United Community Bank Named as One of the Best Banks to Work For in United States

Blairsville, Ga. – September 6, 2017 – United Community Bank is proud to have been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2017The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Full results of this year’s program are available at American Banker and in the September issue of American BankerMagazine.

“Our employee culture is vitally important to us at United,” said Lynn Harton, president and chief executive officer of United Community Bank. “We are very proud of our team and excited to receive recognition for the focus we have placed on developing our employees and our culture.”

Determining the Best Banks to Work For involves a two-step process. The first step includes an evaluation of participating companies’ workplace policies, practices, and demographics. In the second step, employee surveys are conducted to directly assess the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. The combined scores determine the top banks and the final ranking.

“Our annual ranking recognizes the financial institutions that are committed to investing in employees’ job satisfaction, career development and personal growth – a ‘return on assets’ that can be hard to measure by traditional means,” said Marc Hochstein, editor in chief of American Banker. “One of the most valuable assets for any organization is the team of people it employs, and banks are no exception.”

Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.  The program is open to commercial banks, thrifts, savings banks and other chartered retail financial institutions with at least 50 employees in the United States. For more information on eligibility or other questions related to the Best Banks to Work For program, visitwww.BestBankstoWorkFor.com.

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.