BankSouth COO receives lifetime service award

BankSouth COO David Cowles.


The Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) recognized David Cowles, executive vice president and COO of BankSouth, recently for 31 years of dedicated service to the community banking industry. CBA’s President & CEO, Rob Braswell with family, friends and co-workers present, presented this prestigious award.


"Georgia is fortunate to have such an impressive number of community bankers who have reached these milestones,” Braswell said. “It’s our pleasure to honor the men and women who have served the banking needs of their communities and lent their expertise to a new generation of community bankers throughout their careers. We are honored to be counted among their peers.”


David is a Tennessee native and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in Banking. During college, he started his first banking job as a relief teller for Greene County Bank in Greeneville, Tenn. Upon graduation he took on a full-time role. Cowles moved to the investment industry but returned to banking at First American Bank, now Regions Bank, in Nashville, Tenn. In 2003, Cowles and his family moved to Greensboro, where he joined BankSouth, Citizens Union Bank at the time. He has served as COO for the past 14 years and EVP since 2009.


David has had the honor of serving as a member of the board of directors for the Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center for several years, and as chairman for two years, Habitat for Humanity for five years and the Greene County Chamber for the past 13 years where he also served as Chairman. Cowles is consistently involved in BankSouth’s community activities, including an active role with the BankSouth Foundation’s support of education and community projects.


While in Tennessee, Cowles served on the Tennessee Young Bankers Board of Directors and was a regent for the Tennessee Banking School. Over his 14 years at BankSouth, Cowles has played a key role in many of the bank’s milestones such as de novo branching into Savannah, establishing branches alongside the mortgage company headquarters in Dunwoody and subsequently in Buckhead, the acquisition of North Georgia Bank in Watkinsville and supporting the growing footprint of BankSouth Mortgage. In addition, Cowles has led the launch and advancements of bank services such as Internet banking, RDC, mobile banking, in-house core processing, training, enhanced employee benefits and other processes to improve efficiencies and customer service.


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