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United Community Bank Promotes John Wilson to Tennessee State President

  • Posted on August 10, 2022
Nashville, Tenn. - August 10, 2022 -  United Community Bank is pleased to name veteran banker John Wilson as Tennessee State President. Wilson was formerly the Middle Tennessee President for United following the merger with Reliant Bank earlier this year and had been one of the first employees of Reliant Bank when it started in 2006. Wilson steps into this role after his predecessor, DeVan Ard, passed away earlier this summer. 
Wilson has more than 30 years of community and regional banking experience and is a well-known member of the Middle Tennessee banking community. He worked closely with Ard to grow Reliant Bank during their 16 years together. 
“I am grateful to have this opportunity to lead this wonderful team. It’s a community that I know and love, just as DeVan did. I am honored to carry on the legacy of serving our customers and our employees and will work hard to do so,” Wilson said. 
“John is the absolute best person to take on this role and continue the momentum that has been so strong in Middle Tennessee for years,” said Rich Bradshaw, President and Chief Banking Officer at United Community Bank. “I’ve worked with him closely since the very beginning of our partnership, and even more over the last few months, and I trust in his steadfast commitment to continue to lead his team.” 
Wilson has a heart for his community, and in particular helping young people reach their full potential. He served on the local Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin and Williamson County for more than ten years. He is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking and the School of Banking of The South, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

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

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