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Corporate Banking Team

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Kenneth W. Deere

Executive Vice President,
Director of Corporate Banking

Kenneth W. Deere
I believe there has been a void in the market for a premier middle market business bank, and we are focused on becoming that bank. We build deep banking relationships based on trust and put our clients' interests first.

Mr. Deere is the Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Banking at Atlantic Capital Bank.

Mr. Deere has over 34 years of experience in corporate banking, primarily managing this function within the Atlanta business sector. Prior to joining Atlantic Capital Bank, he led corporate banking groups at Bank South, SouthTrust Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Wachovia Bank, where his last position was that of Commercial Banking Executive for the Georgia market.

A resident of metro Atlanta for over 29 years, Mr. Deere has served in various capacities with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cobb, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Rainmaker Council, the Center for Family Resources, Atlanta Venture Forum, Wachovia Bank Charitable Foundation, the Georgian Club, and Mt. Bethel Church - North.

Mr. Deere earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. He became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1978.

John M. May

Senior Vice President,
East Metro Atlanta Region Manager

John M. May
I have a wealth of commercial banking experience within the metro Atlanta market which gives me a unique perspective of the challenges facing today's business owner. My approach is very client-focused. I believe in providing tailored financial solutions to help clients meet their business objectives.

Client Focus: Commercial clients in the east Atlanta metro region.

Experience: 30 years of Commercial Banking experience in the metro Atlanta market

Education: Georgia State University, BBA

Affiliations: Sparrows Nest, Athens, Georgia,  Athens Church, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce,  former board member of Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, former board member of Rockdale Youth Baseball Association 

Representative Transactions:

  • $13 million senior credit facility to plastics manufacturer
  • $3.2 million owner occupied loan to truck repair/fleet maintenance company
  • $2.8 million owner occupied loan to fire protection company
  • $750,000 senior credit facility to right- of- way acquisition company

Richard E. S. "Sandy" Bowen

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Richard E. S. "Sandy" Bowen
The key to a successful banking relationship is taking the time to not only thoroughly understand a borrower's business and the entrepreneur's goals, but also for a business owner to understand the Bank and how decisions are made. I think business owners are looking for an advocate within the Bank and banker continuity. This forges a long-term relationship and that is what I enjoy.

Client Focus: Georgia-based middle market companies

Experience: 25 years working in Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, and Middle Market Lending

Education: Virginia Tech, BS in Finance; Kennesaw State University, MBA

Affiliations: Our Lady of the Assumption; The Nine O’ Clocks; Capital City Club; The Breakfast Club; Buckhead Lions Club; Junior Achievement; The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; The American Cancer Society

Representative Transactions:

  • $10.0 million line of credit to a life insurance premium finance company

  • $20.0 million term loan to a leading mat flooring manufacturer

  • $9.5 million line of credit and term loan facilities to a leading commercial food service hardware manufacturer

  • $2.25 million line of credit and a $750,000 term loan to an orthopedic hardware distributor

  • $5.75 million term loan to a private residential hospitality hedge fund

Ashley C. Carson

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Ashley C. Carson
When it comes to financing, my clients have very specific concerns and needs. They don’t need an off-the-shelf solution – they need someone to sit down and listen to them, and structure something that works with the way their business operates. I do that for each of my clients.

Client Focus: Local, regional and national not-for-profit organizations, including membership associations, religious and educational institutions, charitable and service organizations, and foundations

Experience: 16 years of experience working in Corporate and Business Banking

Education: Northwestern University, BA; Goizueta Business School (Emory University), MBA

Affiliations: Midtown Atlanta Rotary, Board Member for past 4 years chairing the Membership and Program Committees; The Georgia Society of Association Executives, Member; Fernbank Museum, Corporate Leadership Council; Agape Community Center, Board Member; Graduate of the Coca Cola Diversity Leadership Academy and the Pathbuilder’s Achieva Program

Representative Transactions:

  • $15.0 million syndicated financing for student housing of a public university
  • $5.0 million construction to permanent loan for a church in Atlanta
  • $2.0 million owner-occupied financing for a non-profit association that utilized their endowment and real estate assets as collateral
  • $2.2 million combination real estate financing and working capital to fund a development program for a local private school

Edward K. Jenkins

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Edward K. Jenkins
Every day as I arrive to work, my goal is the same: to do what I can to help my clients and my co-workers. And I think that's the attitude of all of us at Atlantic Capital. Our mindset is not, "Let's put a deal on the books." Instead, we ask ourselves, "What can we do today to best serve our clients?" and, "How can we craft the best solutions in order to keep the clients' best interest at heart and build a long-term relationship based on trust?"

Client Focus: Corporate banking for middle market companies and emerging growth businesses

Experience: 27 years of experience banking small and medium size businesses

Education: University of Georgia, BBA in Accounting

Affiliations: Construction Financial Management Association; American Heart Association; American Cancer Society; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; CureSearch; Clairmont Hills Baptist Church

Representative Transactions:

  • $10 million revolving credit facility for working capital financing for a Southeastern distribution firm
  • $12 million revolving credit facility for a regional specialty construction firm
  • $4.5 million in term loans and revolving credit facilities to a national telecom services provider
  • $5 million line of credit for a large regional firm engaged in commercial construction
  • $9 million in term and revolving credit for acquisition and working capital financing for a regional provider of IT services
  • $1.2 million revolving credit facility for a global provider of investment management services in the timber industry

Noble S. Jones

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Noble S. Jones
Business owners want a banker that will listen to them and give them honest advice. My focus is on developing relationships as a trusted advisor to help my clients succeed.

Client Focus: Providing tailored solutions to meet the banking needs of middle market clients

Experience: Over 35 years of experience in commercial and corporate banking focused on middle market companies. Prior to joining Atlantic Capital Bank, Mr. Jones held similar positions with SouthTrust Bank, Bank of Atlanta, and ServisFirst Bank.

Education: Auburn University, BS in Business; LSU, School of Banking of the South

Affiliations: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Access Partners Certified Development Company, Board of Directors; Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; HOA, President

Herman L. "Herm" Manderson

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Herman L.
Every one of our clients encounters some financial "wall" they need to climb. It's the nature of having a growing business. Through these challenges, I get the great opportunity to partner with our clients, helping them achieve their business objectives and overcome these obstacles to their success.

Client Focus: Small to middle market companies

Experience: Over 40 years in commercial banking with Bank of America and its legacy banks, NationsBank, Community & Southern Bank, Regions Bank, and Fifth Third Bank; Started and managed commercial, government banking, not-for-profit banking and private banking units at Bank of America, Regions Bank, and Community & Southern Bank; Served as a Bank President for Bank of America in Valdosta, GA

Education: Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, BBA and MBA

Affiliations: Past Chairman, South Georgia Medical Center Foundation; Past Chairman of Valdosta State University Foundation, Past Chairman of The United Way, Past Board Member, Boy Scouts of America; Past Board Member, YMCA; Past Board Member, Boys and Girls Club; Past Finance Chairman of St. John School

Representative Transactions:

  • $30.0 million credit facility for a privately held agricultural chemicals business
  • $20.0 million line of credit for a staffing company
  • $100.0 million term loan for a major fast food restaurant business
  • $10.0 million line of credit and term loan to a local manufacturer
  • $25.0 million construction/permanent loan to a forest products company
  • $5.0 million owner occupied building loan to a technology company

Charles S. "Chuck" Schwartz

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Charles S.
The personal relationships that grow out of this business are most important to me. I’m here to be an advocate for my clients.

Client Focus: Entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses

Experience: Over 29 years of experience serving emerging growth and middle market companies

Education: Oral Roberts University, BS

Representative Transactions:
  • $4.0 million line of credit to a family-owned business
  • $7.0 million real estate loan to a family-owned distributor
  • $3.5 million line of credit to a German-owned subsidiary in the manufacturing industry

Pamela W. Simon

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Pamela W. Simon
I believe in forming long-term relationships based on trust and respect with my clients. Adding value to the client while offering great service is my #1 goal.

Client Focus: Atlanta-based middle market companies

Experience: 30 years working in corporate banking, including RBC/PNC, Wachovia/First Union and SunTrust Bank

Affiliations: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Fund Raising Campaign, earning a lifetime achievement award for fund raising; Graduate of Pathbuilders Leadership Program, 2009; Junior Achievement Volunteer; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Fund Raising Volunteer

Representative Transactions:

  • $22.5 million term loan syndication to the healthcare industry
  • $4.0 million line of credit and $1.0 million term loan to the construction industry
  • $3.0 million line of credit to the construction industry
  • $9.5 million revolver and $5.0 million term loan to the manufacturing/distribution industry
  • $4.0 million term loan to the food distribution industry
  • $4.5 million term loan to the golf industry

Preston C. McDonald

Vice President,
Corporate Banking

Preston C. McDonald
The satisfaction I get working on a deal, from Term Sheet to Closing, is immeasurable. I enjoy working with key executives to better understand their financing needs, and developing a creative, custom-tailored solution which not only achieves their goals, but also provides adequate operating flexibility from a cash flow perspective.

Client Focus: Responsible for originating, underwriting, and managing the Bank's syndicated loan portfolio

Experience: Prior to joining Atlantic Capital in 2012, Preston began his career in SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s analyst training program, and later rose to Vice President while working in the corporate & investment bank’s Asset Based Lending Group. Preston is an experienced underwriter & portfolio manager in various transactions, including: Acquisition Financing, Leveraged Buyouts, Dividend Recaps, and Asset-Based Working Capital Facilities.

Education: University of Georgia, Terry College of Business (BBA)

Affiliations: Young Alumni Board Member (Terry College of Business); Peachtree Presbyterian Church; Piedmont Driving Club; The Benedicts of Atlanta

Representative Transactions:

  • $15MM commitment (Revolver, TL-A, TL-B) to nation's leading travel center operator & diesel fuel retailer
  • $12.5MM commitment (Revolver, TL-A) to regional agriculture & industrial equipment dealer
  • $10MM commitment (TL-B) to leading retailer of outdoor sporting goods & recreational products
  • $10MM commitment (Revolver, TL-A) to leading aggregates producer
  • $7.5MM commitment (TL-A) to market-leading flexible & specialty rigid packaging manufacturer