North Atlanta National Bank: 03/01/04

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March 01, 2004 Phone: 770.998.4769

North Atlanta National Bank Announces Strategic Growth Initiative

Alpharetta Bank to Open Lending Office in Forsyth County
Rex A. Tallant to head new Cumming office

Alpharetta, GA – March 19, 2004 – North Atlanta National Bank (NANB) Chairman and CEO, Jimmy Walker, announced today that the Bank will be expanding its services in the growing Forsyth County market by opening a new Loan Production Office in Cumming, Georgia. Cumming resident, Rex A. Tallant has been hired to head the new office. Tallant recently joined North Atlanta National Bank as a Sr. Vice President for Commercial Lending. He has worked in the banking industry since 1987 for Bank South, First Colony Bank, and Mainstreet Bank.

In making today’s announcement, Walker said he believes the timing is right to launch this important initiative for the Bank. "From inception, North Atlanta National Bank has been alert for opportunities to expand our service in the GA 400 corridor, one of the fastest growing markets in the country. Our main criterion for opening new offices is the availability of professional bankers with roots in the areas into which we expand. With Rex’s arrival, North Atlanta National Bank will be represented in the Forsyth market by an extraordinarily well known and respected banker."

Rex A. Tallant resides in Cumming and is a native of Forsyth County. He attended Forsyth County High School and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1976. Upon graduation, Tallant worked in the corporate and public accounting sector for small businesses in Atlanta and Cumming for nine years before entering the banking industry in 1987. Tallant is active in the Forsyth Community. He recently completed a three-year term on the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a member of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where he serves as chairman of the Church’s administrative board. Tallant is also an active member of the South Forsyth Rotary Club.

When asked about Rex Tallant, Scott J. Garland, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank shared, "I had the opportunity to work with Rex for nine years and he has always impressed me. Rex will be able to use the 27 years of knowledge and experience he gained from working with all types of small businesses in his new position with us. Clients could always count on Rex for expert advice, guidance and direction regarding both their banking and general business questions. His ability to understand and empathize with his clients is the cornerstone to his success. We look forward to having Rex on staff so that he can provide his services and expertise to our NANB customers."

"Working with North Atlanta National Bank will be a great opportunity for both my customers and me," Tallant said. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to expand my career while maintaining the quality of life that I have come to enjoy in my home town. Forsyth County is a competitive market. Though there are already 17 banks in the area, I strongly believe that North Atlanta National Bank will meet the competition and prosper here. I look forward to helping my customers "Experience the Difference" when they bank with NANB."

North Atlanta National Bank is a $70 million-asset community bank serving small businesses and individuals in the North Atlanta market since November 1998. The Bank provides a broad range and full complement of traditional banking services including 24-hour internet banking and bill payment services. The bank’s primary lending focus is owner-operated businesses in the North Fulton market as well as Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. NANB was a finalist for the Georgia Community Bankers Association Quality Service and Community Bank of the Year Award for the past three years. The bank’s headquarters is located at 10500 Old Alabama Road Connector in Alpharetta. Please visit North Atlanta National Bank’s web site at for more information about the Bank.

Mark A. Weiss, The Renaissance Communications Group, 770.998.4769,

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