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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jessica Rutledge Joins River City Bank as VP/Commercial Relationship Manager

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

River City Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Rutledge as Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. Jessica will play an instrumental role in assisting with our strategic growth efforts into Northwest Georgia, specifically Bartow, Gordon, Paulding, and North Cobb Counties.

Jessica joins our team with over 15 years of industry experience including Real Estate, Commercial Banking, and Bank Management. Most recently she served as Vice President, Commercial Lender for Cornerstone Bank in Atlanta. Prior to that, Jessica was a Market President with Northside Bank, now First National Community Bank, where she was responsible for the Calhoun and Adairsville markets. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Shorter University.

Jessica is deeply connected to the communities of Bartow and Gordon Counties where she has lived and worked most of her life. She has a passion for the people and small businesses in these communities and often can be found volunteering her time and talents to local non-profit or civic organizations.

“Jessica is a terrific addition to our team, and her hiring aligns with our ongoing strategic growth efforts across North Georgia.” said Jamie Tallent, President and CEO.

Jamie Tallent joins River City as President and CEO

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rome, GA, March 18, 2019 – – River City Bank announced today that Jamie Tallent has been named the President and CEO of the bank and its parent company, RCB Financial Corporation (collectively, the “Company”). Tallent succeeds Roger Smith who retired February 28, 2019.

As President and CEO, Tallent will be responsible for strategic direction and operational performance of the Company. “River City Bank is uniquely positioned with Jamie as President and CEO to leverage our strong balance sheet and efficient operations into a top performing bank in Rome and across the state” according to C. King Askew, Chairman of the Board. “The bank is still young, having opened in 2006 and successfully navigated the economic downturn and recession. Our Board and team members have worked extremely hard to ensure we built and maintained a solid foundation for a successful community bank through a difficult time. Now we look forward to the future.”

According to Askew, “Jamie Tallent is a proven senior banking professional with 24 years of experience working in the financial services industry. Our Board is extremely excited to bring Jamie to River City Bank. We are a community bank with a lot of potential. Our officers, staff and shareholders will immediately benefit from Jamie’s leadership.”

Earlier today, Tallent communicated a strong desire to work hand in hand with the Board and staff to continue to build what will become River City Bank. “Our story is still being written. This is an exciting time at River City Bank. I am deeply appreciative of the trust and confidence the Board of Directors have placed in me. We have an outstanding team in place, and I look forward to working with the Board and all the employees to achieve the bank’s strategic initiatives. Banking is a people and relationship business and we value that here at River City Bank, therefore, we will continue to be keenly focused on delivering exceptional customer service. I am honored to be joining this team and I firmly believe our best days are ahead of us.”

Tallent has deep roots in Georgia banking communities, having served in high level positions with several banks, including Fidelity Southern where he served as Senior Vice President/Region Commercial Executive and United Community Bank where he served as a Market President for Gilmer and Pickens Counties. Tallent has served in numerous civic leadership roles throughout his career, entrenching himself in the community, while also focusing on the banking industry by holding seats with the Leadership Division Board of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia and the Georgia Bankers Association PAC Board.

Tallent is a graduate of Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics with a BBA in Accounting and Finance. He lives in Rome and has 2 daughters.

River City Named Best Bank 2021

Friday, October 29, 2021

River City Bank is honored to be recognized at the Best of Rome 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards. There’s no bigger compliment than having our very own community supporting our bank and awesome team members!

We took home first place awards for BEST BANK and BEST MORTGAGE SERVICES! Our very own Rob Masters, Wealth Advisor, won BEST FINANCIAL CONSULTANT.


Additionally, we want to congratulate:

Angie Beard, Runner Up – Best Banker
David Mullinax, 3rd Place – Best Banker
Kathi Watson, Runner Up – Best Mortgage Lender
Kitty Barton, Runner Up – Best Financial Consultant

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Jennifer Selman completes Graduate School of Banking at LSU

Friday, July 12, 2019

River City Bank is proud to announce that Jennifer M. Selman, Assistant Vice President & Retail Banking Manager has completed the Graduate School of Banking program at Louisiana State University.

“The Graduate School of Banking at LSU is considered one of the most prestigious banking schools in the country, and we are thrilled Jennifer was able to represent River City Bank with her time there,” said River City Bank CEO Jamie Tallent. “The knowledge she has gained through this experience will be invaluable to the bank as we continue to drive value with our unique culture while creating an environment that will facilitate superior customer service, attract great talent, and achieving top-quartile financial performance. We as a company are so proud of her dedication and perseverance over the last three years.”

Selman brings more than 25 years of experience to her position at River City Bank, as well as a BS in Marketing and Management from Berry College.   In her current role at the bank, Jennifer manages the bank’s retail division, with additional responsibilities for cash management and marketing. She is actively involved in the community, serving as President of the Chiaha Guild of Arts and Crafts and is a Board Member of the Coosa Valley Tennis Association. She is a 2007 graduate of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s Leadership Rome program. Jennifer and her husband, Kevin, and their son, Cooper, are lifelong residents of Rome.

For over a half century, the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University has been a major provider of advanced financial education in the United States. The program is presented by the Southern States Conference at Louisiana State University and sponsored by 15 southern State Bankers Associations. Sessions for the three-year program are held each spring on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, and students are expected to complete extensive bank study assignments in between. The School’s purpose is to fill the need for graduate level study by bank officers and others meeting admission requirements leading toward a broader knowledge and understanding of major banking functions.

Sarah Greer promoted to Assistant Vice President

Friday, July 12, 2019

River City Bank is proud to announce that Sarah Greer has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Deposit Operations. Sarah joined the bank’s retail team in 2007 as a Community Banking Associate. She quickly transitioned into Deposit Operations in 2008 and was named Deposit Operations Manager in 2011. Sarah’s role reflects her experience and expertise in the critical areas of operational controls and financial risk. As a member of the bank’s management team she plays a key role in managing the bank’s operational risk while supporting the needs of our clients and staff.

“As we begin to move into the next phase of the bank’s development, it is important that we recognize the hard work, and critical risk skills that Sarah brings to bank operations,” says Connie Williams, CFO. “Her promotion is well-deserved and hard-earned.   River City Bank would not be the company we are today were it not for her contributions.”

“Outstanding service is a cornerstone of our business model, and Sarah consistently provides that service both internally and externally as Deposit Operations Manager,” stated Jamie Tallent, President and CEO. “She uses her in-depth knowledge to solve problems quickly, to introduce new initiatives, and to drive innovation for our organization. Sarah is capable, confident and committed to our mission of extraordinary customer service, and I am pleased to recognize her promotion.”

Sarah holds an Accounting diploma from Appalachian Technical College. She, her husband Rick and daughter Kylie are Cave Spring residents. Sarah and her family enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and rock-climbing.