Our History

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 blossomed into a publicly traded bank that provides innovative products and personal service to customers across the Southeast.

Our history is rich, developed over the years through our unique growth strategy. Beginning with our first acquisition in 1979, we have since acquired 31 financial institutions throughout Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina, with our oldest acquired institution dating back to its founding in 1888.

Our founding father, Eugene M. Vereen, Jr., envisioned a bank for the future. Alongside other board members, they set out to create a new kind of bank based on the principles of high performance solutions, character and community. Over 44 years later, Ameris Bank leaders and employees continue to enrich our legacy by providing advance products and services, anchored by traditional, home-town values, with the purpose of improving the lives of our customers and supporting the communities we serve. View our History Video.

Ameris Bank’s Evolution

1971 | 1979 | 1980 |1985-1986 | 1987 | 1990 | 1994 | 1996 | 2000 | 2005 | 2006 | 2010-2015