Highway 515.

“Scott has been instrumental in our strategic expansion into Northeast Georgia and leading our Blairsville team. He consistently exceeds expectations and is always leading by example. Scott lives our “Expect More” standard daily and he strives in everything he does to be the best. This promotion represents Scott’s hard work, leadership, vision, and passion for our company,” stated Jamie Tallent, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Scott is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Banking School in Athens, Georgia. Scott has served the North Georgia market for the past 18 years as a commercial and consumer lender.

Gilliam and Mayo Promoted to Vice President

Thursday, August 19, 2021

River City Bank is proud to announce the promotions of Rebecca Gilliam and Sandra Mayo. Gilliam has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Marketing, and Mayo to Vice President, Director of Information Technology.

Gilliam joined River City Bank in 2019 as Director of Technology and Digital Services. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, graphic design, digital services, and technology, with 14 of those in the banking industry. Gilliam is a graduate of the University of Northwestern with a B.S. degree in Business Management and holds a B.A. in Theological Studies from Indiana Bible College. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Gilliam was recently selected to participate in the 2021 Leadership Union program sponsored by the Blairsville, Union County Chamber of Commerce.

“Rebecca has been a tremendous asset to our company since joining the team in 2019. She is an instrumental member of our strategic team and in her new role will be leading marketing initiatives for the Bank,” stated Jamie Tallent, President & CEO.

In her spare time, Gilliam enjoys spending time with her Malt-Tzu dogs, cruising mountain roads in her Miata, and traveling internationally.

Mayo has been with River City Bank for 14 years as IT Manager, overseeing the bank’s IT department, and assisting operationally with all online and digital banking projects. Her 37 years in the banking industry also includes tenure with First National Bank of Polk County where she worked in multiple areas such as bookkeeping, technology, data processing, and network administration.

“Sandra’s expertise has been invaluable to our company, and her commitment to River City has proven to be a benefit for us all,” stated Jamie C. Tallent, President & CEO.

Mayo holds Associates degrees in Cisco and Microsoft Networking from Georgia Northwestern Technical College and earned her certification from New Horizons Technical School for Server Administration. She also holds numerous other certifications related to information technology.

Mayo enjoys spending time camping with her family and pets.

Cody Ching Joins River City Bank as AVP, Mortgage Loan Officer

Friday, February 11, 2022

River City Bank announces the addition of Cody Ching as AVP, Mortgage Loan Officer for the Bank’s Blairsville market. Cody will be providing financing solutions for home purchases and refinances, as well as home construction. He will be at the Bank’s Blairsville location, currently operating as a Mortgage and Loan Office at 215 Blue Ridge Street, Suite A. River City Bank’s full service Blairsville office is scheduled to open this Spring at 206 Highway 515.

Cody recently returned to Blairsville from Oregon where he was a Mortgage Loan Officer in the greater Portland area.  Prior to moving to Portland, he served the community of Union County, Georgia as a consumer and small business lender.

“We are excited that Cody has joined our growing team of local bankers in Union County. Cody brings both a mortgage background along with his experience as a residential real estate and consumer lender. Cody is eager to reconnect with old friends and clients and hopes to leverage those meaningful relationships he established in the past while successfully serving the citizens within the community. Cody’s addition to our team proves once more our commitment to building a strong dynamic team of local bankers that are committed to delivering a high touch customer experience for the citizens and businesses in Union County”, stated Jamie Tallent, President and CEO.  

Cody earned his bachelor’s degree from Young Harris College and is a graduate of the Community Bankers Association’s Consumer Lending School. He enjoys giving back to his local communities through volunteering with local non-profit organizations and coaching youth sports teams.

William Wade Joins River City Bank as Senior VP/Commercial Relationship Manager

Thursday, August 12, 2021

River City Bank is proud to announce the addition of William S. Wade as Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. In his role as Commercial Relationship Manager, Will’s responsibilities will include identifying and expanding business relationships, and delivering financial products and services to both new and existing clients in North Georgia. Will joins our team with over 20 years of Real Estate, Commercial Banking, and Senior Management Banking experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Market President for Pinnacle Bank in Lumpkin/Dawson Counties.

Will has established a successful career in both banking and public service, serving for over two decades primarily in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. In 2017 he was recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia Trend’s “40 under 40” recipients. Will was also nominated by his peers to serve in 2017 – 2018 as the Rotary District 6910 Assistant District Governor for Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties for Rotary International.

Will is deeply connected to the communities of North Georgia volunteering and serving on multiple civic organizations, to include serving on the Dawson County Board of Education from 2004 – 2020, Division of Child Support Services, Georgia’s 9th Congressional District Representative for the NSBA Advocacy Institute just to name a few. Additionally, Will was appointed by former Governor, Sonny Perdue, to serve on the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission, the NSBA Advocacy Institute, and most recently was elected last November as the State House Representative for District 9. Will has a passion for serving the citizens, small businesses, and communities of North Georgia and feels he best serves those needs as a banker and an elected official for our state.

“We are honored and very excited that Will has joined our team of talented bankers at River City Bank and, with the addition of Will, we continue to enhance our strategic growth efforts across North Georgia.” said Jamie Tallent, President and CEO.

Will and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Sheffield-Wade, Assistant Principal at Lumpkin County Middle School, have two children and reside in Dawson County. They are devoted members of Mill Creek Baptist Church in Dahlonega, Georgia and are very active in both Lumpkin and Dawson Counties.

Katie Mashburn Joins River City Bank

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Katie Mashburn Joins River City Bank as AVP, Senior Personal Banker and Branch Development Officer in Blairsville

River City Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Katie Mashburn as Assistant Vice President, Senior Personal Banker and Branch Development Officer at the Bank’s full-service Blairsville Office that is tentatively scheduled to open in early June at 206 Highway 515.

Katie’s responsibilities will include cultivating meaningful client relationships, offering tailored financial solutions to help clients achieve their financial goals. She will also help establish core deposits from retail and business clients by providing high touch client-focused service which is at the heart of River City Bank’s mission. In addition, Katie will assist in coordinating local marketing and community initiatives in Blairsville.

Katie is a Blairsville native with 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, serving clients in her hometown. She was most recently affiliated with Harry Norman, REALTORS® as a licensed real estate salesperson.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Katie join our growing team in Union County. Her professional network along with her knowledge of the local Blairsville community will be a tremendous asset for our team, our clients, and our community partners as we open our full-service community bank,” stated Jamie Tallent, President and CEO. Scott Nanney, Market President in Blairsville added, “We are thrilled to bring Katie into our organization. She brings incredible expertise to her new role, and she will serve the banking needs of our customers well. Katie embodies River City Bank’s philosophy of ‘Expect More’.”

Katie is a graduate of Converse University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English. In her free time, you can find her volunteering with the children and adult ministries at First United Methodist Church of Union County or helping her husband coach recreation league basketball and baseball. Katie has been an Ambassador for the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce and is a former member of the Georgia Bankers Association’s (GBA) Human Resources Committee.

Andrew Williams Sharpens Skills at Banking School

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Andrew Williams recently attended the 2021 on-campus session of the Georgia Banking School as a first-year student. Established in 1961, the Georgia Banking School is a three-year specialized school run by the Georgia Bankers Association. The purpose of the school is to prepare bank managers to effectively and profitably serve their communities by developing a thorough understanding of banking practices, regulations and management principles.

During the course of the three-year program, participants complete an annual one-week residence session at the University of Georgia in Athens as well as home study problems between sessions. The school provides a well-balanced curriculum featuring UGA faculty members, veteran bankers and other industry experts and specialists.

Williams serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Strategy, for River City Bank. He works directly with executive management and the Board of Directors to lead the design of strategy across various high-value business projects, encompassing a broad range of responsibilities including corporate strategy, portfolio strategy, target market, competitive assessments, and future growth opportunities.

Shane Walley Sharpens Skills at Banking School

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Shane Walley with River City Bank in Rome, Georgia attended the 2022 on-campus session of the Georgia Banking School as a first-year student.  Established in 1961, the Georgia Banking School is a three-year specialized school run by the Georgia Bankers Association. The purpose of the school is to prepare bank managers to effectively and profitably serve their hometowns by developing a thorough understanding of banking practices, regulations and management principles.

During the course of the three-year program, participants complete an annual one-week residence session at the University of Georgia in Athens as well as home study problems between sessions. The school provides a well-balanced curriculum featuring UGA faculty members, veteran bankers and other industry experts and specialists.

“For 61 years this school has been a highly effective resource for developing the leadership talents of Georgia bankers,” said Banking School Director Darron Burnette, Division CEO, South Georgia/North Florida, Synovus Bank. “It is common for graduates of the program to go on to become senior executives and bank CEOs as their careers grow.”

Established in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association is the trade and professional organization representing Georgia’s commercial banks and thrift institutions. For 130 years, the GBA has provided Georgia’s banks with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, government relations and public advocacy.

Rebecca Gilliam Receives Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Rebecca Gilliam, Director of Technology & Digital Services, has earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. This certification is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is recognized throughout the world as the gold standard of project management. A PMP is an experienced project manager who is certified and trained to direct teams toward a project goal.

To obtain a PMP certification, candidates must meet the following educational and professional requirements:

    • Education – Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university, and at least 35 hours of formal project management education.
    • Experience – At least 4,500 hours leading and directing projects.
    • Knowledge – Pass the PMP examination

“Rebecca has been a tremendous asset to our company since joining the team in 2019. She is an instrumental member of our strategic team and is tasked with leading digital transformation initiatives for the Bank,” stated Jamie Tallent, President & CEO.

River City Bank’s Union County Retail Team Is Complete

Monday, June 6, 2022

 

River City Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of three new team members, completing their local retail banking team in Union County. The bank’s full-service Blairsville Office is scheduled to open June 13th at 206 Highway 515.

Amanda Goode, Stephanie Miller, and Austin Pattee have joined River City Bank’s full-service Blairsville Office as Universal Bankers. They will be responsible for establishing and cultivating customer relationships, including processing banking transactions, and opening deposit accounts. As Universal Bankers, they are equipped to handle a wide range of customer-related responsibilities and can manage customer requests from beginning to end.

With over ten years of customer service and cash handling experience, Amanda Goode most recently worked as a teller and branch banker at a financial institution where she opened accounts, processed loans, and made referrals to other lines of business within the bank. Amanda’s enthusiastic personality and customer-focused mentality are qualities that will serve customers well in Union County.

Stephanie Miller has fourteen years of supervisory experience with the most recent five years at a financial institution. She was responsible for training and supervision of tellers, daily branch operations, as well as adherence to all security procedures. Her aptitude for problem solving as well as her attention to detail make her a great fit to lead River City Bank’s Union County teller team.

Austin Pattee is a Blairsville native with four years of experience in customer service, most recently serving as a teller at a financial institution. His affinity for numbers and finance as well as his lifelong tie to the Blairsville area will be an asset for River City Bank.

Amanda, Stephanie, and Austin will be joining Katie Mashburn as members of the bank’s retail team. This dynamic group of individuals will provide our customers in Union County with high-touch client focused service which is at the heart of River City Bank’s mission.

Scott Nanney, Blairsville Market President expressed, “Amanda, Stephanie, and Austin are great additions to our team of local bankers here in Union County. They each exemplify the core values of River City Bank and will be true financial partners to our clients.”

“I feel very fortunate to lead such a talented team at River City Bank,” said Eric Collins, Branch Manager of the bank’s Blairsville Branch. “They each bring new connections and valuable market knowledge that will continue to solidify the strong foundation we are building in Union County.”