J. Daniel Speight
Planters First Bancorp, parent company of Planters First Bank, announces the appointment of J. Daniel Speight as CEO of Planters First Bancorp and General Counsel of the Bank. Mr. Speight will also join the boards of Bancorp and the Bank.
"Dan has had a distinguished banking career that reached across the state, but it was built upon the strength of his roots and relationships developed in central Georgia, which is where we live and work,” noted Bob Way, Bancorp Chairman. “Dan knows and understands our markets, customer base, and our employees. We will benefit from his vision and leadership, and we are excited about Dan joining our bank family.”
Adds Speight: "I am honored to have been entrusted with this opportunity. I’ve known this bank and its ownership all my life. They have my utmost trust and respect. This is a battle-tested bank with a rich history that dates back to 1896. I believe we have an opportunity to create “The” Community Bank in Middle Georgia, one that our customers, team members, and shareholders will be proud to call “My Bank.”
As part of the expanded leadership team, Planters First will also add two other veteran bankers that have previously worked with Speight at State Bank Financial Corporation and Flag Financial Corporation.
Dan was a founding shareholder, officer, and director of State Bank and Trust and State Bank Financial Corporation. Dan has also served in various leadership roles with James Bates Brannan & Groover, Flag Bank, Flag Financial Corporation, and Citizens Bank. Dan is also currently a board member of Beach Community Bank headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Dan has been active in various community organizations and well as state-wide banking organizations. Dan received his BBA from Georgia Southern College and his JD from Mercer University. Dan and his wife, Robby, live in Pinehurst, Georgia.
Mike Phillips will join as the Chief Financial Officer of Bancorp and Chief Strategy Officer of the Bank. Lisa Lane will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Bancorp and the Bank.
About Planters First Bancorp and Planters First Bank
Founded in 1896, Planters First Bank, the 8th oldest financial institution in Georgia, is headquartered in Cordele, Georgia and operates 8 full-service locations throughout middle Georgia.