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Sea Island names Clate Ralston to bank board
Newest mamber is CEO of Savannah-based Erickson Associates, a mechanical contracting firm
W.C. Clate Ralston Jr
William "Clate" Ralston Jr.
    William "Clate" Ralston Jr. has been named to the Board of Directors of Sea Island Bank, according to an announcement by Bruce Yawn, chairman of the board.  
    Ralston is president and CEO of Erickson Associates Inc., a Savannah-based mechanical contracting firm which serves clients throughout the Southeast. He is also Erickson's chairman and principle shareholder. Ralston joined the company in 1964 after earning a bachelor's degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    "Sea Island Bank's successful entry into the Savannah market can be attributed to the dedicated efforts of many people including Clate and other members of our Savannah Advisory Board," commented Yawn. "He truly represents the strong family, community and business values that have been the hallmark of our bank since its founding in 1901. Clate's leadership and business experience are invaluable and will continue to serve us well as we expand our presence in the Savannah market."
     Over the years, Ralston has been active in numerous civic and church-related activities. He is past president of Rotary West Savannah and is currently a supporting member and former board member of Royce Learning Center. In addition, Ralston serves as a board member for The First Tee of Savannah and is part owner of EDR Management Inc., which oversees Bacon Park Golf Course, a 27-hole layout owned by the City of Savannah.  
     Ralston is the current chairman of the Church Council at Grace United Methodist Church where he also teaches Sunday School. He is first vice president of the Savannah District of United Methodist Men and a member of the Savannah Christian Business Men's Committee.
     He and his wife Belle have three children and three grandchildren.
     Founded in 1901, Sea Island Bank is an affiliate of Synovus Financial Corp., a diversified financial services holding company with banks in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. With nine locations in Statesboro, Savannah and Metter, Sea Island Bank has total assets exceeding $550 million.