King Purnell Joins United Community Bank as Regional President of Tennessee

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – (March 10, 2014) – United Community Bank is pleased to welcome King Purnell as Regional President of Tennessee. In his new role, Purnell will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the bank’s nine offices located throughout eastern Tennessee, which includes branches in Cleveland, Farragut and Knoxville.

“It is an absolute honor to welcome King to United Community Bank,” said Bill Gilbert, Director of Banking for United Community Bank. “He is an exceptional leader, and I have a great deal of respect for the experience he brings to our team. His drive and vision, coupled with a rich history of building deep relationships in this region, will be tremendous assets to the customers we serve in Tennessee.”

Purnell has more than 37 years of banking industry and general business experience. He began his banking career with Trust Company Bank in Atlanta, where he managed a team of commercial lenders in the metropolitan banking division. He later relocated to Knoxville and became the Executive Vice President of Eastern Tennessee for SunTrust Bank. Shortly after, Purnell was promoted to President and was responsible for implementing and rolling out the commercial line of business strategy in all markets in Tennessee.

In his most recent role, Purnell served as Executive Vice President and Line of Business Manager of Commercial Real Estate Lending for First Tennessee in Memphis. He established the Commercial Real Estate Line of Business for the bank, which consisted of eight offices, 50 employees and a portfolio of $1.5 billion in commitments.

“The Tennessee market offers a lot of potential for a bank like United Community Bank,” said Purnell. “The bank’s success is a direct result of its emphasis on relationships and customer service. United Community Bank is known as ‘the bank the service built.’ I look forward to helping the bank reach its full potential in Tennessee, and I am extremely proud to lead such an incredible team of bankers.”

Purnell earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He holds an MBA in Finance and a master’s degree in Accounting and Taxation from Georgia State University.

Purnell serves as Treasurer for the Cherokee Country Club and is an active member of the Knoxville Industrial Development Board. He has served as Chairman of several organizations, including the American Heart Association, Knoxville YMCA, Project In-Roads, and Robert Morris and Associates.

Purnell lives in Knoxville with his wife, Denise. They have two children and three grandchildren.


About United Community Banks, Inc.                                   


Headquartered in Blairsville, United Community Banks, Inc. is the third-largest bank holding company in Georgia. United has assets of $7.4 billion and operates 102 banking offices throughout north Georgia, the Atlanta region, coastal Georgia, western North Carolina, east Tennessee and western South Carolina. United specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals and small to mid-size businesses and also offers the convenience of 24-hour access through a network of ATMs, telephone and on-line banking. United’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol UCBI.  Additional information may be found at United’s website at

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