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    United Community Bank announces Craig Dowdy as new East Atlanta President

    • Posted on April 20, 2023
    ATLANTA, Ga.– April 20, 2023 – United Community Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of veteran banker Craig Dowdy to President of East Atlanta.  In this expanded role, Dowdy will be responsible for leading United’s commercial operations in East Atlanta which includes Forsyth, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton, Oconee, Clarke and Henry counties.
    “Craig has demonstrated incredible leadership since coming to United and we are thrilled to have him move into this important position in our Atlanta market,” said Doug Higgins, Atlanta Metro President at United Community Bank. “He brings invaluable financial experience, and I am confident he will continue to do great things as the next East Atlanta President.”

    Dowdy joined United in 2020 as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Division Manager where he led the expansion of the Alpharetta loan production office. Most recently he has served as Market President of the 400 North Region covering Alpharetta and Forsyth counties. Dowdy is a veteran of the financial services industry in the Atlanta area. Prior to joining United, he worked at SunTrust for more than 16 years. Throughout his career, Dowdy has been awarded multiple times as a top performer, has served as a peer leader, and has managed hundreds of clients across dozens of counties throughout the state. 
    “The past couple of years with United have been remarkable and I’m grateful for the opportunity to elevate my role and lead the great team of bankers in East Atlanta,” said Dowdy. “As we continue to grow our presence in the Metro Atlanta area, I look forward to continuing the growth in the East Atlanta area and focusing on what matters the most – excellent customer service and personalized financial solutions for all of our clients.”
    Dowdy received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia Southwestern State University.  He resides with his wife and their two children in Sugar Hill, where they attend Shadowbrook Church. 

    About United Community Banks, Inc.
    United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) is a top 100 U.S. financial institution with $25.9 billion in assets, and through its subsidiaries, provides a full range of banking, wealth management and mortgage services. UCBI is the financial holding company for United Community Bank (“United Community”) which has 207 offices across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as a national SBA lending franchise and a national equipment lending subsidiary. United Community is committed to improving the financial health and well-being of its customers and ultimately the communities it serves. Among other awards, United Community is a nine-time winner of the J.D. Power award that ranked the bank #1 in customer satisfaction with consumer banking in the Southeast and was recognized in 2023 by Forbes as one of the World’s Best Banks and one of America’s Best Banks. The bank is also a multi-award recipient of the Greenwich Excellence Awards, including the 2022 awards for Small Business Banking-Likelihood to Recommend (South) and Overall Satisfaction (South), and was named one of the "Best Banks to Work For" by American Banker in 2022 for the sixth consecutive year. Additional information about United can be found at

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