Verity Bank Directors

William G. Brantley, Jr.

Mr. Brantley resides in Winder, Barrow County, Georgia and has lived in Georgia since 1961. In 1983, Mr. Brantley received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Georgia while working in the construction industry with a local builder. After college, Mr. Brantley began his own construction companies, WGB Construction, Inc. and Southfork Homes, Inc. of Winder, Georgia, primarily building single-family residences. Mr. Brantley also owns Colonial Development, Inc., which develops subdivisions for other builders. Mr. Brantley is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association and the Barrow County Home Builder Association. He is an active member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.

 

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Richard Combs

Richard (Rich) Combs is Chairman of Verity Bank. He has 30 years of entrepreneurial and operational experience in the industrial equipment markets. He was the Founder and President of Pureflow Ultraviolet, Inc., a Gwinnett County business, which was sold to an international acquirer after 21 years of operation. Currently, he is CEO of Excella International Corporation, a developer and distributor of high technology fluid treatment products. Mr. Combs brings along 12 years of Director experience in the banking industry. He was an organizer and Director of Gwinnett Banking Company for 10 years, prior to its acquisition by First Charter Bank. He then joined First Charter and served until they were acquired by Fifth Third Bank. While at Gwinnett Banking Company, Mr. Combs served on the Executive Committee, the Loan Committee, and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. At First Charter Bank, he served on the Loan Committee and the Trust Committee. A North Carolina native, Mr. Combs earned a BS in Engineering Science from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from Georgia State University. Most recently, he completed the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks, "Directors School," at UNC-Chapel Hill. Mr. Combs has worked with many community organizations over the years. Currently, he helps young men at risk in Barrow County in a program of "direct intervention."

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John F. (Jack) Conway

Mr. Conway is the Vice Chairman of Verity Bank. Mr. Conway resides in Cumming, Forsyth County, Georgia and has been a resident of Georgia since 1968. He owns Atlanta Gear Works in Dawsonville, Georgia, which manufactures gears used in industrial machinery. Mr. Conway received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Auburn University in 1985. Civic duties include, volunteer work at the YMCA, Little League baseball coach, member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, and serves as President of the Belmont Homeowners Association. Mr. Conway was an organizer and Director of Mountain State Bank in Dawsonville, Dawson County, Georgia, an affiliate bank of GB&T Bancshares, Inc. in Gainesville, Georgia, currently owned by SunTrust.

 

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John L. Lewis

Mr. Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of Verity Bank. He resides in Dawsonville, Dawson County, Georgia, and has resided in Georgia since 1995. Mr. Lewis received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Clemson University and later graduated from the North Carolina School of Banking’s “Advanced Management Program”. Mr. Lewis also received a Masters Degree in banking from the LSU School of Banking, where he has served as a member of the faculty. From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Lewis was employed by Wachovia Bank, in Charlotte, N.C., in the personal banking and executive banking areas. Mr. Lewis left the banking industry for three years in 1989 to become a Commercial Real Estate Leasing Agent. Since returning to the banking industry in 1992, he has held the positions of Vice President and City Executive of First Citizens Bank in Clemson, South Carolina (1992-1995), Executive Vice President and President and Chief Executive Officer of Century South Bank of Dahlonega (1995-2000), President and Chief Executive Officer of Century South Bank of Carolina in Waynesville, North Carolina (March 2000 – November 2000) and Senior Vice President and Community Executive for Bank of North Georgia (December 2000 – July 2002). Mr. Lewis was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer and an Organizer and Director of Mountain State Bancshares, Inc. and Mountain State Bank in Dawsonville and Cumming, Georgia. Mr. Lewis has held leadership positions in various organizations such as local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, YMCAs, Habitat for Humanity groups, and local Development Authorities. Mr. Lewis was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Rotarian Foundation and was named Club Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Dahlonega in 1998. Mr. Lewis’s current civic duties include Vice Chairman of the GBA Community Bankers Committee. His past community activities include service as a Director of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia, Chairman of the Financial Committee of Dahlonega United Methodist Church, Director of the Executive Committee of Downtown Waynesville Association, Director of Haywood Regional Medical Center Association Council, Director of Lumpkin County Development Authority, Director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College and State University.

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Ryker J. Lowe

Mr. Lowe resides in Jasper, Georgia and is President of Jasper Jeep Dodge Chrysler, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is a member of Pickens Star Lodge #220 and a member of Jasper First Baptist Church.

 

 

 

 

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J.J. Shah, MD

Dr. Shah resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia and specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. He received his M.B., B.S., from the University of Baroda in India. Since 1984, Dr. Shah has served as President of the Gwinnet Clinic, which is a rapidly expanding multi-specialty medical group with 30 physicians and over 16 facilities located in Barrow, Gwinnett and Walton Counties. Various appointments and memberships include: Diplomat of American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; Member, Floyd E. Bliven Society at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta; Life Member, Indian Orthopedic Association; Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopedics at the Medical College of Georgia; Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopedics at the Emory University School of Medicine; Member, Board of Trustees for the Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County and Commissioner, of the Asian American Commission of Georgia. Dr. Shah has also served in various bank oversight roles such as Director, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, and Member of Loan Committee. Dr. J.J. Shah also serves as a Director for Verity Bank in Winder, Georgia.

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Kirti K. Shah, MD

Dr. Shah resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia and specializes in Nephrology, Hypertension and Dialysis. He received his M.B. and B.S., from the University of Mumbai and is in medical practice at the Kidney-Hypertension Clinic, PC in Lawrenceville, Georgia. In 1990, Dr. Shah established the Nephron Corporation, which develops state of the art Dialysis Centers to care for Dialysis patients in Barrow, Gwinnett, Walton, Hall and Clarke Counties. Dr. Shah is a Medical Director for the Nephron Corporation’s Dialysis Clinics and the Kidney-Hypertension Clinic, PC. Dr. Shah is a professional member of the American Society of Nephrology, American Medical Association, and the Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage (GAPI). Dr. Kirti Shah also serves as a Director of Verity Bank in Winder, Georgia.

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Steven F. Smith

Mr. Smith is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Verity Bank which was founded in Winder, GA and opened in October of 2008. Mr. Smith and his family have resided in Winder, GA since 2003. Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Florida State University. He began his banking career at Southland Bank in Dothan, Alabama from 1993 to 1997, where he was involved in commercial lending and branch management. Mr. Smith has held several senior level positions including Senior Vice President of Century South Bank in Dahlonega, Vice President and City Executive for Branch Banking and Trust in Blue Ridge, Vice President and City Executive for Branch Banking and Trust in Winder, Georgia and Executive Vice President of Mountain State Bank in Dawsonville, Georgia. Mr. Smith has been involved in several civic, social and community organizations, he currently serves as First Vice-Chair of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Leadership Barrow Committee, Member of the Winder Rotary Club, Executive Board Member of the Northeast Georgia Council o f BSA, Board Member of the Barrow County Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 700. He formerly served as Cubmaster for Pack 235, Board Member of the Brad Akins YMCA in Winder, Georgia and Board Member of Med Link of Georgia. He is a member of Winder First United Methodist Church where he has served in several roles such as Chairperson for Administrative Board, Chairperson for Staff Parish Relations, and Member of Finance Committee. He is married to the former Kimberly Melton of Dothan, Alabama and they have two children, Hannah and Spencer.

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Anna B. Williams

Ms. Williams is a Certified Public Accountant. She lives in Dawsonville, Georgia, and has been an Atlanta-metro resident since 1965. She owns Anna B. Williams PC, a tax and accounting firm serving high net worth individuals and their related businesses. She is a member of the Development Authority of Dawson County and the Industrial Building Authority of Dawson County. She is a member of Dawson County Rotary Club and maintains an active role in community affairs of Dawson County. Ms. Williams serves on the Business Advisory Council to the Dean of the Business School at North Georgia College & State University. She is a member of the North Georgia Community Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Williams served for five years as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Mountain State Bank in Dawsonville and as Board Member and Audit Chair of Gainesville Bank & Trust Company. She has served as member of loan committee, executive committee, audit committee and ALCO committee during her bank service. She completed the Georgia Bankers Association Community Bankers College in 2002 and often attends the Georgia Society of CPAs’ annual Financial Institutions Conference.

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