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Inside Bulloch Business - Full service Colony Bank now open
Colony Bank Team
Pictured, left to right, Stephanie Ashworth - Universal Teller (CSR/Teller); Nan Akins - Office Manager; Brian Fitzgerald - Commercial Banker; Chris Carter - Market President; Iris Gomez-Rizo - Teller; Bob Olliff - Commercial Banker; Malory Sircy - Teller. - photo by FRANK FORTUNE/Special to the Herald

Colony Bank has recently completed their transformation of the former 7,800-square-foot Springhill Suites Conference Center into a full service banking office in Statesboro.  

Located at 104 Springhill Drive, the new branch officially opened to the public May 20. It replaces and greatly expands the capabilities of the former loan production office at 17 Courtland Street, which they opened in 2016.

Colony purchased the conference center in 2018 and retained Kevin Palmer with DPR Architecture and Jennifer Paddock with CMC Construction to oversee the massive renovation project. Chris Merrill and CMC were the general contractors. Wesley Parker of Parker Engineering handled the site design, which included redesigning the site to provide a drive thru, handicap access and driveway around the back of the bank.

Palmer and Paddock designed the original conference center for the former owners, making this the second time they had an opportunity to work on the design of the facility. The result is nothing short of amazing. If you ever attended an event at the former conference center, it will be difficult to imagine that this is the same building.

"We are very excited to open this new, state-of-the-art banking facility in Statesboro, which matches the energy and potential of this dynamic and growing community,” said Chris Carter, Colony Statesboro Market President. “Offering superior size and capabilities compared with most community banks and greater speed and agility than regional and national banks. Colony is well positioned to serve existing and new customers in Statesboro as we fulfil our commitment to helping them find the right financial solutions for any situation that may arise – today and in the future."  

Commercial bankers Brian Fitzgerald and Bob Olliff are based in the branch and will be working with Carter. Nan Akins will continue to serve as the office manager of the new branch.  Assisting her are: Stephanie Ashworth - Universal Teller (CSR/Teller), and tellers Iris Gomez-Rizo and Malory Sircy. 

The opening of the new Colony bank marks an exciting time for the Colony bankers as well as for the people in our community, who have watched the building rise and take shape over the past several months, signaling new opportunities ahead for Statesboro.  

Many community members have already stopped in to welcome Colony's expanded services and increased commitment to Statesboro and to express thanks for the bank's investment in the community. For its part, Colony has been humbled by the outpouring of interest and support, underscored by the opening of many new accounts on the first day.

Colony hopes this investment sends a message to Bulloch County citizen’s about how confident they are in the future growth of our community and signifies the large role they plan to play in helping businesses and citizens reach their financial goals.

Carter and his team love showing off the new bank and welcome the public to stop in at any time to see the facility.  

They are working with the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce to host an official ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 13 at 5 PM.

Colony Bankcorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Colony Bank. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Fitzgerald, Georgia, Colony operates 29 full-service branches throughout Central, Southern and Coastal Georgia, a loan production office in Atlanta, and a full-service website at www.colonybank.com.  Colony's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol CBAN.  Follow the Company on Facebook or on Twitter @colony_bank.

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