Northwest Georgia Bank Appoints Stephen Rownd As President & CEO

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Northwest Georgia Bank board of directors has appointed Stephen Rownd as the president and CEO of Northwest Georgia Bank.  He will also join the board of directors. 

Scott Smith will remain at the bank as executive vice president. 

“I am very honored to be part of the Northwest Georgia Bank team. The opportunities that lie ahead for building on the company’s long history of success are exciting,” Mr. Rownd said. 

Mr. Rownd joins the bank from Charlotte, NC with 30 years of extensive banking experience and knowledge.  Most recently, he served as president of Capital Bank of Tennessee, after the acquisitied Green Bankshares. 

Mr. Rownd also served as executive vice president and senior commercial banker for Fifth Third Bank of the Carolinas. He joined Fifth Third Bank of the Carolinas in 2008 through the acquisition of First Charter Corporation, North Carolina, where he had served since 2000 –first as executive vice president and chief risk officer and later as executive vice president and chief banking officer. His earlier career includes positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of risk management and credit process with SunTrust Bank, Orlando, Florida; First National Bancorp/First National Bank, Gainesville, Georgia; and Barnett Banks in Atlanta and Miami. Rownd earned his Business Administration in Economics from Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

W. Leonard Fant, chairman of the Northwest Georgia Bank board of directors, said, “Steve Rownd has been elected to lead our bank and has impressed us all as a man of high integrity and great vision. He is a man whose background and proven performance will be a great asset to the bank. We all look forward to working with him.”

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