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WB&T Bankshares Officers

 

Ansel P. Clark 
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Ansel P. Clark

President

Ansel Clark was born and raised in Valdosta where he graduated from Valdosta High School and Valdosta State University. He began his banking career in 1973 at First National Bank in Valdosta and became President and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank, an affiliate bank, in Waycross in 1982. After First Union acquired the bank, Clark served as the City President in Macon in 1989 before accepting the position of Waycross Bank & Trust President in 1990. Under his leadership, WB&T Bankshares, Inc. has grown to a two-bank holding company with banks in Valdosta (Guardian Bank) and Waycross (Waycross Bank & Trust) with assets in excess of $350 million. He now serves as the President of WB&T Bankshares, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Bank and Waycross Bank & Trust. Clark serves on the Finance Committee at First United Methodist Church and the Georgia Sheriffs Boys Ranch Board of Directors.


Eli D. Mullis
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Eli D. Mullis

Chief Financial Officer

Eli Mullis grew up in Moultrie Georgia where he graduated from Colquitt County High School.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Risk Management with a concentration in Estate Management\Financial Planning.  Eli began his career in 1993 with First Georgia Bank in Brunswick, GA.  In 2000, he joined Demarest Strategy group, a bank management and consulting firm.  While there, he worked closely with over 50 banks across Georgia, providing support and advice on key decisions such as expansion feasibility, core deposit strategies, alternate funding, incentive compensation, infrastructure development, and interest rate risk management.  From December 2003 to March 2009, he worked as Chief Financial Officer for Unity National Bank, a $300 million banking institution in Cartersville, Georgia.  In April 2009, he joined WB&T Bankshares, Inc. as their Chief Financial Officer, where he works with Guardian bank and its affiliate banks, Waycross Bank & Trust and South Coast Bank & Trust (a subsidiary of Waycross Bank & Trust).  Mr. Mullis is a member of the Azalea City Kiwanis Club and attends Park Avenue Methodist Church.

 


Judy Kelly

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Judy Kelly

Chief Operating Officer

A North Georgia native, Judy has lived in the Lowndes County area and has worked in the local banking market for over 36 years.  She has attended Georgia Bankers Association Banking School, Valdosta State University and East Carolina University. In September 2011, she joined WB&T Bankshares, Inc. as their Chief Operating Officer, where she works with Guardian bank and its affiliate banks, Waycross Bank & Trust and South Coast Bank & Trust (a subsidiary of Waycross Bank & Trust). 


Livia Harper
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Livia Harper

Assistant Vice President - Operations

A Valdosta native and graduate of Valdosta High School, the Georgia Banking School at The University of Georgia, and the Georgia Bankers Association Southern Audit and Operations School, Livia Harper began her banking career in 1983 at First National Bank in Valdosta. With a long career in operations, Livia joined Guardian Bank in 2003 and is responsible for deposit operations and information technology.


Margie Blanton
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Margie Blanton

Human Resource Officer

A native of Hahira, Margie Blanton began her banking career in 1976 with First National Bank in Valdosta. During her career, Blanton has held a number of positions including Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Operations, Human Resources Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Secretary to the Board of Directors. She retired in 2004, but returned to banking by joining Guardian Bank in 2006. Blanton fills a number of roles at the bank. Blanton has long been active in the community having worked with the United Way, the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, and The Empty Stocking Fund.


Melody Halloran
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Melody Halloran

Compliance Officer, Bank Secrecy Officer, Security Officer

An Ohio native, Melody Halloran moved to Valdosta in 1990. She began her banking career in 2000 with Guardian Bank. During her tenure, Halloran has held a variety of positions including branch manager and consumer lender. She currently serves as the Compliance Officer, Bank Secrecy Officer, Security Officer, and Privacy Officer. Furthermore, Halloran provides all staff training and coordinates bank projects such as business continuity planning. Melody serves as the assistant treasurer for Calvary Baptist Church and is an active member in Quota of Valdosta.

 

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