Atlantic Coast Bank is the premier community bank in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
We operate from 11 Financial Service Centers as a federally chartered community bank with more than $700 million* in assets. Our parent company, Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ (“ACFC”).
What makes us the “premier community bank?”
- For both our Business Banking and Personal Banking Customers, our financial solutions are on scale with those of the biggest banks in the country.
- We still provide the benefits of a local relationship for convenience, service, decision-making and delivery. We live, work and play where you do – and have been doing so for over 75 years.
- We’re committed to long-term relationships with our customers, working with them one-on-one to respond to their unique banking needs and empowering them to meet their financial goals.
- We offer broad and challenging professional growth opportunities for our employees, and strive to be the employer of choice.
- We’re a responsible corporate neighbor in the areas we serve, with the Bank and our employees supporting local nonprofits and other community organizations.
We’ve come a long way from our 1939 start as a credit union in Waycross, Georgia. Today, with solid capitalization, an open and engaged leadership team and dedicated, caring employees, we’re ready for further success – for both ourselves and the customers we serve.
*$734M in assets as of 12/31/13 financial reporting.
Meet our Atlantic Coast Bank Leadership Team
John K. Stephens
John K. Stephens, Jr. is President and CEO of Atlantic Coast Bank, joining the Bank in September of 2013. Prior to Atlantic Coast Bank, John was President and CEO of Tower Bridge Capital, Inc., a privately held mezzanine finance and advisory firm. Previously, he served as the commercial banking executive for the Fifth Third Bank’s central and north Florida markets. With more than 20 years of experience, he began his career at Wachovia Bank, rising to senior vice president and director of corporate banking. John has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and completed his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and the University of South Carolina.
Phillip S. Buddenbohm
Phillip S. Buddenbohm is the Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer for Atlantic Coast Bank, having joined the Bank in 2004. He is responsible for all credit functions including retail (Personal Banking), mortgage and commercial credit, loan servicing, collections and compliance. Phillip has more than 20 years of experience in various management capacities including credit card lending, residential mortgage and correspondent lending, retail and small business lending, and private banking. Phillip has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Memphis.
Angela Crews is the Senior Vice President of Operations & Technology for Atlantic Coast Bank, and has been with the Bank since 2001. She is responsible for Retail Operations, Deposit Operations, Information Technology, Training, and Marketing. Angela started as a teller, and over the past 25 years has served in many different functions and capacities within the financial industry. Angela earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degree from University of Maryland University College, and graduated from National Banking School through America’s Community Bankers.
John W. Faiella
John W. Faiella is Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer of Atlantic Coast Bank, joining the Bank in December of 2013. In his role, John is responsible for our Business Banking Group, including all loans, deposit and other services for our early stage to mature business clients. John has more than 17 years in Jacksonville as an experienced contributor in the commercial banking area, most recently as a leader for a commercial banking team at another financial institution. He was also a small business owner for three years. John has a degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University, and is a past recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Teresa Hale is the Senior Vice President, Mortgage Division, joining the Bank in 2014. Prior to joining Atlantic Coast Bank, Teresa served as a Mortgage Senior Vice President for a national bank headquartered in Jacksonville. While there, Teresa launched a retail mortgage lending platform and led a team of experienced mortgage professionals to success when the mortgage industry’s future was uncertain. Teresa is a 25-year veteran of the mortgage industry, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. Teresa serves on the Board of Governors for the Jacksonville Mortgage Bankers.
Kathryn Henthorn is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Atlantic Coast Bank and Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation. Kathryn joined the bank in 2014. She is responsible for corporate governance, compliance, contracts, vendor management, litigation, and intellectual property. Kathryn has more than 17 years of diversified legal experience. She has a bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit University and a Juris doctorate degree from Capital University Law School.
Sheri Johnson is the Senior Vice President of Retail for Atlantic Coast Bank, and has been with the bank since 1997. She is responsible for the retail sales division, which includes 11 financial service centers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Starting as an outbound calling specialist, Sheri has over 20 years of experience serving in various areas of the financial industry.
D’Lynn Underwood is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Atlantic Coast Bank, joining the Bank in 2013. She is responsible for human resources policies, performance management, payroll, benefits and all related human resources issues. D’Lynn has been a human resources executive for several financial institutions, including Fifth Third Bank, Colonial Bank and AmSouth Bank, as well as serving in the benefits area for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.