Savannah Market President, Bank South
Husband Ted Moore, daughters Sally, 11, and Grace, 14
what she does
I’ve always been in commercial banking — dealing with small business, with companies who do manufacturing, people who want to own a business, builders. All of which is fun. You never get bored.
I grew up on St. Simons. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in international business. I started banking right after college with a management training program in Atlanta. I lived five or six years in Atlanta and commuted between Atlanta and New York for five years with SunTrust.
I worked in Savannah with Darby Bank for four years and then went back to SunTrust as a commercial lender. I joined Bank South in March and started to assemble a team.
Seven and growing. A teller, an operations manager, a personal banker, an underwriter, a loan assistant/processor, two relationship managers who do consumer and commercial lending.
why she’s successful
I played sports in high school (softball, basketball and tennis and rec soccer). That taught me a lot about teamwork. You only are as successful as the people around you. I’m successful because I’ve been choosing the right partners, the right people.
Also I’m successful because I have the support of my family. My husband, my girls are always 100 percent behind me. What if my girls didn’t want me to work — or my husband? It makes such a difference.
Also, I’ve had a great mentor and leader in Kay Ford who’s been in banking for 41 years. She’s advisory board chairman for Bank South and serves on the Bank South board that oversees the bank.
I’ve learned from her the importance of giving back to the community, not only serving on boards, but also going to Second Harvest and packing the food. Recently our family helped at one of the shelters for homeless women who are pregnant. We cleaned up the yard ... You really need to get down in the weeds and help. Roll up your sleeves.
Disappointment is inevitable but discouragement is a choice. That’s from Charles Stanley, who used to be pastor of a Baptist church in Atlanta. And I’m not even a Baptist. I feel like we’re all going to have disappointments ... but you can’t be discouraged. Being discouraged is about attitude.
Getting this opportunity as the market president. It’s quite an honor and a big achievement. The best part — I’m having the time of my life.
I’m looking to establish a branch on the west side.
tips for other businesses
It’s so important to choose your partners correctly, people who will be there for you when you need them.
Another tip, and this is hard for everyone: Your family needs to come first. I don’t get to pick my children up from school every day. But I’m there for them.
things to avoid
Not choosing the right partners who assist you in business. Not giving back to the community. I serve on several boards — Leadership Savannah, the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation Boad, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board. Without community, you don’t really have a business.
why the Savannah area works for her
I grew up on St. Simons. If we really needed something, we had to come to Savannah. For shopping, doctors. I loved the city. ... To me it’s the perfect size. Not so big as where you have to sit in traffic all day. But we have the port. We have tourism.
We’re sitting on a gold mine. The harbor’s going to be deepened, and we’re going to need more warehouses, things to service the port. And we have the schools here — Savannah Tech, Savannah State, SCAD, Armstrong, which attract so many people to get education. And we hope they’ll stay here.
company mission statement
These are our core values: Be ready. Be responsive. And be respectful. ... It’s about knowing your customers, listening to them and being there for them through good times and bad times.