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United Community Bank selects Knoxville banker for Leadership Academy

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Blake Cline

KNOXVILLE – United Community Bank has chosen eleven of its emerging leaders for its 2018 Leadership Academy, an internal professional development program. Blake Cline has been selected for the program, which includes team members from across the four-state United Community Bank footprint. Cline is a Portfolio Manager and operates out of the Knoxville United location.

“We are honored to have such dedicated and talented individuals on our team,” said Lynn Harton, president and chief executive officer of United Community Bank. “Great service starts with great people, and we are glad that our team members wish to unveil their full potential by enhancing their professional skills.”

The third-year class includes United employees nominated by senior management throughout the Bank’s footprint. Members will participate in key meetings and leadership roundtables with United’s executive management. Members will also participate in Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning Mini MBA program in Greenville, S.C. as well as individualized leadership sessions. The monthly sessions will span for eight months with a graduation upon completion.

United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) is a bank holding company based in Blairsville, Georgia with $12.3 billion in assets. The company's banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the Southeast region's largest full-service banks, operating 151 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For the last four years, J.D. Power has ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2018, for the fifth consecutive year, Forbes magazine included United on its list of the 100 Best Banks in America. Additional information about the company and the Bank's full range of products and services can be found at

Published July 22, 2018

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