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Commercial Bank Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Highland Commercial Bank
celebrated ten (10) years of providing community banking services in the Cobb
County and nearby areas. In a letter
from the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), CEO Camden Fine said,
“Community Bankers such as Highland Commercial Bank are relationship bankers
that are passionately committed to serving the needs of their local customers
and communities. Banks like Highland drive
economic stability and prosperity on ‘Main Street’ and make their communities
better places to work, live and prosper.”
At a luncheon for
employees and the Board of Directors celebrating the ten year anniversary,
Highland Commercial Bank CEO James Powell commented, “The business of banking,
especially for small banks in the Metro Atlanta market is markedly different
from just ten years ago. The adverse
impact of the recession has been a major impediment but technology and the new
expectations it brings have changed how we do business. Our mission, however, has remained the same,
we help people be successful.”
Mr. Powell also remarked that the bank has added staff to support the lending area of the bank, particularly in the area of government guaranteed loan programs which allow the bank to leverage its capital and offer more amenable terms to borrowers. The bank is re-branding and enhancing its personal and business accounts in 2014 featuring more electronic access and more convenience for customers.
-September 2, 2014
Commercial Bank Welcomes new Lender
James H. Powell, Chairman
and CEO of Highland Commercial Bank announced today that the ban has added
veteran banker Joseph L. “Joey” Pardo, Jr. to the bank’s lending staff.
Mr. Pardo was elected Vice
President in the bank’s business lending area and will specialize in commercial
and government guaranteed loan programs.
He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham (1990), Alabama,
with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Mr. Pardo is a native of North Alabama
(Sulligent) and began his banking career in 1993. He has held positions in commercial lending,
consumer lending and Small Business Administration (SBA) lending. He then served a two year appointment with
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Athens, Georgia as a
Business and Industry Loan Specialist.
Following this appointment, Mr. Pardo returned to a career in banking
serving customers throughout Georgia and Alabama utilizing his government
guaranteed loan program experience (SBA and USDA) to support economic
development and job growth throughout the region.
Mr. Pardo and his family reside
in Adairsville where he has served in many civic, social clubs and organizations
including: former President of the
Cartersville/Bartow County Exchange Club, Advisory Board President of Big
Brothers/Big Sisters of Bartow County, and Board Member of Big Brothers/Big
Sisters of Coosa Valley.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Pardo at Highland Commercial Bank,” commented Mr. Powell. “He is a recognized authority in the beneficial and productive use of SBA/USDA programs which help businesses succeed and help communities prosper. We look forward to expanding these programs at Highland.”
-August 29, 2014
Highland Commerical Bank is Raising Funds for the American Heart Association!
Highland Commercial Bank has committed to participating in the American Heart Association's Northwest GA's Heart Walk on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Because heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans, and affects the lives of so many of us, our family, and our friends, we have made this a priority.
Please help us raise funds for the American Heart Association by donating today! Click here to donate!
-August 22, 2014
Highland Commercial Bank Issues Ice Bucket Challenge
to all Georgia Community Banks
Highland Commercial Bank
is celebrating ten (10) years of serving Cobb County. To kick-off their year-long celebration, the
officers and staff have accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and “called out”
all other community banks in Georgia, the Georgia Bankers Association and the
Community Bankers Association, to join the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, by participating in this
fun and impacting challenge.
“Community Banks are the backbone
of our local economies. Helping small
businesses grow and helping folks achieve their financial dreams is what we are
all about,” explained James Powell, Highland Commercial Bank’s Chairman and CEO. “The Ice Bucket Challenge has already raised
more than $31 million dollars to fight ALS and we are proud to be a part of the
For more information about the disease, visit www.alsa.org.
-August 22, 2014
Highland Commercial Bank Welcomes James A. Moore,
Vice-President, Commercial Lending –
Mr. James H.
Powell, Chairman and CEO of Highland Commercial Bank announces the addition of
Mr. Moore is a native of Georgia and
graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia with a Bachelor
of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance. Mr. Moore has 35+ years of
business lending experience working with community and regional banks in the
northwest Metro Atlanta area.
Mr. Moore has been active in the
community by serving as Chairman of United Way Industry, past Treasurer of
American Cancer Society, Charter Member and past Treasurer of Cartersville
Exchange Club, member of Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and member of
Northside Athletes Foundation. Mr. Moore is also a Cartersville/Bartow County
Chamber of Commerce/Leadership Bartow graduate.
“We look forward to the benefit of Mr. Moore’s experience and leadership at Highland,” said Jim Powell, Highland Commercial Bank CEO and Chairman. “His knowledge of, and contacts in the community we serve will allow us to reach more business in Cobb County and the surrounding area.” Mr. Moore will be located at the Smyrna location at 1298 Concord Road.
-August 18, 2014
Highland Commercial Bank Welcomes Mark Hulbert,
Mr. James H. Powell,
Chairman and CEO of Highland Commercial Bank, announces that Mark Hulbert has recently joined
the bank and after a training period, will join the Business Lending area of
Hulbert is a Georgia native, having grown up in Perry, Georgia where he
graduated from Westfield High School. Mr. Hulbert is a graduate of the
University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. He
has completed post graduate Masters Degrees from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham,
Alabama and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
-July 22, 2014
RUSTY POWELL NAMED CHAIR OF COMMUNITY BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF
GEORGIA’S LEADERSHIP DIVISION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Community Bankers
Association (CBA) of Georgia’s Leadership Division named Russell H. “Rusty”
Powell, Group Vice President, Highland Commercial Bank, Marietta, as Chair of
the Leadership Division for the 2014-2015 year at the 36th Annual
Leadership Division Convention and Mini-Trade Show held recently at Amelia
Mr. Powell is a life-long
resident of Cobb County graduating from Marietta High School 1991 and
graduating from the University of Georgia in 1996. Mr. Powell was employed as Circulation Manager
for the Marietta Daily Journal for more than ten years. He joined Highland Commercial Bank in 2005 and
is a commercial lender. Mr. Powell has
been active in the leadership of the Community Bankers Association (CBA) of
Georgia since 2007. He is also a
graduate (2011) of the three year School of Banking program at the University
“We are proud of the
accomplishments that Rusty has achieved in his career with Highland Commercial
Bank, and are pleased that he will be leading this important community banking organization,” said Greg Griggs, President of
Highland Commercial Bank. “The Community
Bankers Leadership Division strives to ensure the future of Georgia’s banking
industry through furthering professional education, promoting financial
literacy in our schools, advocating for responsible legislation and regulatory
processes, and serving the local communities of the member banks.”
Mr. Powell noted that an annual event for this group is raising funds to support Children’s Healthcare in their mission of student nursing programs, childhood cancer research, school health, and other children-focused programs. “Our group raised over $41,500 this year,” he said, “bringing total contributions to Children’s Healthcare to over $400,000 since 1989. I am proud of this accomplishment and all the work that our group does to preserve and strengthen community banking. We have plans for expanding our service and outreach in the coming year and are pleased to foster the strength and the impact of community banking.”
-July 8, 2014