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James R. Balkcom, Jr.
Committee Name
Risk Committee
Independent Director Committee
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James R. Balkcom, Jr., age 73, a director of the Company since January 2010 (and a director of State Bank since July 2009), is Chairman of the board of Espri Gas, Inc., a gas supply chain management company. Mr. Balkcom also serves as Chairman of the board of TalentQuest, LLC and as a CEO Council Member of Council Capital, Inc., a position he has held since 2001. Mr. Balkcom also served as a director of EndoChoice, Inc. from 2009 until 2016 and as a director of Reach Health, Inc. from 2010 until 2014. Mr. Balkcom served in board leadership positions for numerous companies, including serving as Chairman of Commerce South Bank, Inc. and Century South Banks, Inc. and as director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Data Path, Inc. Mr. Balkcom also served as Chief Executive Officer of Techsonic Industries, Inc. from 1977 to 1994. He currently serves as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Georgia and on the executive committee of the USO Council of Georgia. Mr. Balkcom’s extensive experience in corporate governance and finance, together with his management experience as a senior executive with several companies, make him well qualified to be a member of our board.
Archie L. Bransford, Jr.
Committee Name
Risk Committee
Independent Director Committee
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Archie L. Bransford, Jr., age 65, a director of the Company since January 2010 (and a director of State Bank since November 2009), is the President of Bransford & Associates, LLC, a bank regulatory consulting group that consults with banks on risk management and regulatory matters, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to forming the consulting group, Mr. Bransford retired from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as the Deputy Comptroller for the agency’s Southern District, where he was responsible for the regulatory activity of approximately 700 banks. Mr. Bransford’s depth of knowledge and valuable experience with bank regulatory matters make him well qualified to be a member of our board.
Ann Q. Curry
Committee Name
Risk Committee
Independent Director Committee
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Ann Q. Curry, age 74, a director of the Company and State Bank since July 2013, is the Chair and Chief Client Strategist of Coxe Curry & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations in greater Atlanta and throughout Georgia, a position she has held since 2015. Ms. Curry previously served as the President of Coxe Curry & Associates from 1992 until 2014. Ms. Curry serves on the CDC Foundation’s Advisory Board, on the Nominating Committee of United Way and on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Conservancy. She also currently serves on the advisory board for Duke University Libraries. Ms. Curry’s extensive experience in business management, as well as her depth of knowledge of the market areas we serve, make her well qualified to be a member of our board.
Virginia A. Hepner
Committee Name
Audit Committee
Independent Director Committee
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Virginia A. Hepner, age 60, a director of the Company and State Bank since September 2010, served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Woodruff Arts Center from 2012 until her retirement in July 2017. Before joining The Woodruff Arts Center, Ms. Hepner was a business consultant with DMI, Inc., an entertainment and music marketing company, from 2011 until 2012. She serves on the boards of directors of Oxford Industries, Inc., a publicly traded lifestyle brands retailer, and National Vision Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded optical retailer. Ms. Hepner has over 25 years of corporate banking experience with Wachovia Bank and its predecessors, serving in numerous positions in North Carolina, Chicago and Atlanta, including as Atlanta Commercial Banking Manager, Manager of the Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Group, and Executive Vice President and Manager of the U.S. Corporate Client Group. Ms. Hepner’s depth of knowledge and years of experience in corporate banking make her well qualified to be a member of our board.
John D. Houser
Committee Name
Audit Committee
Independent Director Committee
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John D. Houser, age 69, a director of the Company since September 2012 (and a director of State Bank since July 2009), is Of Counsel at McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC, a certified public accounting firm, a position he has held since 2017. Mr. Houser previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Trust Corporation from 2007 until his retirement in August 2016. Mr. Houser served as director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Trust Insurance Company from 2007 until January 2016 and as a member of Southern Specialty Underwriters, LLC from 2009 until 2015. He served as a director of Flag Financial Corporation from 2004 until 2006 and as Managing Partner of Miller Ray Houser & Stewart, a Certified Public Accounting firm in Atlanta, from 1998 until 2007. Mr. Houser currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Mr. Houser’s depth of knowledge and years of experience in finance and accounting make him well qualified to be a member of our board.
Anne H. Kaiser
Committee Name
Risk Committee
Independent Director Committee
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Anne H. Kaiser, age 61, a director of the Company and State Bank since September 2016, is the Vice President of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power Company, a position she has held since 2015, leading the company’s efforts to recruit new industry to Georgia and help existing industries grow. Ms. Kaiser previously served as Vice President, Northwest Region for Georgia Power Company from 2008 until 2015. Ms. Kaiser joined Georgia Power Company in 2008 and has held a variety of positions, including Vice President of Corporate Services, assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer, and Vice President of Sales. She is also active in many not-for-profit and civic organizations, including the boards of Berry College, where she chairs the Finance Committee, and Georgia Children’s Cabinet. In addition, she serves as chair of the REACH Foundation and co-chair of the Alliance Theatre board. Ms. Kaiser’s experience in dealing with complex business problems, as well as her substantial community involvement in the market areas we serve, make her well qualified to be a member of our board.
William Davis McKnight
Committee Name
Audit Committee
Independent Director Committee
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William D. McKnight, age 60, a director of the Company and State Bank since February 2015, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of McKnight Construction Company, a general contracting firm that operates in the Southeast, a position he has held since 1979. Mr. McKnight is also the President of Will McKnight Construction Company, a position he has held since 1999. Mr. McKnight previously served as a director of Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (“Georgia-Carolina Bancshares”) until it merged with the Company on January 1, 2015. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Bank of Georgia, which we acquired in our acquisition of Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, from May 2010 until July 2015, when First Bank of Georgia was merged into State Bank. Mr. McKnight’s extensive experience in business management, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the Augusta market, makes him well qualified to be a member of our board.
Asif Ramji
Committee Name
Independent Director Committee
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Asif Ramji is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Paymetric, Inc., a company providing electronic payment acceptance and data security solutions for enterprises, a position he has held since 2011. Mr. Ramji previously served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Paymetric, Inc. from 2009 until 2011. Mr. Ramji serves as a director of the Atlanta FinTech Taskforce. He also serves in board leadership positions for not-for-profit and civic organizations, including the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the Atlanta Ballet, where he serves as Vice Chairman and director, and the Alliance Theatre, where he serves as a director. Mr. Ramji’s depth of knowledge and years of experience within the payment transaction processing industry, as well as his extensive experience in business leadership makes him well qualified to be a member of our board.
G. Scott Uzzell
Committee Name
Independent Director Committee
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G. Scott Uzzell is the President and General Manager of Venturing & Emerging Brands (VEB), a division of The Coca-Cola Company, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Uzzell previously served as President of ZICO Beverages, LLC from 2013 until 2014 and as Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales from 2012 until 2013. Mr. Uzzell previously served in a number of leadership roles for The Coca-Cola Company, including Vice President of Business Development and Emerging Brand Incubation within VEB from 2009 until 2012. Mr. Uzzell serves as a director of Florida A&M University Foundation and Youth Entrepreneurship of Georgia. Mr. Uzzell’s extensive experience in strategic business development makes him well qualified to be a member of our board.

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