Southern States Bank Makes Organizational Changes


 July 2, 2019– Stephen W. Whatley, Chairman and CEO of Southern States Bank, recently announced the following promotion and organizational changes of the bank.

“I am pleased to announce the recent executive organizational changes.  Without the dedication and hard work of these executives, Southern States Bank wouldn’t be where it is today,” said Whatley.  “This is a strategic planning move on the part of the bank’s management team and the board of directors of the bank and holding company to position the bank for continued growth in Alabama, Georgia and other markets in the Southeast.”

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Mark Chambers

Mark Chambers has been promoted to President of Southern States Bank.  Mark has been serving as Senior Executive Vice President for the Southern Region of the bank including Lee County, Talladega County in Alabama and Muscogee County in Georgia.  Mark has been employed with Southern States Bank since January 2007.  He has demonstrated his strong leadership abilities in growing the Lee and Muscogee County markets to be the two biggest markets in the bank’s footprint.  He will have all banks reporting directly to him.

Jack Swift has been named Chief Operating Officer of Southern States Bank.  Jack has been with the bank since December 2006 and has most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President of the Central Region to include Anniston, Birmingham and Huntsville in Alabama, as well as Carrollton, Bremen, Newnan and Atlanta in Georgia.  He also heads up all mortgage lending and SBA and USDA lending for the bank.  Jack will be supervising all bank loan and deposit operations bank wide, as well as information technology, compliance and will continue to assist with business development in all the bank’s markets

Greg Smith has been with Southern States Bank since November 2006 serving in the capacity of Chief Credit Officer.  Greg has been named Head of all Risk Management for the bank, including serving as the management head of the Risk Management Committee, which will manage all bank risks.  He will continue to serve as the Chief of Risk Management and manage all lending in the bank as Chief Credit Officer.

Lynn Joyce will continue to serve in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer and will focus on general accounting and regulatory matters for the bank.  She will also be responsible for mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and all other financial responsibilities of the bank as it continues to grow.