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New South Atlantic Bank Office Opens to the Public

John BreedenAlison CabanissMyrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 23, 2015 – The South Atlantic Bank office in North Myrtle Beach opened its doors to the public for the first time this morning.

The North Myrtle Beach office is centrally located in the heart of Crescent Beach at 1801 Highway 17 South. 

At 8:30 a.m. visitors were greeted warmly by an experienced staff and a professional environment. John L. Breeden, III, senior vice president and North Strand regional executive, and Allison Cabaniss, vice president and retail business development officer, are heading the branch. Joining them in the office are three new staff members with great experience. Juanita Gore is the office’s assistant branch manager and customer service representative. Carrie Barwick is working as the teller supervisor, and Shelley Krzyzaniak is positioned as full time teller. 

Juanita GoreGore has an extensive background in the banking world. She previously worked with Anchor Bank before it was acquired by Carolina First. She was there eleven years until it merged with TD Bank and she was named customer service representative. Having transferred to Columbia with Carolina First, Gore is happy to be home on the Grand Strand. She graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School before gaining her AA degree from Harold Washington College. She then received her MBA and BS degrees from the University of Phoenix. Gore also completed courses with the American Institute of Banking.

Carrie BarwickBarwick has worked along the Grand Strand for the majority of her career. Most recently she held the position of head teller with TD Bank in North Myrtle Beach. She lived in Charlotte, North Carolina briefly before returning to the coast. As a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, the Grand Strand is her home.

Shelley KrzyzaniakKrzyzaniak is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina. She earned a BS degree in biological sciences with a minor in psychology. During her time at USC, Krzyzaniak traveled abroad to study at the University of Queensland in Australia. Krzyzaniak graduated with honors and with experience in various leadership roles. 

Keep a look out for more news about our new North Myrtle Beach office. The plans for our Grand Opening activities will be announced at a later date.

Three Promoted at South Atlantic Bank

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 17, 2015 -- South Atlantic Bank has announced the promotions of Mandy Edge, Leah Rodriguez, and Alison Van Wagner. 

Mandy EdgeEdge has been promoted to banking officer and assistant manager at the Myrtle Beach office. She has served as a customer service representative there since June 2013. Edge joined South Atlantic Bank as a teller at the Myrtle Beach office in January 2012. 

Edge is a native of Little River, South Carolina. She is an alumna of the University of South Carolina. There, she received her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in jazz studies. 

Leah RodriguezRodriguez is now a banking officer and assistant manager at the Murrells Inlet office. She worked there as a customer service representative beginning in December 2012. Rodriguez joined South Atlantic Bank as a teller at the Myrtle Beach office in February 2012. 

Rodriguez is originally from Conway, South Carolina. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University where she earned a B.A. degree in communications and a minor in graphic design. 

Alison Van WagnerVan Wagner now serves as the customer service representative at the Murrells Inlet office. She joined South Atlantic Bank as a teller at Murrells Inlet in January 2014. Van Wagner previously worked for First Federal as a personal banker before joining South Atlantic Bank. 

Van Wagner moved from Tennessee seven years ago and has lived in Myrtle Beach ever since. She holds a B.A. degree in communications from Coastal Carolina University.

South Atlantic Bank to Host Ribbon Cutting at Pawleys Island Office

South Atlantic Bank Pawleys Island Branch

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 22, 2015 – South Atlantic Bank will officially cut the ribbon at its Pawleys Island office on Thursday, January 29th at 9 a.m. The new office is located at 10970 Ocean Highway, adjacent to the Hammock Shops.

Bank officials, including K. Wayne Wicker, chairman and chief executive officer, R. Scott Plyler, president, Richard N. Burch, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Drew S. Johnson, senior vice president and Waccamaw Neck regional executive, along with Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce chairman Jeff Smith, will be on hand to greet customers and welcome them to the bank’s new home.

Built by Georgetown-based Coastal Structures and designed by ESD Architecture of Charlotte, the building is set on 1.15 acres at the corner of Lachicotte Road and Ocean Highway. The 4,000 square-foot office is a one-story version of the bank’s Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet locations, complete with the pulley-operated ceiling fans, deep porticos, and louvered storm shutters. Customer amenities include a drive-up automated teller machine (ATM) and a comfortable reception area with free Wi-Fi and hot coffee.

The building also uses technology to enhance the customer’s banking experience. For example, a user-friendly kiosk will allow customers to learn about the bank’s products and services, including online and mobile banking. At the teller line, a cash recycler streamlines the processing of deposits for faster, more efficient service. Additionally, customers are able to access their safe deposit boxes without assistant from branch personnel via a new biometric access system. To gain entry to the safe deposit room, the customer places his hand on the reader and enters a personal code, then uses his key to open the box. The overall branch design emphasizes easy, convenient service.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the ribbon cutting and visitors to the office will have the opportunity to enter a prize drawing for an Apple® iPad Air®. No purchase is necessary and entrants must be age 18 or older to participate. South Atlantic Bank employees and their families are not eligible.

Hours at the Pawleys Island office are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with drive-through hours extended on Friday until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the office at 843.849.2049.