ABOUT THE COASTAL BANK
Headquartered on Johnson Square in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, The Coastal Bank has proudly served coastal Georgia since 1954. This successful community bank, which is locally owned and operated, provides a full range of financial services and specializes in first-class small business banking, consumer banking, mortgage solutions and lending services.
The Coastal Bank has six branches conveniently located throughout the greater Savannah area, Rincon and Hinesville as well as an operations center in Pooler, Georgia. This leading financial institution has earned the distinction of being one of the most respected community banks in the region.
The Coastal Bank is defined by strong, experienced leadership, a powerful commitment to the community and a demonstrated commitment to customer service. We look forward to serving you!
To be the best provider of customized financial solutions to businesses and individuals within the communities we serve.
To improve the financial well-being of our customers, create wealth for our shareholders, and actively support the communities in which we work.
To achieve this mission, we will attract and retain the most talented, ethical and motivated employees available and foster a passion for pursuing our vision. We will develop with our employees a culture of trust, openness, stewardship, servant leadership and disciplined entrepreneurship.
Our values and operating principles must be ingrained on our hearts and demonstrated in our actions.
1. Respect -We believe every member of our team is deserving of equal respect.
2. Servant Leadership -We owe every employee consistent, effective leadership delivered by accountable, well-trained managers. When sacrifice is required, it must start with executive leadership.
3. Trust - Employees should feel safe about speaking openly and honestly about the good and not so good.
4. Excellence - We will strive to perform at our highest potential, and consistently deliver more than is expected.
5. Stewardship -We will honor the resources and needs entrusted to us by our employees, shareholders, and customers, and seek to balance their interests.
6. Rewards - Our total reward system must meet the dual test of internal equity and external competitiveness.
The Coastal Bank’s history has been defined by strategic growth and a strong commitment to the community. Originally founded in Hinesville, Georgia in 1954, The Coastal Bank became a state chartered bank in 1970. In 1982, Coastal Bankshares, Inc. was formed as a single bank holding company.
The bank acquired the Southern Bank and Trust Company of Savannah in 1986, marking its first entry into the fast-growing Savannah market. Over the next 20 years, the bank grew to more than $455 million in assets. Additionally, in 1999, it moved its headquarters to Savannah’s banking center on Johnson Square.
Georgia banking veteran J. Thomas Wiley, Jr. joined The Coastal Bank as President and CEO in 2007, hiring an accomplished management team with extensive expertise. Under Wiley’s leadership, the bank acquired two BankSouth offices in Savannah in 2008, expanding its core banking strategy and its footprint in coastal Georgia. Between 2007 and 2008, the FDIC market share report ranked The Coastal Bank #1 in Market Share Growth in Chatham County.
In 2012, banking industry veteran and former Coastal Bank Chief Banking Officer James A. LaHaise was named the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Coastal Bank. Thanks to his guidance, the bank continues to be one of the most stable and secure financial institutions in the region.
The Coastal Bank looks forward to many more years of success in the future.
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