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Planters First Bank Announces Promotion of Chief Operating Officer

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Middle Georgia (May 2023) - Planters First Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Rusty Slade to Chief Operating Officer. In this expanded role, Slade will be responsible for overseeing loan operations, deposit operations, information security, and project management.

Slade has held many roles with Planters First Bank during his 30+ years of service, most recently serving as Chief Information Officer. Slade is a graduate of South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern College, Georgia Banking School at UGA, and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

Eli Tinsley, Bank President & CEO, commented, “Rusty is a key Planters First Bank management team member. He demonstrates remarkable industry experience, knowledge, and commitment to our customers and team members. Undoubtedly, our Enterprise Support Center will continue to thrive under Rusty’s leadership.”

Slade resides in Cordele with his wife, Maribeth. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Slade is active in the local community with membership on various committees, including Crisp County Power Commission, Crisp County Young Farmers, Crisp County Farm Bureau, South GA Tech Advisory Board, and Kiwanis.

Slade commented about his recent promotion, “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of Planters First Bank, where customers and employees are treated like family. No one is more fortunate than I to work with such a great team that shares the same goals and mindset of making Planters First Bank the best community bank.”

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.

For additional information, contact:
Kandi Clem
AVP, Marketing Support Officer


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