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June14--  Regional President Lawton E. Bassett announced long‐time Georgia banker, John Tyson, will return to Ameris Bank assuming the role of Market President in the Vidalia market. Mr. Tyson will be responsible for all core banking activities in Vidalia and the surrounding area. Tyson is a long‐time Georgia resident and he will maintain his office at the Ameris Bank Vidalia location on East First Street. 

Since January 2011, Mr. Tyson worked at Montgomery Bank & Trust as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Montgomery Bank & Trust, Tyson was a member of the Ameris Bank Acquisition Transition Team formed after the Ameris Bank acquisition of Darby Bank & Trust, Co. For nearly 20 years Tyson worked at Darby Bank & Trust, Co., most recently serving as a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In making this announcement, Bassett stated, “John will be an outstanding leader in the Vidalia market. His knowledge of the local market and extensive banking background willhelp us to continue to build our Company in the area.” Tyson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and graduated from the Georgia Bankers Association Banking School. Bassett further commented, “John is an exceptional banker. His valuable experience both with Ameris Bank and in the Vidalia market will help us continue to develop and grow banking relationships.” 

Tyson stated, “I am excited about my new role on the Ameris Bank Team and helping to further build the franchise in Vidalia. The ‘community banking’ culture at Ameris Bank matches very well with the banking needs and opportunities in our unique Vidalia market.” 

Tyson and his family reside in Vidalia, GA where he is actively involved in both his hometown community and the surrounding communities. He is currently on the Georgia Bankers Association Operations and Technology School Advisory Board and is the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee at Vidalia First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the 1995 Charter Class of Leadership Toombs and was a past member of the United Way campaign, Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club where he served as President.Additionally, Tyson previously served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Ameris Bank is headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia, and has locations in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. The parent company, Ameris Bancorp is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ABCB. For more information about Ameris Bank, please visit us on the web at www.amerisbank.com.