Meet the Staff

Executive Team

Buckhead people bank

Executive Staff from left to right: Philip B. Beaudette – EVP, Chief Lending Officer | James E. LeBow – EVP, Chief Credit Officer | Jane Skelton – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer | David R. Coxon – President and CEO

 

Lending

Don BrownDon Brown

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.

Thomas Rockwood

Thomas Rockwood is Vice President and Head of SBA (Small Business Administration) Lending for Georgia Primary Bank. He joined us February 2017 and has more than 12 years of banking and government loan program experience. Thomas works closely with business owners to help them access loan programs provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When asked what he enjoys about his job, Thomas said, “It’s exciting and fulfilling to be able to make a difference in the lives of a business owner, and ultimately their employees, by helping businesses grow and expand their operations.” Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his children’s sports teams, rock climbing, hiking and camping. A former climbing guide from Seattle, WA, Thomas is also an avid mountaineer.

Brett TimmerBrett Timmer

Brett Timmer, Banking Officer and Relationship Manager, joined the bank in August of 2015.  Brett manages many of the bank’s existing accounts and also works on new account opportunities. Brett originally started with the bank as a Senior Credit Officer upon relocating to the Atlanta area. A desire to be closer to family and to escape the cold Michigan winters spurred Brett and his wife to move south. Prior to joining Georgia Primary Bank, Brett spent three years as a credit analyst for Chemical Bank in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brett’s experience includes underwriting various commercial loan products including commercial mortgages, term loans, lines of credit and SBA facilities. He began his career with Chemical Bank upon completing his BA in Economics & Management from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. During his four years at Albion, Brett pitched for the baseball team and volunteered as a mentor at a local elementary school. After graduation, Brett also volunteered as a manager for local youth baseball teams and continues to do so today. Outside of the office, Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, exploring Atlanta, and playing various sports such as slo-pitch softball or golf.

Mark TumblestonMark Tumbleston

Mark Tumbleston, Vice President and Relationship Manager, joined the bank in July of 2016. He is responsible for expanding the bank’s Commercial and Industrial (C&I) lending portfolio. Prior to his current role at Georgia Primary Bank, Mark served as Vice President, Small Business Banking at Bank of America, where he managed a portfolio of small business clients. Mark also worked in SunTrust Bank’s Medical Practice Group in Private Banking and Wealth Management. Mark earned his BS in Economics from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He also served in the US Air Force and The National Guard at Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta, Georgia. Outside of the office, Mark enjoys camping, fishing and taking trips to the coast.

 

Retail Banking

Jared C. JohnsonJared C. Johnson

Jared’s role for Georgia Primary Bank is that of Customer Service Representative. Joining us in May 2016, Jared has more than nine years of retail banking experience. He performs teller services—such as deposits and withdrawals, opens accounts and ensures our customers are well-taken care of. When asked what he enjoys about Georgia Primary, he answered, “The people with whom I now work are just all-around genuine people. They’re always willing to lend a hand if need be.” Outside the bank, he enjoys writing, mixology and spending time around the water.

Vasudha MistryVasudha Mistry

Vasudha is the Head Teller for the bank. She joined Georgia Primary Bank when the bank was founded in 2007 and has over 15 years of banking experience. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “Everyone is so nice, I feel like this is my second home.” Outside of the office she enjoys traveling and playing games.

 

David ThompsonDavid Thompson

David is our Branch Manager and Vice President for the bank. He joined Georgia Primary Bank in September of 2016 and has over 20 years of banking experience. David acquires new banking relationships and expands existing relationships all while providing exceptional service. He also manages the retail side of the bank. Asked what he enjoys about his job at Georgia Primary Bank he answered, “I truly enjoy coaching and developing teammates for the next steps in their careers. I personally measure my own success through the success of my teammates. I also enjoy understanding clients’ stories and developing solutions that match their needs.” Outside of the office he enjoys international travel, waking up at 4 AM to exercise before work and cooking.

Kim WhiteKim White

Kim is a Customer Service Representative for the bank. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in June of 2016 and has almost 6 years of banking experience. Kim processes all new account transactions and assists customers in finding the right account solutions to fit their financial needs. She also maintains all account types. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy the people I work with, I am a very social person so I enjoy talking with and meeting new people. I also think banking is interesting because I deal with numbers which is something I never thought I would enjoy.” Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

Operations

Blake BrantleyBlake Brantley

Blake is Special Projects Manager for the bank. He joined Georgia Primary Bank in 2012 and has over 40 years of banking experience. Blake provides support to Credit Administration, Compliance, Loan Coding, Analysis and Reporting. Asked what he enjoys about his job at Georgia Primary Bank he answered, “For many years I enjoyed working with customers, now the focus is helping co-workers.” Outside of the office Blake enjoys his family, (especially his grandchildren), escaping to the beach as much as possible and getting together with friends.

Vickie CostopoulosVickie Costopoulos

Vickie is a Loan Documentation Specialist. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in June of 2016 and has over 20 years of banking experience. Vickie produces loan documents for our closings and renewals. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy meeting different individuals and learning about their businesses as well as helping them achieve success.” Outside of the office she enjoys church activities, traveling and sports.

Connie CothranConnie Cothran

Connie is a Senior Vice President, Deposit Operations for the bank. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in August of 2014 and has over 28 years of banking experience. Connie responsibilities are varied and include, Deposit Operations, Treasury Services, Retail Online Banking Support and IT and Security. Connie is also an AAP (Accredited ACH Professional). Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy new product implementation from research to roll out.” Outside of the office she enjoys camping with family and friends and riding All Terrain Vehicles.

Dale R. EarnhartDale R. Earnhart

Dale is the Lending Assistant for Commercial and Consumer Loans. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in January of 2016 and has over 34 years of banking experience. Dale helps the lenders in all aspects of their jobs. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “The Customers.” Outside of the office she enjoys being with her family (children and grandchildren) and playing golf.

Tamara EnnisTamara Ennis

Tamara is Special Assets Administration/Loan Operations for the Bank. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in 2011 and has over 12 years of banking experience. Tamara manages and administers OREO Property, Building Inspections and Loan Administration for the bank. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I have been able to move into many created positions over the years in Banking. I enjoy being able to fit between the cracks and take on the overflow, or new projects, instead of sticking with the routine.” Outside of the office she enjoys traveling, DIY home and yard projects and writing (currently writing a book!).

Allyn HarrisAllyn Harris

Allyn is a Credit Analyst and Banking Officer for the bank. He joined Georgia Primary Bank in March of 2016 and has over 3 years of banking experience. Allyn underwrites our commercial and consumer loans. Asked what he enjoys about his job at Georgia Primary Bank he answered, “I enjoy helping customers with their financial needs in order to achieve their goals.” Outside of the office he enjoys cooking, playing golf, hiking and basically anything outdoors.

Mariela HoffmanMariela Hoffman

Mariela is our Executive Assistant. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in December of 2008 and has over 11 years of banking experience. She helps our customers with their financial needs and provides a high-level of administrative support for the company and its top executives. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy looking for answers and fulfilling my customer’s requests to the best of my abilities and in a timely fashion.” Outside of the office she enjoys volunteering at AWARE (Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort) as a Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Sharon HustedtSharon Hustedt

Sharon is the Compliance Officer, Bank Security Act Officer and the Privacy Officer for the bank. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in October of 2008 and has over 30 years of banking experience. Sharon works to ensure the bank is in compliance with regulatory requirements and assists staff in implementing policies and procedures. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy the challenges that present themselves in filling these positions.” Outside of the office she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Andy OdomAndy Odom

Andy is the Information Technology Officer and Assistant Vice President for the bank. He joined Georgia Primary Bank in August of 2016 and has over 19 years of banking experience. Andy is responsible for managing all aspects of the bank’s IT network. When asked what he enjoys about his job at Georgia Primary Bank he answered, “I enjoy being able to make my coworker’s daily job functions a little easier with regard to technology.” Outside of the office he enjoys visiting with his family in South Georgia, activities with friends, UGA football and being outside.

Peggy PettyPeggy Petty

Peggy is Assistant Vice President and Loan Operations. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in 2011 and has over 37 years of banking experience. Peggy manages our Loan Operation Department. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “The people I work with.” Outside of the office she enjoys reading, family and her yellow lab.

Kimberly Russo-AlesiKimberly Russo-Alesi

Kimberly is a Senior Vice President and the Controller for the bank. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in March of 2008 and has over 20 years of banking experience. Kimberly’s responsibilities include Accounting and Human Resources. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy working with numbers.” Outside of the office she enjoys volunteering with her son through (YMSL) Young Men’s Service League, sitting on the board of YMSL and the Athletic Association at her local high school, reading, travelling and watching her son play Ice Hockey and Lacrosse.

Beth A. SzalaBeth A. Szala

Beth is the Assistant Vice President for Retail Banking and Treasury Cash Management. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in 2008 and has over 22 years of banking experience. Beth assists both personal and business customers with all of their deposit needs including opening and maintaining all accounts. She also assists in managing online banking, remote deposit, ACH, wire transfers and debit cards. Asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I enjoy assisting customers while supporting deposit operations and project implementation.” Outside of the office she enjoys sports and traveling.

Pamela WilsonPamela Wilson

Pamela is a Credit Analyst and Banking Officer. She joined Georgia Primary Bank in September of 2016 and has over 5 years of banking experience. Pamela analyzes financial information, prepares spreadsheets and writes analyses for existing loans and new requests. When asked what she enjoys about her job at Georgia Primary Bank she answered, “I find the analysis of companies extremely interesting and feel that the bank’s role in helping a company reach its goal is important.” Outside of the office she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.