A Message from CEO Palmer Proctor
Dear Ameris Bank teammates, customers, community partners and shareholders,
As I reflect on this year personally and professionally, the unprecedented nature of 2020 placed a spotlight on how thankful I am and how much we all have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.
I am grateful for the resiliency and dedication of my teammates. When coronavirus struck, we had to quickly adjust to keep each other, our families and customers safe. We temporarily closed branch lobbies, serviced customers in the drive-thru and by appointments and implemented new safety and cleaning measures. Basically overnight, the majority of our teammates switched to a remote, work-from-home environment.
As my teammates were adjusting to their new “work normal,” their personal lives were also affected, as many became full-time caretakers and teachers. Amidst all the personal and professional change, the Ameris Approach prevailed. My teammates stepped up and assisted our customers with coronavirus hardship relief assistance, answering all concerns, and working day and night to secure PPP funds for our customers and community partners. We saw the hardships of our neighbors and recognized that this year the efforts from our Helping Fight Hunger initiative would be greatly needed. Our team rose to the occasion; despite the social distancing and COVID precautions in place, over 198,000 nonperishable food items have been collected and distributed to over 125 foodbanks throughout 104 communities. I cannot express how proud I am of my teammates and their partnership, adaptability and dedication, especially during this year.
I am also thankful for the continued support from our customers, communities and shareholders. You placed your confidence in us to help you weather through these uncertain times. Your trust and partnership made this a great year for Ameris Bank, and I thank you for that. My hope is that this year further proves that we are here for you, for the long haul. It is our honor to be your trusted financial partner and to support you always, no matter the circumstance.
We remain dedicated to our teammates, improving the lives of our customers, enriching our communities and bringing financial peace of mind to all. Together, I look forward to a healthy and bright future.
H. Palmer Proctor Jr.
Chief Executive Officer