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Ameris Bancorp (ABCB.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Daniel Jeter

65 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Edwin Hortman

63 2005 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dennis Zember

47 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Cindi Lewis

63 2006 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary

Joseph Kissel

63 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Stephen Melton

66 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Lawton Bassett

48 2017 Executive Vice President, Banking Group President, President of Bank

Andrew Cheney

67 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Executive

Jon Edwards

55 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

James LaHaise

56 2017 Executive Vice President and Corporate Banking Executive

William Bowen

52 2014 Independent Director

Robert Ezzell

67 2010 Independent Director

Leo Hill

61 2013 Independent Director

Robert Lynch

53 2000 Independent Director

Elizabeth McCague

67 2016 Independent Director

William Stern

60 2013 Independent Director

Jimmy Veal

68 2008 Independent Director

Angela Redd

2016 IR Contact 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. Mr. Jeter’s extensive experience in financial services, with a particular emphasis on lending activities, gives him invaluable insight into, and affords him a greater understanding of, the Company’s operations in his service as Chairman of the Board. As a long-tenured member of the Board, he has been closely involved in the Company’s expansion into new markets in recent years. Mr. Jeter’s term expires in 2019.

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. Having served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company for more than ten years, after successfully serving as a banking executive in other capacities for much of his career, Mr. Hortman brings not only extensive experience in banking and executive management to the Board, but also an intimate knowledge of the Company’s day-to-day business and operations. Mr. Hortman’s term expires in 2019.

Dennis Zember

Mr. Dennis J. Zember, Jr., is Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Ameris Bancorp. Mr. Zember Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2005; Chief Operating Officer since June 2016. 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.

Joseph Kissel

Mr. Joseph B. Kissel is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Company. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer since July 2016. Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BankUnited from November 2012 until July 2016. Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Home Equity Lending of Wells Fargo Bank from May 2005 until November 2012. Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Silvergate Bank from May 2002 through May 2005.

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.

Lawton Bassett

Mr. Lawton E. Bassett, III, is Executive Vice President, Banking Group President of the Company and President of Bank. Mr. Bassett has been Banking Group President of the Company and President of the Bank since February 2017. Executive Vice President since February 2016. Chief Banking Officer for Alabama and Georgia from February 2016 through January 2017. Regional President and Market President from 2006 through January 2017. From 2003-2006 served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Security Bank, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, served in various commercial lending and leadership roles at Barnett Bank and SunTrust.

Andrew Cheney

Mr. Andrew B. Cheney is Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Executive of the Company. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Executive of the Company and the Bank since February 2017. Chief Operating Officer of the Company from May 2009 through May 2016. Executive Vice President and Banking Group President of the Company from May 2009 through January 2017. President of the Bank from December 2010 through January 2017. Chief Operating Officer of the Bank from December 2010 through May 2016. 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 served as 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 and Corporate Banking Executive of Ameris Bancorp. He served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Banking Executive since February 2017. Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Florida and South Carolina from February 2016 through January 2017. Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Executive from June 2014 until February 2016. 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 resides in our Tifton, Georgia market, and he currently serves as Chairman of the community board of the Bank for that market. He has served as a member of the community board 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, Bowen Family Partnership and Fulwood Family Partnership, a farming and real estate development firm. Mr. Bowen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. His extensive business experience and knowledge of the local economy, as well as his expertise in the real estate and farming industries, make Mr. Bowen a valuable resource for the Board.

Robert Ezzell

Mr. Robert 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 Abbeville, Alabama market. His years as a director of a subsidiary bank, along with his varied business and practical experience, give him a valuable understanding of the issues faced by the Company and its customers. Mr. Ezzell’s term expires in 2018.

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. Mr. Hill is involved with the Investment Company Institute, the Conference of Fund Leaders, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Institute for Independent Business. With his wide-ranging professional and banking background, he brings a wealth of business and management experience to the Board. Mr. Hill’s term expires in 2018.

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 six automobile dealerships located in the Southeast. He has been with Lynch Management Company for more than 30 years. Mr. Lynch’s family also owns and operates Shady Dale Farm, a beef cattle operation located in Shady Dale, Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. Mr. Lynch resides in our Jacksonville, Florida market and currently serves as a member of the community board of the Bank for that market. His business experience is extensive and varied, which gives him a firsthand understanding of the adversities faced by not only the Company but also its commercial customers. This understanding informs his service as a director and is a key benefit to the Board.

Elizabeth McCague

Ms. Elizabeth A. McCague is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. McCague has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since August 2016. Ms. McCague previously served as a consultant for the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund, where she was responsible for the management of the $1.6 billion pension portfolio and the administration of benefits. Additionally, Ms. McCague provides mediation services for resolution of financial disputes through her business, McCague & Company, LLC. Ms. McCague currently serves on the UF Health Hospital Jacksonville board as the chair of the finance committee and will continue to serve in this capacity through 2018. She has previously served as co-chair of the University of Florida Capital Campaign, a six-year, $1.5 billion effort, and chair of the North Florida Bank’s Advisory Board. She was also formerly the Chief Operating Officer of a software development company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master of business administration degree from Jacksonville University. She resides in the Jacksonville, Florida market. Ms. McCague’s business experience is extensive and diverse, which provides valuable insight for the Bank and its customers.

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 Emeritus 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. His knowledge of the real estate industry, in addition to his extensive business experience and economic background, makes Mr. Stern a valuable resource for the Board. Mr. Stern’s term expires in 2019.

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 for the Southeast Georgia Coast. Mr. Veal has been active in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. Together with his family, he currently owns and operates Beachview Tent Rentals, Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia. He is also active in various real estate and timberland ventures in Glynn County, Georgia and Camden County, Georgia. In addition to his experience in banking, he has gained knowledge of many and varied industries and sectors of the economy, which provides him a unique and beneficial perspective for his service on the Board. Mr. Veal’s term expires in 2018.

Angela Redd

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Daniel Jeter

129,403

Edwin Hortman

2,409,630

Dennis Zember

862,764

Cindi Lewis

220,097

Joseph Kissel

661,706

Stephen Melton

993,949

Lawton Bassett

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Andrew Cheney

1,548,400

Jon Edwards

588,802

James LaHaise

--

William Bowen

119,503

Robert Ezzell

121,903

Leo Hill

124,503

Robert Lynch

126,903

Elizabeth McCague

54,176

William Stern

119,503

Jimmy Veal

124,503

Angela Redd

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As Of  30 Dec 2016