Jimmy Tallent is chairman and chief executive officer of United Community Banks, Inc. (United) and its subsidiary bank, United Community Bank. United is a $10.7 billion bank holding company with 29 community banks and 139 offices serving communities throughout Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Tallent has 40 years of banking industry experience, including 31 years with United. He was initially appointed president of United Community Bank – Union County in Blairsville, Georgia in 1984. He also oversaw the formation of its holding company in 1989. In March 2002, United's common stock was listed on the Nasdaq National Market and in July 2002 was listed in the Russell 2000 Index.
Tallent serves on the board of trustees for Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. and on several boards of directors, including for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Cities Foundation and Georgia Power Company. He is a former member of the board of directors for the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, and the Global Health Action. Tallent has also served as the State YMCA finance chairman.
Tallent is a past recipient of the Georgia Economic Developers Association’s “Spirit of Georgia” Award. The award is presented annually to a Georgia business executive "who has demonstrated superior ability, originality, potential impact, and courage in business development." Tallent has been recognized by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" for 10 consecutive years.
Tallent is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award for Financial Services in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee region.
A native of Habersham County, Ga., Tallent attended Young Harris College and Piedmont College. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Banking School in Athens.
H. Lynn Harton
Lynn Harton serves as the president and chief operating officer of United Community Banks, Inc. and its subsidiary bank, United Community Bank. Harton has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, with expertise in commercial banking, risk management, turnarounds, and change management. Harton is responsible for directing overall operations for United Community Bank and working alongside other members of senior management regarding the strategic direction and expansion of the $10.7 billion holding company.
Prior to joining United Community Banks in 2012, Harton was a consultant and special assistant to the chief executve officer and executive vice president of Commercial Banking for TD Bank Financial Group, headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ. Prior to joining TD Bank, Harton held the positions of president and chief executive officer, head of commercial banking and head of credit and risk at The South Financial Group (which was sold to TD Bank). He also has held various executive positions at Regions Financial Corporation, Union Planters Corporation and BB&T.
Harton earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and has participated in various executive programs at Duke University, Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina. He serves as a director of RMA (The Risk Management Association) and serves on its Community Bank Council. He also has served on a number of additional financial boards and committees throughout his career, including the Palmetto Business Forum, RMA National Credit Risk Council, CBA National Small Business Banking Committee, and the Equifax Small Business Financial Exchange.
Harton lives in Greenville with wife Flavia, and serves on a number of community boards, including The Greenville County Museum Association and The Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
Jefferson Harralson serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Community Banks, Inc. Harralson has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is currently responsible for managing and directing all accounting, financial and reporting activities for the company. He is also responsible for mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, treasury, capital and strategic planning, budget, and forecasts.
Prior to joining United in 2017, Harralson was a managing director for Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. He joined KBW as vice president in 2002, and was charged with rebuilding the firm’s Southeastern Bank Research effort after the events of September 11, 2001. He has led KBW’s small and midsized bank research team, and most recently, was associate director of research for the entire firm. Harralson has spent his career focused on the banking industry, particularly small and midsized banks.
Harralson is a native of Kentucky, received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington & Lee University and his master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University. He currently serves on Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business Advisory Board.
Rex Schuette serves as executive vice president, finance of United Community Banks, Inc. Schuette has more than 34 years of experience in banking and financial services, including serving as United’s chief financial officer for sixteen years until 2017.
Prior to joining United in 2001, Schuette was the chief accounting officer and controller for State Street Corporation from 1985 to 2001. There, he directed all aspects of controllership, including: a decentralized finance network, financial profitability and reporting, accounting operations, policies and systems, budget and forecasting, tax strategies, and compliance for U.S., foreign and product taxes. Prior to State Street, Schuette was chief financial officer of Bank One Columbus, assistant controller at two regional banks in the Midwest, and audit manager with an international audit firm.
Schuette has served as chairman of the accounting committee for the American Bankers Association and is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, and a certified public accountant certificate while in public accounting.
Bill Gilbert is president of community banking for United Community Bank, which consists of 29 community banks with 139 offices. Gilbert’s 40 years of banking experience has also included the management of Riegel Textile Credit Unions, president of Farmers and Merchants Bank, and president of Peoples First Community/United Community Bank.
Most recently, Gilbert served as director of community banking from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this Gilbert was head of retail banking at United from 2003 until 2011, when he was named a regional president for the bank. He was named director of banking in 2012. Gilbert is a past chairman of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, where he served on the board for several years.
Robert A. Edwards
Rob Edwards serves as executive vice president and chief credit officer for United Community Bank. Edwards is responsible for oversight of the credit culture and delivering solid credit performance for United Community Bank.
Edwards has more than twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining United Community Bank, he served as executive credit officer over Credit Policy and Risk Reporting and Analytics at TD Bank N.A. He also served as the chief credit officer at The South Financial Group (TSFG).
Edwards earned his bachelor’s from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a member of the Nazarene Theological Seminary board. Edwards lives with his wife and children in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Bradley J. Miller
Brad Miller serves as executive vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer of United Community Banks, Inc. In this capacity, Miller is responsible for the company's legal affairs and all facets of its enterprise risk management.
Miller has more than 20 years of relevant experience. Prior to joining United in 2007, Miller was a litigation attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend with a focus in consumer and regulatory matters.
Miller earned his bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University and J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He is the vice chairman of the bank counsel section of the Georgia Bankers Association, a member of the Regional Bank Counsel Group of the American Bankers Association, and serves on of various community organizations.
Richard W. Bradshaw
Richard Bradshaw serves as president of specialized lending for United Community Bank. In this role, he oversees all specialty lines of business across the bank’s footprint. He is also responsible for developing and leading the bank’s Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending program.
Bradshaw brings nearly 25 years of banking industry experience to his role at United Community Bank, including 20 years dedicated to the SBA lending niche. Prior to United Community Bank, he served as the head of U.S. SBA programs at TD Bank and led the bank to become the 8th largest SBA lender in the U.S. Bradshaw also developed a successful SBA lending unit at Carolina First before it was acquired by TD Bank.
He previously served as president at UPS Capital Business Credit in Atlanta, Ga. Under his direction, the bank tripled SBA origination volume and moved from 45th to the 9th largest lender during the SBA’s 2008 fiscal year. Bradshaw also held additional leadership roles at UPS Capital, including senior vice president of global sales and executive vice president of commercial lending.
At United Community Bank, in addition to SBA lending, Bradshaw oversees the specialty lines of business, including asset-based lending, commercial real estate, corporate banking, healthcare lending, and New Markets Tax Credits.
Bradshaw is a former member of the board of directors and executive committee for NAGGL (National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders). In November 2013, Bradshaw received the organization’s annual Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to an individual who made a significant achievement with regard to bettering small business. He was selected for the award primarily as a result of his dedication to veteran initiatives with NAGGL and the International Franchise Association.
Bradshaw is a retired, highly decorated commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program and served five years of active duty as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Bradshaw recently served on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Selection Board for the service academies.
Bradshaw and his wife, Stacey, live in Greenville, S.C., and have three adult children. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Greenville Literacy Association.