Our Story

Ameris Bank will never lose sight of what's made us successful — a fierce commitment to getting things done for the people who walk through our doors.


A tradition of courage

From our beginnings in 1971, we have always stood for strength and courage; pride and fierce determination. These characteristics hold true today, as we continue to grow and expand beyond our southern Georgia roots.

  • Over $16 billion in assets
  • A vast network of full-service banking and mortgage locations across the Southeast
  • Over 26 years of asset growth
  • Increase tangible common equity every year for the past 26 years
  • Parent company, Ameris Bancorp, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ, under ABCB
  • In 2018, Ameris Bank financed over $2.7 billion in businesses, over $125 million in personal financing needs, and over $6 billion in home loans.

Key Moments 

Ameris Bank opened its doors as American Banking company on October 1, 1971. What started as one location, with $1 million in capital in Moultrie, Georgia, has now evolved into a publicly traded bank that combines innovative products with a determination to get things done for customers across the Southeast.

Our founding father, Eugene M. Vereen, Jr., envisioned a bank for the future. He and other board members set out to create a collective mindset that doesn't rely on tired banking norms or conventional wisdom. Rather, they set the foundation for a bank that looks beyond tradition to get things done. A half-century later, Ameris Bank leaders and employees continue to build on this legacy by providing advanced products and services led by an industrious spirit — all with the purpose of improving the lives of our customers and enriching our communities.

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Ameris Bank is a full-service financial institution serving customers in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, with locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.