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Ameris Bancorp (ABCB.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Daniel Jeter

63 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Edwin Hortman

61 2005 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dennis Zember

46 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Cindi Lewis

61 2006 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary

Stephen Melton

64 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Andrew Cheney

66 2016 Executive Vice President, Banking Group President and President of Ameris Bank

Jon Edwards

53 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

James LaHaise

54 2014 Executive Vice President - Commercial Banking Executive

William Bowen

50 2014 Independent Director

Robert Ezzell

66 2010 Independent Director

Leo Hill

59 2013 Independent Director

Robert Lynch

51 2000 Independent Director

Brooks Sheldon

69 2005 Independent Director

William Stern

57 2013 Independent Director

Jimmy Veal

66 2008 Independent Director

Cara Monfort

Investor Relations Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Daniel Jeter

Mr. Daniel B. Jeter is Independent Chairman of the Board of Ameris Bancorp. He has served as a director of the Company since 1997 and as a director of the Bank since 2002. He has been Chairman of the Board of the Company and of the Board of Directors of the Bank since May 2007. He also serves on the community bank board for the Company’s Moultrie, Georgia market. Mr. Jeter is the Chairman and co-owner of Standard Discount Corporation, a family-owned consumer finance company. He joined Standard in 1979 and is an officer and director of each of Standard’s affiliates, including Colquitt Loan Company, Globe Loan Company of Hazelhurst, Globe Loan Company of Tifton, Globe Loan Company of Moultrie, Peach Finance Company, Personal Finance Service of Statesboro and Globe Financial Services of Thomasville. He is co-owner of Classic Insurance Company and President of Cavalier Insurance Company, both of which are re-insurance companies. Mr. Jeter is also a partner in a real estate partnership that develops owner-occupied commercial properties for office and professional use. He serves as a director and an officer of the Georgia Industrial Loan Corporation and as a director of Allied Business Systems. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.

Edwin Hortman

Mr. Edwin W. Hortman, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ameris Bancorp. He has served as a director of the Company since November 2003 and as a director of the Bank since February 2006. Mr. Hortman has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2005. From November 2003 through December 2004, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, and from 2002 to 2003, he served as Executive Vice President and North Regional Executive of the Company. From 1998 through 2003, Mr. Hortman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Security Bank, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Hortman also served as a director of Citizens Security Bank from 1998 to 2004. In addition, he served as a director of Central Bank & Trust, Southland Bank, First National Bank of South Georgia and Merchants & Farmers Bank, formerly wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Hortman also serves as Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association Insurance Trust. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, with emphasis in accounting and finance, from the University of Georgia. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.

Dennis Zember

Mr. Dennis J. Zember, Jr. is Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Zember also serve as Chief Operating Officer of Ameris Bank, the Company’s wholly owned banking subsidiary. He Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2005. Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Flag Financial Corporation and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Flag Bank from January 2002 to February 2005. Vice President and Treasurer of Century South Banks, Inc. from August 1997 to May 2001.

Cindi Lewis

Ms. Cindi H. Lewis is an Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary of Ameris Bancorp. She has been Chief Administrative Officer since May 2006, Executive Vice President since May 2002 and Corporate Secretary since May 2000. Director of Human Resources from May 2000 to May 2006 and Senior Vice President from May 2000 to May 2002.

Stephen Melton

Mr. Stephen A. Melton is an Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Ameris Bancorp., since October 19, 2011. He serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer since October 2011. President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Bank and Trust and Regional Chief Executive Officer of Synovus Financial Corporation from November 1998 to February 2011.

Andrew Cheney

Mr. Andrew B. Cheney is Executive Vice President, Banking Group President and President of Ameris Bank of Ameris Bancorp. He Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Banking Group President of the Company since May 2009. President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank since December 2010. Regional Executive for Florida and Coastal Georgia from February 2009 to May 2009. Florida Chairman from January 2008 to January 2009 and President from January 2000 to December 2007 with Mercantile Bank.

Jon Edwards

Mr. Jon S. Edwards is Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of Ameris Bancorp. He Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since May 2005. Executive Vice President and Regional Bank Executive for Southern Division from August 2002 through April 2005. Director of Credit Administration from March 1999 to July 2003. Senior Vice President from March 1999 to August 2002. Director of each subsidiary bank in the Southern Division from September 2002 through April 2005.

James LaHaise

Mr. James A. LaHaise is Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Executive of Ameris Bancorp. He is Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Executive since June 2014. President and Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Bankshares, Inc. and The Coastal Bank from January 2013 until they were acquired by the Company in June 2014, and Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of The Coastal Bank from May 2007 through December 2012.

William Bowen

Mr. William I. Bowen, Jr., is Independent Director of the Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Bowen has served as a director of the Company and as a director of Ameris Bank, the Company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary (the “Bank”), since November 2014. Mr. Bowen has served as a member of the community board of the Bank for the Tifton, Georgia market since 2012. Mr. Bowen is a partner and the President of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. He also serves as managing partner of Bowen Farming Enterprises, LLC, a timber, cattle, cotton and peanut farming operation, Bowen Land and Timber, LLC, and Fulwood Family Partnership, a farming and real estate development firm.

Robert Ezzell

Mr. R. Dale Ezzell is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Ezzell has served as a director of the Company and as a director of the Bank since May 2010. Mr. Ezzell served as a director of Southland Bank, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, from 1983 until the merger of Southland Bank into the Bank in 2006. He also served as Southland Bank’s Chairman from 1995 until such merger. Mr. Ezzell currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board in Dothan, Alabama. Mr. Ezzell is the founder and owner of Wisecards Printing and Mailing, a direct mail advertising business in Abbeville, Alabama. Prior to establishing Wisecards in 2001, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ezzell’s Inc., which operated several department stores in southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia, from 1987 to 2000. Mr. Ezzell holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Auburn University and resides in the Company’s Abbeville, Alabama market.

Leo Hill

Mr. Leo J. Hill is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Hill has served as a director of the Company and as a director of the Bank since January 2013. Mr. Hill is the owner of Advisor Network Solutions, LLC, a consulting services firm, and currently serves as Lead Independent Director of Transamerica Mutual Funds. Prior to his service with Transamerica, Mr. Hill held various positions in banking, including Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Administration Officer for Wachovia Bank of Georgia’s southeastern corporate lending unit, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnett Treasure Coast Florida with Barnett Banks and Market President of Sun Coast Florida with Bank of America. He has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in finance, both from Georgia State University, and he has completed Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking.

Robert Lynch

Mr. Robert P. Lynch is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. He has served as a director of the Company since 2000 and as a director of the Bank since February 2006. Mr. Lynch is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lynch Management Company, which owns and manages five automobile dealerships located in the Southeast. He has been with Lynch Management Company for 30 years. Mr. Lynch’s family also owns and operates Shadydale Farm, a beef cattle operation located in Shady Dale, Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida,

Brooks Sheldon

Mr. Brooks Sheldon is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. He has served as a director of the Company since 2005 and as a director of the Bank since 2003. Additionally, he served as President and a director of American Banking Company from 1989 until his retirement in 1997. He currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board in Moultrie, Georgia. Mr. Sheldon graduated from Davidson College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He has offered leadership to his community as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority, and the Colquitt County Hospital Authority. He currently serves as a member of the Hospital Authority.

William Stern

Mr. William (Bill) H. Stern is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Stern has served as a director of the Company and as a director of the Bank since November 2013. Mr. Stern currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board for the State of South Carolina. Mr. Stern has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Stern & Stern Associates, a real estate development firm doing work throughout the Southeast, since 1980. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina State Ports Authority and as a member of the board of the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development.

Jimmy Veal

Mr. Jimmy D. Veal is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Veal has served as a director of the Company and as a director of the Bank since May 2008. Mr. Veal was a founding director of Golden Isles Financial Holdings, Inc., which was the corporate parent of The First Bank of Brunswick prior to its acquisition by the Company and subsequent merger into the Bank. He served as a director of both Golden Isles Financial Holdings, Inc. and The First Bank of Brunswick from their inception in 1989 until their acquisition by the Company in 2001 and as Vice Chairman of both companies from 1996 until 2001. Mr. Veal currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community Board in Brunswick, Georgia. Mr. Veal was active in the hospitality industry for over 45 years. Together with his family, he formerly owned and operated The Beachview Club until its sale in 2014.

Cara Monfort