Sixth-largest bank in Jacksonville makes top executive changes 

(Courtesy Jacksonville Business Journal)


Ameris Bancorp (Nasdaq: ABCB), parent of Ameris Bank, announced key changes to its executive team for the new year.

Dennis Zember, Jr. will start as CEO of Ameris Bank on Jan. 1, succeeding Ewin Hortman Jr. Zember was previously executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Ameris Bancorp as well as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ameris Bank.

Hortman will remain president and CEO of Ameris Bancorp and will take on the role of executive chairman for both companies.

Nicole Stokes will be promoted to executive vice president and CFO of both companies, also effective Jan. 1. Stokes was previously the senior vice president and CFO of Ameris Bank.

“We have impressive talent on our team, and I am proud that we are in a position to promote from within our own company,” Hortman said in a released statement. “Both Dennis and Nicole have exhibited the kind of leadership we value at Ameris and that produces exceptional results. Along with our board of directors, I extend congratulations to Dennis and Nicole.”

Daniel Jeter, who was board chairman since 2007, will become the lead independent director of Ameris Bancorp’s board of directors.

Ameris is the sixth-largest bank in Jacksonville, with about $1 billion in local deposits.


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