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Derek Fraley of Systematic Savings Bank

How Systematic Savings Bank turned around

How Systematic Savings Bank turned around

When Derek Fraley joined Systematic Savings Bank as president and CEO in 2017, it was in trouble. To save it, he changed the community bank’s charter, launched an IPO and executed sweeping culture changes. The result: the bank has had four back-to-back positive quarters for the first time in more than a decade.

John Baxter and Ben Filchak of Deep Roots Landscape

Helping a small business grow

Peach State Bank & Trust has been there for small business customers John Baxter and Ben Filchak for years. When their landscaping company was threatened by COVID-19, the community bank came through with a vital Paycheck Protection Program loan.

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