Newsweek names United Community Banks as one of America’s Best Regional Banks


ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. — United Community Banks recently announced it has been recognized as one of America’s Best Regional Banks 2024 by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group. This survey of more than 35,000 people included more than 140,000 reviews of regional banks and credit unions.

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged as one of the nation’s top regional banks by Newsweek,” UCB Chairman Robert A. Narmont said in a press release. “This recognition not only reflects our financial strength and performance but also underscores our dedication to meeting the diverse needs of our customers and communities. We are honored to be their trusted financial partner of choice.”

“Regional banks and credit unions play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of communities across the nation. Newsweek and market-data research firm Plant-A Insights are proud to introduce ‘America’s Best Regional Banks and Credit Unions 2024,’ highlighting local lenders that are committed to the needs of their communities,” said Nancy Cooper, global editor-in-chief for Newsweek.

United Community Bank also maintains its five-star rating by Bauer Financial. Furthermore, UCB Banks have consistently been voted “Best Bank” by readers and listeners of many community publications and radio stations, including The State Journal-Register, Illinois Times, Quincy Herald-Whig, Alton Telegraph, AdVantage News, McDonough County Voice, Capitol Radio Group, Radio Keokuk and Lincoln Courier.

UCB President Dan Wilcoxen expressed gratitude for the continued support of the communities the banks serve.

“We are deeply honored by the recognition from all those within our communities,” he said. “These awards and rankings serve not only as achievements but as catalysts for our ongoing mission to deliver unparalleled products and services in community banking.”

United Community Bank, headquartered in Chatham, is an employee-owned regional bank holding company with roots dating back to 1907, when Farmer’s State Bank was established in Greenfield. A local group led by Robert Narmont invested in Farmer’s State Bank in 1973 with the goal of delivering the ultimate in customer service while continuing to welcome other banks into the United Community Bank family. Today, United Community Bank has grown to an approximately $3.4 billion institution operating eight bank brands comprising more than 100 banks and ATMs in 35 communities in central and west central Illinois, northeast Missouri and southwest Florida.

The United Community Banks are United Community Bank, Marine Bank & Trust, Brown County State Bank, Farmers State Bank of Camp Point and Liberty Bank in Illinois, Mercantile Bank in Illinois and Missouri, and United Commonwealth Bank in Naples, Fla.

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