Scott Birkner Joins United Community Bank SBA Lending Division

Greenville, S.C. – September 14, 2017 – United Community Bank is pleased to welcome Scott Birkner as Senior Vice President- Manager, Craft Beverage Lending to its growing SBA team. Birkner has an extensive background in government guaranteed lending and will focus his efforts on United’s craft beverage lending industry team.

“With such a strong background in small business lending, Scott will be a dynamic addition to our SBA team and well positioned to grow the craft beverage vertical,” said Rich Bradshaw, president of Commercial Banking Solutions with United Community Bank. “He has comprehensive financing abilities to help customers with so many different needs, and has a true passion for supporting clients as they work to achieve their business goals.”

Birkner began his career in financial services with Unity Bank and served in many roles that helped him to learn all facets of banking. He chose to focus on SBA lending and for fifteen years has served as a Vice President, Senior Business Development Officer for banks primarily in North Carolina. Most recently, Birkner served as Vice President for Yadkin Small Business Lending in the Government Guaranteed Lending Division of Yadkin Bank. During this time he began to focus on the craft beverage industry and he will maintain this focus at United Community Bank.

“I am excited to join the enthusiastic lenders at United Community Bank,” said Birkner. “I am committed to helping clients close their loans through hard work, partnerships and teamwork, and United Community Bank operates the same way. I look forward to supporting the growth of an exciting industry.”

Birkner serves on the board of Charlotte Ducks Unlimited. In addition he is a member of the Carolina-Virginia Business Brokers Association, NC Craft Brewers Guild, American Craft Spirits Association and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Because of his level of experience and expertise, Scott is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at commercial real estate events, lending conferences, seminars and SBA industry training.

About United Community Bank

United Community Banks, Inc. is a bank holding company based in Blairsville, Georgia with $11.2 billion in assets. The company's banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the southeast region's largest full-service banks, operating 142 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The bank specializes in personalized community banking services for individuals, small businesses and corporations. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products including mortgage, advisory, and treasury management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United Community Bank for outstanding customer service. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, J.D. Power ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2017, for the fourth 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 www.ucbi.com.