Manuel Rey Joins Ameris Bank as North Carolina Region Banking Executive and President
Ameris Bank announces that Manuel Rey has joined Ameris Bank as North Carolina region banking executive and president. Rey will be responsible for leading the new market strategies in Charlotte.
Rey has over 22 years of experience within the banking industry. He started his banking career at First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo), as the executive and leader of the multicultural strategy. In 2004, Rey founded “Banco de la Gente” – Peoples Bank – a successful start-up commercial bank dedicated to helping the Latino community in North Carolina. After eight years of serving as president, Rey joined forces with Fifth Third Bank where he served for almost nine years in different executive leadership positions before joining Ameris Bank.
“Manuel is an exceptional leader in the banking industry, and we are excited to have him lead our expansion into North Carolina,” said Ameris Bank President Lawton Bassett. “His extensive knowledge and banking expertise, coupled with our bank’s expansive offerings and products, will allow us to make an immediate impact in this new market.”
A dedicated community member, Rey currently serves on the board of directors of the Atrium Foundation, the second largest public health system in the country, and is the chair of the Charlotte division of the American Heart Association. Previously, he has served on the board for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (formerly Charlotte Chamber, where he served as executive committee member and chair of strategic partnerships), on the board of the League of Governments Economic Development Commission and on the board of The Foundation for the Carolinas. Additionally, he was the founder, president and chairman of the Charlotte Latin American Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to being a highly-regarded community member, Rey’s research, specifically regarding multicultural banking strategies, has been studied internationally, and he has received several notable awards for his research and community involvement. Rey graduated with honors from the Law School of the Latin American University in Mexico City, and he also earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina, graduating summa cum laude. Additionally, Rey spent one year studying at La Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
Rey currently resides in Charlotte with his family.