May 12, 2017

United Community Bank recently recognized employees  for their outstanding performance in meeting customers’ needs throughout the first quarter of 2017. This acknowledgement is part of the bank’s quarterly Sales and Service Champion program.

The following individuals and teams were recognized as top producers in their respective areas for the first quarter of 2017:

  • Mortgage: Adam Kernen

Kernen is based in Charleston, S.C.

  • Investments/Advisory Services: Jay Burkett

Burkett is based in Cleveland, Ga. but also serves the North Georgia region in Gainesville, Murrayville and Oakwood.

  • Specialized Lending: Senior Care

The Senior Care lending team serves clients nationwide and is based in Birmingham, AL.

  • Customer Derivatives: Shelia Stolorena

Stolorena is based in Lawrenceville, Ga.


Six branch teams were recognized for their superior customer service, profitability and growth performance in the first quarter.  The top performing teams are located in the following cities: Atlanta, Ga. (Embry Hills); Stockbridge, Ga.; Kingston Tenn.; Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Park West); Spartanburg, S.C. (West St. John St.); and Greenville, S.C. (Augusta St.).

United also acknowledged an employee and a branch team for their dedication to support and operational excellence respectively. Sharon Poteete, Bank Operations Supervisor, was recognized with the Support Staff award for her selfless attitude and willingness to assist other support areas with her time and expertise.  The Laurens, S.C. (Church Street) branch team received the Operational Excellence Award, besting all other branch locations for consistent, high quality operational performance.

“It is truly inspiring to see the degree of professionalism, passion, culture, competitiveness and dedication this company has, and I’m so proud of everyone,” said Jimmy Tallent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Community Bank. “The strength of the team is each individual member; and the strength of each member is the team. United knows both sides and does one heck of a job. Congratulations!”

The individuals and teams were honored on April 19, 2017 at a Sales and Service Champion luncheon in Hiawassee, Ga. Additionally, one champion was randomly selected from the group to award a $500 donation to a charity of their choice within their community. This quarter’s winner was the Senior Care Lending team, which selected Smile-A-Mile. Smile-A-Mile helps those in Alabama who are affected by childhood cancer thrive during treatment and the years beyond. 

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 134 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, 2016 and 2017, 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


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