People: Ameris Bancorp (ABCB.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Daniel Jeter

62 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Edwin Hortman

60 2005 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dennis Zember

44 2005 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Andrew Cheney

64 2012 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Banking Group President

Cindi Lewis

60 2006 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary

Thomas Limerick

54 2012 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Stephen Melton

63 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Jon Edwards

52 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer and Director - Credit Administration

R. Dale Ezzell

64 2010 Independent Director

J. Raymond Fulp

69 1989 Independent Director

Leo Hill

58 2013 Independent Director

Robert Lynch

50 2000 Independent Director

Brooks Sheldon

68 2005 Independent Director

William Stern

56 2013 Independent Director

Jimmy Veal

65 2008 Independent Director

Cara Horne

Investor Relations Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Daniel Jeter

Mr. Daniel B. Jeter serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of Ameris Bancorp. He serves 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.

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 Ameris Bank, the Company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary (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 seven 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 2016.

Dennis Zember

Mr. Dennis J. Zember, Jr., is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Ameris Bancorp. He wasSenior 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.

Andrew Cheney

Mr. Andrew B. Cheney is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Banking Group President of Ameris Bancorp. He has been Executive Vice President 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.

Cindi Lewis

Ms. Cindi H. Lewis is 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.

Thomas Limerick

Mr. Thomas S. Limerick is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Ameris Bancorp. He serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer since May 2012. Director of Technology Strategy and Architecture of Whitney National Bank from April 2008 to June 2011. Director of Technology Strategy and Planning with Pearson from February 2007 to April 2008. Global Enterprise Architecture and Manager of Strategic Process Architecture at GM-GMAC from June 2004 to April 2007. Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Integrated Medical Systems from February 2002 to February 2004.

Stephen Melton

Mr. Stephen A. Melton serves as 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.

Jon Edwards

Mr. Jon S. Edwards is Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer and Director - Credit Administration of Ameris Bancorp. He has beenExecutive Vice President and Director of Credit Administration 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.

R. Dale Ezzell

Mr. R. Dale Ezzell serves as Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. 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. His years as a director of a subsidiary bank, along with his varied business and practical experience, give him a valuable understanding of the challenges faced by the Company and its customers. Mr. Ezell’s term expires in 2015.

J. Raymond Fulp

Mr. J. Raymond Fulp is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. He has served as a director of the Company since 1989 and as a director of Ameris Bank, the Company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary (the “Bank”), since February 2006. Mr. Fulp served as a director and Chairman of the Board of Citizens Security Bank, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, from 1987 and 2000, respectively, and until the merger of Citizens Security Bank into the Bank in 2006. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s community board in Tifton, Georgia. He is a pharmacist and was the co-owner of Midtown Pharmacy in Tifton, Georgia from 1974 until its sale in 1999. He received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Georgia. With his lengthy service as a member of the Board and as a director of one of the Company’s former subsidiary banks, Mr. Fulp offers the Board a keen understanding of the Company’s business, history and organization.

Leo Hill

Mr. Leo J. Hill is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. 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 2015.

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 more than 25 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, and he resides in the Company’s Jacksonville, Florida market. His business experience is extensive and varied, which gives him a firsthand understanding of the challenges 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.

Brooks Sheldon

Mr. Brooks Sheldon is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. Hehas 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. Mr. Sheldon brings to the Board extensive banking experience and a strong understanding of the Company’s history, operations and guiding principles.

William Stern

Mr. William (Bill) H. Stern is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. 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. 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.

Jimmy Veal

Mr. Jimmy D. Veal is Independent Director of Ameris Bancorp. 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 has been active in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. Together with his family, he currently owns and operates The Beachview Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia and Beachview Tent Rentals 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 2015.

Cara Horne

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