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United Community Bank Selects Nominees for 2023 Leadership Academy

  • Posted on February 28, 2023

Greenville, SC - February 28, 2023 - United Community Bank has selected nineteen emerging leaders for the bank’s 2023 Leadership Academy, an internal professional development program including team members from across the five-state United Community Bank footprint. The program was designed to invest in bank employees by providing them with a 9-month learning experience to enhance their leadership skills while deepening their understanding of United Community Bank’s core values of team, truth, trust and caring. 

“Leadership development drives impact,” said Moryah Jackson, Senior Vice President of Community Development and Engagement. “At United Community Bank, great service starts with great people, and we are intentional about providing our team members with the opportunity to further their industry knowledge and leadership skills.”

The bankers selected from the United Community Bank footprint are: 

  • Alex Port (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Amy Smith (Cleveland, G.A.)
  • Austin Hailey (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Brett Timmer (Canton, Ga.)
  • Catherine Moore (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Dana Hayes (Blairsville, Ga.)
  • Emily Dixon (Savannah, Ga.)
  • Eric Bopp (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Jeanne Jordan (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Jodie Obernesser (Palm Beach Garden, Fla.)
  • Lisa Truex (Lenoir City, Tenn.)
  • Marian Bowers (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Michael Williams (Brentwood, Tenn.)
  • Mike Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
  • Nicole Eubanks (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Nikkole Lee (Orlando, Fla.)
  • Shane Shoulders (Franklin, Tenn.)
  • Sharon Carroll (Buford, Ga.)
  • Tiffany Ritter (Blairsville, Ga.)

The seventh-year class includes United Community Bank employees nominated by senior management throughout the bank’s footprint. While in the program, members will participate in key meetings and leadership roundtables with the bank’s executive management, complete a team strategic business recommendation project, a community impact project and earn Clemson University’s miniMBA certificate through their Center for Corporate Learning. The monthly sessions will span for nine months with graduation upon completion. More than 75 bankers have completed the program since it was launched in 2016. 


About United Community Banks, Inc.

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) provides a full range of banking, wealth management and mortgage services for consumers and business owners. As of December 31, 2022, United had $24.0 billion in assets and 192 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 has 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 2022 for the sixth consecutive year based on employee satisfaction. Additional information about United can be found at

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