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Charlie Curtis

Longtime Lake Norman-area resident Charlie Curtis will lead a Georgia-based bank’s expansion into the Charlotte region, the company announced Wednesday.

Curtis, who is joining United Community Banks Inc. as Charlotte metro president, has more than 25 years of commercial lending and market management experience in North Carolina. Most recently he served as senior vice president and western regional commercial executive for Cornelius-based Aquesta Bank, where he led the commercial banking team and managed commercial sales and marketing efforts in the Charlotte and Lake Norman markets.

He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville and a deacon at First Baptist Church of Huntersville.

Curtis is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“Because of my experience living and working in this community, I know that United’s products and culture are an excellent fit for this area,” Curtis said in a press release. “The ability of United Community Bank to provide the resources of a larger bank with the personal service of a smaller bank will be an incredible benefit to business owners in Charlotte.”

United has more than 30 branches in North Carolina concentrated in the Raleigh area and western part of the state.

“Expansion to Charlotte has long been something we’ve wanted to do because of its market potential, strong banking community and perfect fit with our existing footprint,” said Jim Rose, state president for North Carolina. “We’re thrilled to launch our operations in the market with a pair of experienced bankers who can help us identify the right customers and bankers for our continued growth.”

Also joining the bank’s Charlotte operation will be Thomas McTier as senior vice president and commercial lending division manager. McTier had been an executive with Regions Bank in Charlotte.

United Community Banks Inc., with headquarters in Blairsville, Ga., and executive offices in Greenville, S.C., has $12.6 billion in assets and operates 149 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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