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United Community Bank Selects Atlanta Area Bankers for Leadership Academy

June 8, 2020

United Community Bank has chosen fifteen of its emerging leaders for the bank’s 2020 Leadership Academy, an internal professional development program which includes team members from across the four-state United Community Bank footprint. Two Atlanta-based bankers, Jason Hultgren and Sheila Stolorena, have been selected for the fourth class of the program.

“We know that great banking starts with great people,” said Lynn Harton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Community Bank. “We are pleased to offer this talented group of individuals an opportunity to expand their knowledge and professional skills. Their future influence will undoubtedly make our organization an even better place to bank and work.”

Jason Hultgren serves as Director of Retail Mortgage Sales. He is based in the bank’s Peachtree Road office. Sheila Stolorena serves as a Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager. She is based in the bank’s McGinnis Ferry Road location.

The fourth-year class includes United employees nominated by senior management throughout the Bank’s footprint. Members will participate in key meetings and leadership roundtables with United’s executive management, Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning Mini MBA program in Greenville, S.C., and multiple leadership sessions. The monthly sessions will span for eight months with a graduation upon completion. Forty bankers have completed the program since it was launched in 2016.

About United Community Banks, Inc.

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) is a bank holding company headquartered in Blairsville, Georgia, with executive offices in Greenville, South Carolina. United is one of the southeast region’s largest fullservice financial institutions with $13.1 billion in assets, and 149 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. It operates principally through United Community Bank, its bank subsidiary, which specializes in personalized community banking services for individuals, small businesses and companies. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, advisory, and treasury management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United Community Bank for outstanding customer service. For five of the past six years, J.D. Power has ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2019, Forbes magazine included United in its inaugural list of the World’s Best Banks, and in 2020, recognized United for the seventh consecutive year on its list of the 100 Best Banks in America. United Community Bank also received the 2019 Greenwich Excellence Award for overall satisfaction in Middle Market Banking in the South and Small Business Banking Excellence Awards for both overall satisfaction and cash management in the South. Additional information about UCBI and the Bank can be found at

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