Alan Worrell is the founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Sterling Bank, which opened for business in Montgomery on March 1, 1989. Under his leadership, Sterling Bank, a Division of Synovus Bank, has enjoyed impressive growth and performance serving the River Region with offices in Montgomery and Prattville. During that time, both Sterling and the River Region have weathered a number of challenges, and ultimately witnessed incredible progress. Alan told me recently:
Over our 26 year history, we have certainly seen Montgomery grow and I am pleased to say that we have played a role by banking clients who are investing, building, and expanding in our market. The last several years have been challenging and have kept Montgomery from growing at the level we would all like to see. The national economy and our local economy have impacted Montgomery’s growth; however, we are beginning to see improvements and a pick-up in economic activity. Our clients are more optimistic and encouraged, and loan demand has picked up. This means people – and businesses – are spending more and doing more, which is a positive sign.
A key to Sterling’s success is its emphasis on being a good community partner, which Alan defines as a business that leads by example, gives back to the community, and encourages active involvement in civic and community affairs by its management and employees. Sterling does a good job by actively promoting local support of businesses, non-profits, and organizations that are working together for the betterment of the community. In 2014, the Financial Services Roundtable presented Synovus with the Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Award for enhancing financial education and investing in community development projects.
Synovus has recognized Alan’s professional and personal reputation by awarding him with the William B. Turner Humanitarian Award. In addition, he was inducted into the Synovus All-Star Hall of Fame. Synovus has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as “The Best Company to Work For in America” and was included in the publication’s Hall of Fame. It was also recognized this year by the Small Business Administration as one of the top financial institutions for loans across the country.
In early March, Synovus received 19 Greenwich Customer Excellence Awards for customer service in Middle Market and Small Business Banking. In 2013, Sterling Bank was chosen as “BEST BANK” in Montgomery County by the Montgomery Advertiser Reader’s Choice Awards. Also, Sterling Bank is a former winner of the Frank Plummer Memorial Arts Award presented by the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts.
Alan and Cissy, his wife of 44 years, have two sons and five grandchildren. Currently, Alan is actively involved in our community. He serves on several boards of various organizations. Alan is a Deacon and serves on the Finance Committee of Trinity Presbyterian Church. I am blessed to have Alan as a very good friend, in addition to being my longtime banker! He is a good man!
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