March 15, 2017

United Community Bank announces Laura Hodge as the new commercial relationship manager. Hodge brings more than 15 years of experience in the commercial banking industry to her new role. She will be based at the East North Street office.

“Laura has an abundance of experience in successfully helping clients reach their financial goals, and we are proud to add her to our expanding team in the Upstate,” said Michelle Seaver, president of United Community Bank—Greenville County. “We are confident that her expertise and skills will be a tremendous asset to our Greenville office and the clients we serve.”

Hodge has worked in a variety of industries including commercial and technical sales in recycling and chemicals, and both commercial and commercial real estate banking. Prior to joining United Community Bank, Hodge served as a Commercial Banking Analyst for the Commercial Real Estate team for BB&T.

“United Community Bank is able to better serve the community because decisions are made locally and made quickly,” said Hodge. “This is one of the many reasons I look forward to working with a bank that is both large enough to have vast offerings and resources but small enough to nourish relationships with its clients.”

Hodge earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She has been active with Meals on Wheels of Greenville County for several years, and is currently in her third year of serving on the Board and first year on the Executive Committee.

About United Community Bank:

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) is a registered bank holding company based in Blairsville, Georgia with $10.7 billion in assets.  The company's banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the southeast region's largest full-service banks, operating 139 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  The bank specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals, small businesses and corporations.  Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products including mortgage, advisory, and treasury management.  Respected national research firms consistently recognize United Community Bank for outstanding customer service: In 2014, 2015 and 2016, J.D. Power ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2017, for the fourth consecutive year, Forbes included United among their list of the top 100 Best Banks in America.  Additional information about the company and the bank's full range of products and services can be found at www.ucbi.com.



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