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United Community Selects Nominees for 2024 Leadership Academy

  • Posted on February 13, 2024

GREENVILLE, SC, - United Community has selected 25 emerging team members to participate in its 2024 Leadership Academy class, a nine-month internal professional development program aimed at strengthening participants’ leadership skills and understanding of United’s core values.

“At United Community, we want to be a great place for great people to work,” said Moryah Jackson, SVP, community development and engagement. “Leadership Academy helps develop promising talent of all levels, enabling them to better deliver on our promise to strengthen the financial health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

Throughout the program, participants will join key meetings and leadership roundtables with United’s executive management. Upon completion of Leadership Academy, candidates graduate with Clemson University’s miniMBA certificate and will have completed a strategic business recommendation project and a community impact project. More than 90 bankers have completed the program since it was launched in 2016.

United bankers selected for the eighth-year class are:
• Amber Holden (Blairsville, Ga.)
• Andrew Shull (Greenville, S.C.)
• April Irwin (Laurens, S.C.)
• April James (Canton, Ga.)
• Brice Sprayberry (Mount Pleasant, S.C.)
• Caleb Patteson (Greenville, S.C.)
• Chris Klein (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.)
• Chris Shinpaugh (Blue Ridge, Ga.)
• Christopher Huey (Greenville, S.C.)
• Darren West (Elijay, Ga.)
• David Glenn (Columbia, S.C.)
• Elizabeth Boggess (Greenville, S.C.)
• Hannah Coffey (Blairsville, Ga.)
• Jacob Partin (Springfield, Tenn.)
• Jami Bucy (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
• Jason Boskey (Sarasota, Fla.)
• Jeff Waddail (Huntsville, Ala.)
• Kristin N. Couch (Greenville, S.C.)
• Lauren Dubois (Elijay, Ga.)
• Lauren McElveen (Greenville, S.C.)
• Lane Redding (Inlet Beach, Fla.)
• Michele Roark (Anderson, S.C.)
• Scott Toth (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
• Stephanie Sharp (Bufford, Ga.)
• Steve Borecky (Embry Hills, Ga.)

About United Community Banks, Inc.
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) is the financial holding company for United Community, a top 100 US financial institution that is committed to improving the financial health and well-being of its customers and ultimately the communities it serves. United Community provides a full range of banking, wealth management, and mortgage services. As of December 31, 2023, United Community has $27.2 billion in assets and 207 offices across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as a national SBA lending franchise and a national equipment financing subsidiary. United Community has been recognized nationally as a leader in customer service, financial performance, and workplace environment. Among the accolades, 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. United Community was also recognized by Newsweek in 2023 as one of the Most Trusted Companies in America, is a multi-award recipient of the Greenwich Excellence Awards and was named by American Banker as one of the "Best Banks to Work For" in 2023 for the seventh consecutive year. Additional information about United Community can be found at

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