Oconee State Bank announces new Gwinnett County team

Oconee State Bank recently announced it hired, from left, Josh Osborne, Deborah Worley and Mike Fulton to work in its new Gwinnett County office. (Special Photo)

Oconee State Bank announced this week that it has hired a team of lenders to build its presence in Gwinnett County, which it sees as a fast-growing market.

Mike Fulton, Josh Osborne and Deborah Worley will work out of the bank’s new office in the Sugarloaf Parkway area near Duluth. Fulton and Osborne will be the Gwinnett County market leaders while Worley will be a commercial loan specialist.

“At Oconee State, we are building around top people and exceptional talent, and the opportunity to have Mike, Josh and Deborah join us was too good to pass up,” Oconee State Bank President and CEO Neil Stevens said in a statement. “Gwinnett County is a community where we already have customers, is close to our geographic roots in northeast Georgia, and has strong opportunities for lending growth.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring our special brand of remarkable service and accelerated decision making to the entrepreneurs, dentists, doctors, manufacturers, business owners and developers who drive Gwinnett County’s economy.”

Osborne has worked with medical, dental, commercial real estate, commercial development and residential construction loans and Small Business Administration 504 and 7(a) programs for more than 15 years.

Fulton has spent 18 years in commercial banking in Gwinnett County as part of 26-year career in the banking industry that includes lending experience in commercial real estate, construction, commercial and industrial and Small Business Administration programs.

Meanwhile, Worley has worked with community and regional banks for four decades. She also graduated from the Community Bankers Association Graduate School for Community Bankers and the Georgia Bankers Association Bank Management School.

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