The Community Bankers Association of Georgia’s Leadership Division named Russell H. “Rusty” Powell, the group vice president of Highland Commercial Bank in Marietta, as chair of the Leadership Division for the 2014-15 year at the 36th annual Leadership Division Convention and Mini-Trade Show held recently at Amelia Island, Fla.
Powell is a lifelong resident of Cobb County, graduating from Marietta High School 1991 and the University of Georgia in 1996. He was employed as circulation manager for the Marietta Daily Journal for more than 10 years. He joined Highland Commercial Bank in 2005 and is a commercial lender.
He has been active in the leadership of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia since 2007. He is also a 2011 graduate of the three year School of Banking program at the University of Georgia.
“We are proud of the accomplishments that Rusty has achieved in his career with Highland Commercial Bank, and are pleased that he will be leading this important community banking organization,” said Greg Griggs, president of Highland Commercial Bank.
“The Community Bankers Leadership Division strives to ensure the future of Georgia’s banking industry through furthering professional education, promoting financial literacy in our schools, advocating for responsible legislation and regulatory processes, and serving the local communities of the member banks.”
Powell noted that an annual event for this group is raising funds to support Children’s Healthcare in their mission of student nursing programs, childhood cancer research, school health and other children-focused programs.
“Our group raised over $41,500 this year,” Powell said, “bringing total contributions to Children’s Healthcare to over $400,000 since 1989. I am proud of this accomplishment and all the work that our group does to preserve and strengthen community banking. We have plans for expanding our service and outreach in the coming year and are pleased to foster the strength and the impact of communing banking.”
Highland Commercial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Financial Services Inc., a Cobb County based community bank holding company. The bank has offices at 3411 Ernest Barrett Parkway in Marietta and 1298 Concord Road in Smyrna.