Phillip Beaudette, EVP Chief Lending Officer
Philip Beaudette is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at Georgia Primary Bank, a $150 million community bank located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, GA. In his current position he is responsible for client development and retention, loan origination and deposit services for the bank. From April 2011 until June 2014 he served as the bank’s Chief Credit Officer
Prior to Georgia Primary Bank Phil was the Chief Credit Officer at FSG Bank (NASDAQ: FSGI), a $1.2 billion community bank headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. Phil spent most of his career with SunTrust Bank (NYSE: STI) holding positions in Atlanta, Nashville and Chattanooga, in commercial real estate lending, affordable multi-family housing, and commercial real estate special assets.
Phil is a board member of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REAIC), and a member of Risk Management Associates, the Georgia Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. When not at work Phil can often be found with his wife, Barbara, navigating their powerboat in the waters of the Tennessee River around Chattanooga.
Don Brown, SVP and Relationship Manager
Don is Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager with over 20 years of commercial banking experience related to real estate construction lending, business development, loan and project underwriting, loan portfolio management, and problem loan resolution and asset disposition. Don previously managed Georgia Primary Bank’s substandard and non-performing asset area implementing strategies that significantly reduced the Bank’s problem loans. Additionally, Don is experienced in project management, business pro forma development and presentation, budget development, and financial performance preparation and reporting. Don is married with three children and holds a BBA in Accounting from James Madison University. Outside the office, Don is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys relaxing with his family, playing tennis and snow skiing.
James Lebow, EVP Chief Credit Officer
James E. LeBow joined the bank as Chief Credit Officer in June, 2014 bringing with him nearly 35 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Georgia Primary, James held executive management positions at two other metro Atlanta community banks. Most recently he served seven years as Chief Credit Officer at Touchmark National Bank. From 1980 to 2004, James held various positions within SunTrust Bank, including Director of Risk Management for the Financial Institutions Division from 2002 to 2004. Throughout his career James has been actively involved in development efforts at the Westminster Schools and with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is also a past board member of the Lando Land Company and is active in Northside United Methodist Church. James received his BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his MBA from Georgia State University. Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and golf.