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UCB names Hurst new CEO


Ed Bell, Chairman of United Community Bank’s Tennessee division, has announced that United’s president, Steve Hurst has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Founder, Chairman and CEO of First Central Bank since 1991, Bell had continued to serve as CEO since First Central’s merger with United Community Bank last year. He will remain as Chairman of the Tennessee Board.

“I believe the time is right for Steve to assume the title and duties of CEO,” said Bell, who also has served as President and CEO of The Bank of Loudon County.


Hurst, a Blount County native with more than 30 years of banking experience, Hurst joined United Community Bank in March 2003, the week the merger with First Central Bank was completed.

His community involvement includes serving as former chairman of the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and former president of the Lenoir City Civitan Club.

He represented Loudon County as a member of the board of the Tellico Area Services System from 1979 to 2000 and served as former vice-chairman of that board.

He also served as a board member of the Toqua District of the Boy Scouts of America from 1998 to 2000.

Hurst began his banking career in 1972 at Blount National Bank in Maryville.

A graduate of Everett High School in Maryville, Hurst attended LSU Graduate School of Banking in Baton Rouge, La.

He and his wife, Sandra who is employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority live in Knoxville. They have two sons and one grandchild.

Additional information about UCB may be found on the Web site at www.ubci.com.

 

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