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Morris Bank announces the expansion of its lending team into the Bulloch County market as it welcomes two commercial lenders and a mortgage originator on board. New members will join the Main Street and Brannen Street branch team of Morris Bank in Statesboro.

“We are delighted to continue to develop and expand our Bulloch County market with talent of this quality,” said Stacy Brantley, banking director of Morris Bank. “These new commercial and mortgage lenders will really complement our existing team and help us build even stronger relationships within Statesboro and surrounding areas. Morris Bank is built on community engagement and a set of core values, which we find evident in each of these lenders.

John Roach and Chad Avret will join the Morris Bank team as commercial lenders, and Alana Avret will join the mortgage team as a mortgage originator.

Jean Roach

John Roach began his banking career at Sea Island Bank in 2002 as an undergraduate student at Georgia Southern University. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his banking career, including positions at Renasant Bank / Heritage Bank of the South and most recently as Senior Vice President / Commercial Credit Officer at Synovus Bank. Roach and his wife, Joie, have three children: Anderson, John Brunson and Banks Roach.

Chad Avret has been an active member of the Statesboro community since graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1995. After graduation, he served the region in the Statesboro Bulloch Department of Parks and Recreation, occupying various management positions throughout his time there. Avret joined Banque Synovus in 2010 where he held the position of Commercial Lender / Vice President. He is married to Alana Avret and has three children: Evan, Elizabeth and Lane.

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Chad Avret

Alana Avret and her husband, Chad, are proud of their deep roots in the Statesboro community. She graduated from Statesboro High School and Georgia Southern University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. She started working as a Loan Authorizing Officer with Synovus 14 years ago and has served as the Market Sales Leader for Statesboro, Brunswick, St. Simons Island and St. Mary’s.

Prior to becoming a mortgage originator, Avret helped develop the banking and finance program at Ogeechee Technical College where she served as an instructor for over three years.

This article is sponsored by Morris Bank, which has three branches in Bulloch County. You can reach Morris Bank by calling (912) 489-2600 or by visiting their website www.morris.bank

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