MEET OUR EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM
James A. LaHaise
President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer, James A. LaHaise provides strong leadership and solid financial management. A seasoned banking professional with nearly 26 years of experience, LaHaise joined The Coastal Bank in 2007 after serving as Executive Vice President for Sales and Performance Management with RBC Centura Bank (formerly Flag Bank) in Atlanta, President of Middle Georgia Banking for Century South, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Service for AmeriBank.
Board of directors for the Savannah Technical College Foundation
Graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston
G. Michael Odom, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As The Coastal Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, G. Mike Odom, Jr. oversees capital management, financial and regulatory reporting, funds management, budgeting, internal audit, compliance and risk management and operational support from a strategic perspective. A senior finance executive with more than 23 years progressive experience in banking, Odom formerly served as the CEO of The Savannah Bancorp, President of Bryan Bank and Trust, and has also held leadership positions at SunTrust Bank in Brunswick and Tucker State Bank in Jacksonville.
Former director of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce
B.B.A. in Accounting from Georgia Southern University
Graduate of Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking
Noel A. Ellis, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Noel A. Ellis serves as the Chief Credit Officer for The Coastal Bank and is responsible for the overall quality of the bank’s loan portfolio and its lending practices. He also serves as a liaison with bank regulators, analyzes credits prior to loan committee meetings, assists lending personnel with the terms and structuring of loans, monitors past due assets and maintains charge-offs in line with established standards. An accomplished professional with 27 years of experience in the banking industry, Ellis joined The Coastal Bank in 2007 after a distinguished 19-year career with the Capitol City Bank Group in Tallahassee, Florida, where he established the bank’s Credit Administration Department, serving as the Chief Credit Officer for the last 12 years of his career there.
B.B.A. in Accounting from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi
Graduated with honors from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware
Licensed certified public accountant
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