Planters First Bancorp taps J. Daniel Speight as CEO,  expands Bank Executive Leadership Team 

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J. Daniel Speight

J. Daniel Speight

Planters First Bancorp, parent company of Planters First Bank, announces the appointment of J. Daniel Speight as CEO of Planters First Bancorp and General Counsel of the Bank. Mr. Speight will also join the boards of Bancorp and the Bank.

"Dan has had a distinguished banking career that reached across the state, but it was built upon the strength of his roots and relationships developed in central Georgia, which is where we live and work,” noted Bob Way, Bancorp Chairman. “Dan knows and understands our markets, customer base, and our employees. We will benefit from his vision and leadership, and we are excited about Dan joining our bank family.”

Adds Speight: "I am honored to have been entrusted with this opportunity. I’ve known this bank and its ownership all my life. They have my utmost trust and respect. This is a battle-tested bank with a rich history that dates back to 1896. I believe we have an opportunity to create “The” Community Bank in Middle Georgia, one that our customers, team members, and shareholders will be proud to call “My Bank.”

As part of the expanded leadership team, Planters First will also add two other veteran bankers that have previously worked with Speight at State Bank Financial Corporation and Flag Financial Corporation.

Dan was a founding shareholder, officer, and director of State Bank and Trust and State Bank Financial Corporation. Dan has also served in various leadership roles with James Bates Brannan & Groover, Flag Bank, Flag Financial Corporation, and Citizens Bank. Dan is also currently a board member of Beach Community Bank headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Dan has been active in various community organizations and well as state-wide banking organizations. Dan received his BBA from Georgia Southern College and his JD from Mercer University. Dan and his wife, Robby, live in Pinehurst, Georgia.

Mike Phillips will join as the Chief Financial Officer of Bancorp and Chief Strategy Officer of the Bank. Lisa Lane will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Bancorp and the Bank.

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips worked with Dan as an original shareholder and officer at State Bank and Trust as well as Flag Bank and Citizens Bank. Originally from Alabama, Mike has spent the past twenty-five years in Georgia community banks in various strategic, operational and financial management roles. Prior to joining PFB, Mike worked with Calumet Bank in LaGrange, Georgia, as Chief Strategy Officer. Mike and his wife, Teresa will be living in Perry.
Lisa Lane

Lisa Lane

Lisa Lane worked with both Dan and Mike at State Bank, Flag Bank, and Citizens Bank in various administrative, management, operational, marketing and retail roles. Lisa has been active in statewide banking organizations over the years as well as various community organizations. Lisa grew up in Pitts and now lives in Vienna with her husband, Donnie. Most recently, Lisa worked as Chief Administrative Officer with James Bates Brannan Groover LLP in Macon and Atlanta.

About Planters First Bancorp and Planters First Bank

Founded in 1896, Planters First Bank, the 8th oldest financial institution in Georgia, is headquartered in Cordele, Georgia and operates 8 full-service locations throughout middle Georgia.