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Ameris Bancorp (ABCB.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Daniel Jeter

64 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Edwin Hortman

62 2005 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dennis Zember

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

Lawton Bassett

47 2017 Banking Group President and President of Ameris Bank

Cindi Lewis

62 2006 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Secretary

Stephen Melton

65 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Jon Edwards

54 2011 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

James LaHaise

55 2016 Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Florida and South Carolina

Andrew Cheney

66 2017 Chief Banking Executive

Elizabeth McCague

2016 Director

William Bowen

51 2014 Independent Director

Robert Ezzell

66 2010 Independent Director

Leo Hill

60 2013 Independent Director

Robert Lynch

52 2000 Independent Director

William Stern

59 2013 Independent Director

Jimmy Veal

67 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.

Edwin Hortman

Mr. Edwin W. Hortman, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ameris Bancorp. He has served as a President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2005. Director since November 2003. President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2003 through December 2004. Executive Vice President and Regional Bank Executive for Northern Division from August 2002 through November 2003. President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Citizens Security Bank from April 1998 to November 2003. Director of each subsidiary bank in the Northern Division from September 2002 through March 2004.

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.

Lawton Bassett

Mr. Lawton E. Bassett, III, serves as Banking Group President and President of Ameris Bank of the Company. Mr. Bassett has been with the Company since 1997 and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for the Georgia and Alabama regions of the Company and Ameris Bank. He served as Regional President and Market President since 2006. 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.

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.

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 Chief Banking Officer for Florida and South Carolina of Ameris Bancorp. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Florida and South Carolina since February 2016. 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.

Andrew Cheney

Mr. Andrew B. Cheney serves as Chief Banking Executive of the Company and Ameris Bancorp. He was 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.

Elizabeth McCague

Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) A. McCague serves as Director of the Company. Ms. McCague is President of McCague & Company, LLC, a mediation services provider for resolution of financial disputes. In addition, Ms. McCague currently serves as a consultant for the Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund.

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. 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 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. 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.

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 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, and he resides in the Company’s Jacksonville, Florida market.

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.

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 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.

Angela Redd

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