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Mr. Ron Francis

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Vice Chairman and Chief Executive...

First Landmark Bank
307 North Marietta Parkway
Marietta , Georgia 30060
United States

Company Description: First Landmark Bank is committed to providing competitive full-service banking solutions for all of your banking needs. We take pride in working with you to...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts , Sociology
    Eckerd College
  • MBA , Finance
    Georgia State University
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Web References
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www.mdjonline.com, 11 June 2015 [cached]
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MARIETTA - Anyone who knew Ron Francis, 71, the former chairman of First Landmark Bank, said he loved two things most in his life - his work as a banker and his golf.
Francis, a past recipient of the Citizen of Marietta award in 2004 and the 2015 James L. Rhoden Award for Visionary Philanthropy, died Wednesday of pulmonary fibrosis.
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Barfield, who was president of Cobb Exchange Bank in Marietta, hired Ron Francis as a loan officer in 1973.
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When Cobb Exchange Bank was bought out by an investor in 1983, Barfield said Francis went on to achieve great success in the banking world.
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Francis started and was the CEO at three banks: Chattahoochee Bank, Charter Bank, and most recently, First Landmark Bank.
In 2002, former Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway said he asked Ron Francis to loan him money to start a restaurant called 1848 House.
"Ron financed me for the restaurant.
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"The only downside of Ron was that he was a big Florida Gators fan.
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Francis retired in 2014 after a 43-year banking career.
Service in community
Community leaders said Francis was an honest and loyal man who served Marietta well during the more than 40 years he lived here.
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Ron Francis was born in Chicago in 1944 and graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1965. He later graduated from Georgia State University with a master's degree in finance in 1972. He was a first generation American born to Scottish parents.
Directors – First Landmark Bank
www.firstlandmarkonline.com, 17 Nov 2014 [cached]
Ronald H. Francis, Chairman of the Board. r. Francis has over 45 years' experience in banking. From 2008 until 2011 he served as First Landmark Bank's President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2011 he became Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and in 2013 he became Executive Chairman. Upon his retirement from banking in March 014, he became non-executive Chairman. Previously, Mr. Francis served as Vice Chairman of Bank of North Georgia from 2004 until 2006. From 1989 until 2004, Mr. Francis served as President and CEO of Charter Bank & Trust Co. and from 1994 until 1999 he served as President ad Chief Financial Officer of Charter Bank & Trust's holding company Merit Holding Corporation. Merit Holding Company was acquired by Synovus in 1999, and Charter Bank merged with Bank of North Georgia, another Synovus affiliate, in 2004. Mr. Francis has a long history of community involvement. He serves as Chairman of United Arts of Cobb, Inc. He is a member of the Marietta Country Club and Burlingame Country Club.
MAACC Leadership
www.metroatlantaarts.org, 14 Feb 2014 [cached]
Ron Francis President and CEO First Landmark Bank
First Landmark Bank - Marietta, GA
www.firstlandmarkonline.com, 2 Nov 2010 [cached]
Ronald H. Francis, President and CEO rfrancis@firstlandmarkonline.com 770-799-5661
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Ronald H. Francis, President and CEO First Landmark Bank
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Ronald H. Francis, President and CEO . r. Francis serves as President and CEO of First Landmark Bank. He entered the banking industry in 1969 as a management associate with Trust Company Bank of Atlanta (SunTrust) and rose to the head of the credit department within one year. Following five years at SunTrust, Mr. Francis joined the former First Bank & Trust Co. in Cobb County as Executive Vice President, where he served for nine years. In 1983 Mr. Francis was an organizing Director, President and CEO of The Chattahoochee Bank and later Vice Chairman of Chattahoochee Bancorp, serving the organization for 6 years. In 1989 Mr. Francis joined Charter Bank & Trust Co. during its inaugural year and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer for fifteen years.
In 1994 Charter Bank and Mountain National Bank, headquartered in Tucker, Georgia, formed Merit Holding Corporation and preserved their charters to operate as two separate banks under a common bank holding company. Mr. Francis served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Merit. In 1999 Synovus Financial Corp., headquartered in Columbus, Georgia, acquired Merit, dissolved the holding company, and added Charter Bank and Mountain National Bank to its network of affiliate banks.
During his fifteen years at Charter Bank, Mr. Francis and the bank were often recognized for their commitment to service to both clients and community. In 2002 Georgia Trend and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Francis its annual Business Community Service Award.
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Also, in 1997-98 Francis had the distinct pleasure of serving his professional peers and industry as Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association.
In 2004, Mountain National Bank and Charter Bank joined Synovus affiliate Bank of North Georgia to form one bank under the Bank of North Georgia name, and Francis served as the bank's Vice Chairman until 2006.
Mr. Francis graduated from Eckerd College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He later received his MBA in Finance from Georgia State University in 1972.
Mr. Francis has a long history of community involvement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation; as a Trustee of Kennesaw State University Foundation; as a Trustee of Eckerd College; and is on the board of the Cobb Community Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Marietta Schools Foundation and the Georgia Council on Economic Education; He is a member of the Chairman's Club of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the Marietta Country Club and Burlingame Country Club.
A Marietta resident since 1969, Mr. Francis is also a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and the Leadership Cobb and Leadership Georgia alumni associations. He has served on numerous community committees, and he and his wife Claire, who reside in Marietta, co-chaired the Cobb Heart Ball in 2002. He currently serves as chairman of the board of United Arts of Cobb, a 501c3 organization. In 2004, Francis was named Marietta Citizen of the Year by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
Press Releases – First Landmark Bank
www.firstlandmarkonline.com [cached]
As Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Ms. Guthrie serves with Bank Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Francis, President and Chief Operating Officer Terry DeWitt and Chairman of the Board John Moore to comprise the Executive Management of First Landmark Bank.
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(Marietta, GA) - On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, the Board of Directors of First Landmark Bank elected Terrence Y. DeWitt to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors and, simultaneously, elected Ronald H. Francis to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board and continuing as Chief Executive Officer.
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Local attorney John H. Moore, who serves as the bank's Chairman of the Board, stated, "In planning First Landmark Bank, Ron Francis and I discussed the timeline for when he would devote his time to the Bank's strategic direction and business development and less time to the day-to-day operations.
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Mr. DeWitt serves with Mr. Francis, bank Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Terri Bunten Guthrie and Chairman Moore to comprise the Executive Management of First Landmark Bank.
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August 6, 2010 (Marietta, Ga.)- First Landmark Bank President Ron Francis announces the addition of Senior Vice President Beth Kornegay-Tyler as a commercial lender and business development officer for the Bank.
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In his announcement, Mr. Francis said, "First Landmark is fortunate to bring on board a well-respected, experienced lender.
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Marietta, Ga. (July 13, 2009)- First Landmark Bank president Ronald H. Francis recently announced the hiring of Jan L. Elrod as Vice President of Loan Operations and as Compliance Officer.
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"We are pleased that Jan agreed to join First Landmark Bank," stated President Ron Francis, "As she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her and will be a tremendous benefit to us in both areas as we continue to grow."
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January 13, 2009 (Marietta, Ga.)- First Landmark Bank president Ron Francis announces the addition of Senior Vice President Vivian Battershill-Diaz and Vice President Jason Waters as commercial lenders and business development officers for the bank.
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In his announcement, Mr. Francis said, "First Landmark is fortunate to bring on board two well-respected, experienced lenders who have strong ties to the Marietta-Cobb community served by our bank.
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