State Bank creates mortgage division

Less than a year after Macon-based State Bank and Trust took over Security Bank, it has created its own mortgage lending division for Middle Georgia.

The newly hired team is Deborah James, senior vice president; Leigh Hartley, senior mortgage lender; Amy Gibson, mortgage lender; and Teresa Gainey, senior loan processor, according to a news release.

All four are located in Macon.

“We are fortunate to have this respected group of professionals at the nucleus of the State Bank mortgage division,” Regional Executive Dan Forrester said in the release.

“They have for many years provided mortgage solutions to satisfied clients, and they are a significant asset to our team,” Forrester said.

James, with more than 15 years mortgage management experience, is based at the bank’s 1535 Bass Road office, and she also is responsible for a planned metro Atlanta mortgage operation.

Hartley has more than 20 years in banking and will serve clients from the State Bank office at 5980 Zebulon Road.

Gibson, with more than 17 years of banking experience will work from the office at 4219 Forsyth Road.

With more than 19 years of lending experience, Gainey also is located at the Zebulon Road office.

State Bank acquired the assets and deposits of Security Bank in July 2009 after the government shut down the six bank subsidiaries owned by Security Bank Corp.

Security Bank’s mortgage company, Security Real Estate Services Inc., was not part of the purchase, and it remained under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Also last year, State Bank acquired through the FDIC the assets and deposits of Buckhead Community Bank in Atlanta and First Security National Bank in Norcross.

State Bank is one of Georgia’s best-capitalized banks with about $2.5 billion in assets, the release stated. Other than its Macon offices, it has branches in Houston, Dooly and Jones counties and in metro Atlanta.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.