Christy Sherman, Executive Director for the Richmond Hill Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently was elected vice president of the 2014-15 Georgia Coast Travel Association (GCTA). The organization's new directors were nominated at their June meeting in St. Marys.
The Georgia Coast Travel Association is a non-profit organization representing the Georgia Coast, one of the state of Georgia’s designated travel regions.
The Association acts on behalf of a twelve country region including Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Pierce and Ware.
The mission of GCTA is to cooperatively promote tourism, Georgia’s second largest industry.
FCB chief retires
FCB Financial Holdings, Inc., parent of First Chatham Bank, announced the retirement of Brian Foster as president and CEO of both the Holding Company and bank. Foster was a member of the original eighteen local organizers that founded First Chatham Bank on January 23, 2002, creating a locally owned and controlled community bank that has grown into a network of banks in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, and Glynn counties.
FCB has branches in Chatham County, Richmond Hill Bank in Bryan County, First Effingham Bank in Rincon, and First Glynn Bank in Brunswick.
Foster began his career in June 1969, as a teller with C&S Bank in Athens while attending the University of Georgia.
This June marks his 45th year in banking.
First Chatham Bank, like all community banks, has faced a myriad number of challenges during the recent economic recession that has seen over 90 community banks in Georgia fail statewide. However, after a successful capital raise last year, FCB has posted a profit of over $2 million.
This year, the bank is again ahead of its projections on its way to another successful year with a profit of over two million dollars expected. After the Coastal Bank sale is finalized later this year, First Chatham Bank and Carver State Bank will be the only two locally owned and headquartered community banks in Savannah.