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Announcement of Retirement

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MIDDLE GEORGIA (December 2021) - Planters First Bank Announces the Retirement of their Director of Human Resources, Susan Wilson, and their Crisp/Dooly County Regional President, Carol Arflin.

Susan Wilson, Director of Human Resources

After 15 years of service, Susan Wilson, Director of HR of Planters First Bank has announced her retirement. Susan will retire on December 31, 2021.

Susan is the wife of Brad Wilson and mother of two children. David Adams and Kendall Wilson. Additionally, she’s a member of Cordele First United Methodist Church. In retirement, she plans to read, travel, and spend quality time with family and friends.

Susan’s unwavering commitment to the bank and the staff during her tenure will leave a lasting positive impact on the bank. Not only did Susan complete the necessary tasks of handling payroll, reviews, training, etc. but she also supported our employees whenever and wherever she was needed. Susan will be greatly missed.

Carol Arflin, Crisp/Dooly County Regional President

After 2 years of service, Carol Arflin, Crisp/Dooly Regional President has announced her retirement. Carol retired on December 15, 2021.

Carol originally joined Planters First Bank in August 2019 as SVP of Commercial Lending and was promoted to Regional President in 2020. Prior to joining Planters First Bank, Carol was the City President of the Vienna, GA market for a local bank.

Carol has nearly 40 years of banking experience with a focus on agricultural and commercial lending, risk assessment, and problem loan management while working in a community banking environment. Carol is a member of the Unadilla First Baptist Church and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gateway Center, Inc. in Cordele. Carol was born, raised, and currently resides in Dooly County with her husband, Steve.

Although Carol’s tenure with the bank was relatively short, her success and impact were significant. Carol filled a huge void in the Cordele Branch and ensured the banks continued success in the Crisp/Dooly County market. We’re sad to see Carol go but we’re happy she’ll have the time needed to spend with family.

John Way, Planters First Bank, Chairman, had the following to say about Carol and Susan, “Carol and Susan will be greatly missed. Susan has been an absolute rock within the organization and has ensured that our employees not only get what they need but have a support person that is quick to provide positive guidance. We were so fortunate to have someone with Carol’s experience and understanding of the Dooly/Crisp markets during a major transition in the bank’s history. I wish both Carol and Susan a happy retirement.”

About Planters First Bank:
Founded in 1896, Planters First Bank, the 8th oldest financial institution in Georgia, is headquartered in Cordele, Georgia, and operates seven full-service locations throughout Middle Georgia. In February 2021, Planters First Bank celebrated its 125th Anniversary.

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