Trusted by Over 700 Community Banks

We Believe in Community Banks

We believe community banks are essential to lives and businesses all across America. We also recognize that running a community bank in today’s economic, political, and regulatory environment is not an easy task.

That is why we exist – to equip and inspire community banks with the technology and resources they need to compete in today’s banking landscape.

Our goal is to help you win more loans, make sound investments that protect your balance sheet, and improve your operational efficiency. How community banking happens is always changing, but the why behind it — the relationships and lives you impact — will never change.

Meet Our Management Team

Brad Jones
Executive Vice President | Managing Director
Brad assists community banks in developing and implementing investment, funding, and other balance sheet strategies. Before joining SouthState, Brad was a Senior Vice President at Silverton Bank and manager of its Capital Markets Division. In addition to capital markets, his responsibilities included oversight of the Bank’s Asset/Liability and Treasury functions, including managing the investment portfolio.

Brad graduated from the University of Georgia in 1986 with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He spent five years in public accounting, where he specialized in bank taxation. Brad is a Certified Public Accountant, a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU, and holds various securities licenses.
Erik Bagwell
Senior Vice President | Correspondent Sales & Marketing
Erik Bagwell is Senior Vice President of SouthState Bank’s Correspondent Division with responsibility for all Sales and Marketing. He joined SouthState in 2009 and served as an FVP and Business Development Officer until late 2017. Before joining the Bank, Erik was the Georgia Regional Market Executive for Silverton Bank. He has twenty years of experience in selling correspondent products to community banks around the country. Erik has served on the Executive Committee of The Georgia Bankers Association Leadership Division and is a graduate of the Georgia School of Banking sponsored by the GBA. Erik also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Georgia in 1992.
Chris Nichols
Senior Vice President | Director of Capital Markets
Chris has 30+ years of banking experience, is an active bank investor, small business owner, frequent speaker, co-author of The Successful Lender’s Field Guide, and frequent blogger. Before SouthState Bank, Chris was President/CEO of PCBB Capital Markets, sat on the executive committees of Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bank; helped found FinancialOxygen, a banking technology company; and held operating positions at the Bank of America Corporation, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chris holds a degree in economics from the University of California, is a sworn law enforcement officer and a flight medical officer.
Bruce Davidson
Senior Vice President | Director of Payments and Corporate Services
Bruce serves as Director of Payments and Corporate Services. He is responsible for oversight of Payment Operations, Product Development, and Risk Management for SouthState Correspondent Division. Bruce assists in the development of the Bank’s overall payment strategy and for developing strategy for Faster Payments within the Correspondent Division. He has been in the banking industry for over 25 years, with broad experience in all aspects of Payments. Bruce graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Banking School and a Certified Treasury Professional.
Stuart Hodges
Senior Vice President | Correspondent Chief Financial Officer
Stuart is responsible for Bond Accounting, Safekeeping, Fed Funds, and Asset/Liability for community bankers while also managing the Balance Sheet and Income Statement for the Correspondent Division. Before joining the Bank in 2009, Stuart worked at Silverton Bank as the Treasury Manager, where his responsibilities included oversight of Fed Funds and Repo and other balance sheet funding for the Bank. Stuart graduated from the University of Georgia in 1998 with a B.B.A. in Finance.
Janet Reynolds
Senior Vice President | International Services Manager
Janet has been in the banking industry for over 25 years, primarily focused on developing international and foreign exchange solutions for community bankers. She earned her B.S. degree in Business from Gardner Webb University. Before joining SouthState, Janet held the position of Capital Markets Operations Manager with Silverton Bank, responsible for Bond Accounting, Safekeeping, and International Operations. Her previous experience includes Wachovia Bank, managing International Payments and Investigations, and 13 years of management experience with Douglas Battery Manufacturing Company. Janet is a graduate of the Pathbuilders® Achieva® program.
Lisa Samani
Senior Vice President | Corporate Services Manager
Lisa is responsible for Corporate Services, ACH, Domestic Wire Transfer, Account Services, and all aspects of the Division’s Clearing/Cash Management Program. She is also the Product Manager for Converge, our online banking product serving financial institutions throughout the Southeast. Before joining the Bank in 2009, Lisa worked at Silverton Bank as Payment Solutions Manager and has over 30 years of experience in Correspondent Banking. Lisa graduated from the University of West Georgia in 1990 with a B.B.A. in Management.

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