“After years of outstanding performance, I’m excited to see Bernard advance to East Metro Atlanta President,” said Doug Higgins, Atlanta Metro President for United Community Bank. “He has played a tremendous part in our recent growth in Atlanta and I look forward to watching his success for the years to come.”
Stanford has over 20 years of banking experience and joined United in 2018 as senior vice president and regional banking manager where he led the Rockdale and Newton markets. Prior to joining United, he worked at Wells Fargo and BB&T in commercial and industrial lending.
“I’m honored to take on this expanded role with United,” said Stanford. “I look forward to continuing the growth of the bank in the East Atlanta area and focusing on what matters the most – excellent customer service and personalized financial solutions for our clients.”
Stanford graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. Additionally, he is a graduate of United’s Leadership Academy, an internal leadership development program, and served on United’s Power of U Council to help promote the importance of inclusion and the value of diversity within the bank. He also completed the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 21 years and five children, playing golf and sailing with friends and family.
About United Community Banks, Inc.
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQGS: UCBI) provides a full range of banking, wealth management and mortgage services for relationship-oriented consumers and business owners. As of June 30, 2022, United had $24.2 billion in assets and 195 offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, along with a national SBA lending franchise and a national equipment lending subsidiary. The company, known as “The Bank That SERVICE Built,” has been recognized nationally for delivering award-winning service. In 2022, J.D. Power ranked United highest in customer satisfaction with consumer banking in the Southeast, marking eight out of the last nine years United earned the coveted award. Forbes recognized United as one of the top ten World’s Best Banks in 2022. Forbes also included United on its 2022 list of the 100 Best Banks in America for the ninth consecutive year. United also received ten Greenwich Excellence Awards in 2021 for excellence in Small Business Banking and Middle Market Banking, including national awards for Overall Satisfaction and Likelihood to Recommend. United was also named one of the "Best Banks to Work For" by American Banker in 2021 for the fifth consecutive year based on employee satisfaction. Additional information about United can be found at www.ucbi.com.