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June 5, 2014

Joe Beverly retiring after 50 years in banking


Celebrating his 50th anniversary in banking, Joe E. Beverly has announced his retirement.  

Following his Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees from the University of Georgia, Beverly began his career in banking with the First National Bank of Atlanta in June, 1964.  After being promoted to the position of Vice President with First National Bank, Beverly was recruited to Thomasville to join Commercial Bank in 1972 and was elected President in 1973 and subsequently Chairman of the Board in 1990.

In addition to his leadership with Commercial Bank, Beverly also served on the Board of Directors of Davis Water and Waste Industries (NYSE), Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE), Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE), and currently serves as a director of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE).  He is a past president/chairman of Archbold Medical Center, Brookwood School, Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, and W. R. Milton YMCA.

Beverly also contributed significantly to Thomas County and the State of Georgia.  These efforts resulted in his being selected “Man of the Year” for Thomasville and Thomas County in 1987, and selected as “Conservationist of the Year” by the Georgia Wildlife Federation in 1998.  He served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from 1992 to 1998 and as Chairman in 1997.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia School of Business (Terry College) in 2006.

Beverly is retiring as Chairman of the Board of Commercial Bank effective June 16, 2014 and was elected by the Bank Board as Chairman Emeritus.  

Commenting on Beverly’s 50th banking anniversary and retirement from the bank’s Board of Directors, Bank Vice Chairman, Fred Jefferson said, “Joe Beverly is one of those rare individuals who possesses a combination of a high level of intellectual horsepower, unquestioned degree of integrity and professional standards, and a unique ability to make decisions that benefit both the customer and our bank.  The good news regarding his retirement is that he will only be a phone call away.”

Joe Beverly and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Laura and Julie, and five grandchildren.

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