“We are excited to be celebrating this milestone for our bank, and we would like to thank our customers who have trusted us with their business over these many years,” said Michael Baker, Market President of Georgia Bank and Trust. “We look forward to meeting the financial needs of this community, and providing excellent customer service for many years to come.”
Georgia Bank and Trust (GBT) was chartered in 1987 and opened its doors for business on February 15, 1988, and was the first Gordon County bank to offer a full range of investment services as well as organize a local travel club (GadaBouTs) which now includes more than 1200 members.
The original Board of Directors included: Marvin Taylor, James A. Franklin, Larry Roye, Arthur C. Owens, Jr., Rodney Harbin, Jimmy Knight, Tim Haney, and John A. King, Jr. GBT became part of the Synovus network of banks in 1998.
Lamar Harrison, former Chairman of the Board and one of the original team members added, “The founders had a vision to provide the citizens of Calhoun a new choice in banking with people who were born and raised in the area and who were experienced bankers. Their mission was to have a financial institution that would serve our community and our local enterprises offering unparalleled service to each and every customer.”
GBT now employs more than 50 team members, seven of whom were among the original employees of the bank. GBT has two branches in Calhoun and one in Cartersville.
Based on the last FDIC report, Georgia Bank and Trust has the largest market share of deposits in Gordon County and has been voted “Best Bank” by the readers of Calhoun Magazine for the last four years.