Brett Morgan, president of Farmers & Merchants Bank in Statesboro, announced the promotion of five long-term bank employees, citing their "long-term performance and dedication to the bank and to the people of Bulloch County we serve."
Rebecca "Becky" Anderson, the bank's human resources and deposit compliance officer, has been named one of three new vice presidents. She is also the bank officer responsible for compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control. A 42-year resident of Bulloch County who attended Georgia Southern, she joined FMB in 2000.
John Durrence, FMB's information technology officer for 10 years, has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president. Durrence is in charge of all bank electronic systems, including mobile banking, online bill payments and remote deposit capture. A Georgia Southern Graduate and 38-year Statesboro resident, he looks forward to "helping implement new systems to serve customers better and make it easier for them to bank with us."
Shirley Hodges joined the bank 22 years ago as a proof operator, processing transactions such as checks and deposit and withdrawal slips. Today, as FMB's newly named vice president/ security officer, she supervises all deposit operations and the bank's physical security. A graduate of Southeast Bulloch High, she lives in Nevils.
Lisa Hodges, a long-time commercial lender and agricultural lending specialist, has been named an assistant vice president. A Bulloch country native and graduate of Statesboro High School, she has worked for Farmers & Merchants Bank for 11 years.
Kathleen Sullivan, the bank's controller, is FMB's other new assistant vice president. Her responsibilities include overall bank accounting operations and report filing. Originally from Dixie, Ga., she earned her BBA in accounting from Georgia Southern and has worked for FMB since 2002.
Morgan adds that he is "delighted to recognize these knowledgeable individuals and announce their much-deserved promotions. These people have contributed a great deal to our bank's success, and we couldn't be prouder or happier to have them on our team."
Founded 68 years ago, FMB is now Bulloch County's only locally owned and managed bank. It offers a full range of consumer and business deposit and credit services, including agribusiness and other local business support. FMB services are fully available online, and the institution maintains three ATMs, two full-time branch locations in Statesboro, and another in Brooklet.