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David Cowles, BankSouth Receives Lifetime Service Award from Community Bankers Association of Georgia

Nov 6, 2017 News

November 6, 2017

Amy Miller
VP, Marketing BankSouth
[email protected]
(770) 709-6785

GREENSBORO, Ga. – David Cowles, Executive Vice President and COO of BankSouth was recognized recently by the Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) for 31 years of dedicated service to the community banking industry. This prestigious award was presented by CBA’s President & CEO, Rob Braswell with family, friends and co-workers present.

“Georgia is fortunate to have such an impressive number of community bankers who have reached these milestones. It’s our pleasure to honor the men and women who have served the banking needs of their communities and lent their expertise to a new generation of community bankers throughout their careers,” stated Rob Braswell. “We are honored to be counted among their peers.”

David is a Tennessee native and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Banking. During college, he started his first banking job as a relief Teller for Greene County Bank in Greeneville, TN. Upon graduation, he took on a full-time role. Cowles moved to the investment industry but returned to banking at First American Bank, now Regions Bank, in Nashville, TN. In 2003, Cowles and his family moved to Greensboro, GA where he joined BankSouth, Citizens Union Bank at the time. He has served as COO for the past 14 years and EVP since 2009.

David has had the honor of serving as a member of the board of directors for the Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center for several years, and as Chairman for 2 years, Habitat for Humanity for five years, and the Greene County Chamber for the past 13 years where he also served as Chairman. Cowles is consistently involved in BankSouth’s community activities including an active role with the BankSouth Foundation’s support of education and community projects.

While in Tennessee, Cowles served on the Tennessee Young Bankers Board of Directors and was a Regent for the Tennessee Banking School. Over his 14 years at BankSouth, Cowles has played a key role in many of the bank’s milestones such as de novo branching into Savannah, establishing branches alongside the mortgage company headquarters in Dunwoody and subsequently in Buckhead, the acquisition of North Georgia Bank in Watkinsville, and supporting the growing footprint of BankSouth Mortgage. In addition, Cowles has led the launch and advancements of bank services such as internet banking, RDC, mobile banking, in-house core processing, training, enhanced employee benefits, and other processes to improve efficiencies and customer service.

Every year, CBA honors bankers who have 30 or more years of banking experience and a proven record in excellent community involvement with the Lifetime Service Award. For more information about the Lifetime Service recognition, please contact the CBA office at 770-541-4490 or visit


BankSouth, founded in 1946, is a community bank headquartered at Lake Oconee with over $500 million in assets serving customers locally as well as in the Watkinsville/Athens, Atlanta and Savannah areas. BankSouth has been recognized as one of the top performing community banks in the nation. Focusing on providing superior customer service, BankSouth offers personal and business banking solutions, lending and mortgage products as well as wealth management services.

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