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Michael L. Gilstrap elected as Chairman of the Board 

Michael L. Gilstrap has served on the boards of American Pride Bank and its holding company American Bancorp, Inc. since inception; he was elected by the boards of both in August of 2018 to serve as Chairman of the Board.   


Mr. Gilstrap is a 1970 graduate of the University of West Georgia.  He obtained a Masters of Education degree from the University of Georgia in 1972 and a Masters of Science in Administration degree from Georgia College and State University in 1982.  He was employed by the Medical Center of Central Georgia from 1979 to 2006, retiring as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  He was a founding board member of Central Georgia Health Network, and also a founding board member of Secure Health Plans of Georgia.  He was a former Chairman of the Peach County Board of Education and a former Chairman of the Peach County Board of Elections, where he currently serves on the board.  Mr. Gilstrap is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Mr. Gilstrap is currently retired.


Macon’s John Hall Elected as 129th Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, July 9th, 2018

John F. Hall, president and CEO of American Pride Bank in Macon, has been elected by his peers to serve as 2018-2019 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Bankers Association.
“John has worked at a variety of banks that are reflective of the full scope of the types of banks that serve communities throughout Georgia,” said Joe Brannen, GBA president and CEO. “He’s committed to making sure that everyone understands just how important the banking industry is and how the Georgians who happen to be bankers make a difference in their hometowns every day. And, he’ll be a strong champion for the advocacy, education and services provided by the association as resources to the industry.”
Hall has more than 30 years of banking experience. He’s been at the helm of American Pride Bank since 2009. The bank has total assets of $171 million, loans of $133 million and deposits of $139 million. The bank employs 35 people and has four offices. Two of those are in Bibb County, one in Houston County and one in Oconee County serving the Athens area.
Hall spent the first 15 years of his career with growing super-regional banks in the Atlanta area before transitioning into community bank roles in the early 2000s.
In serving as the GBA Chairman-Elect during the past year, Hall has chaired the GBA Public Affairs Committee. He’s also served on the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council. The committee and council provide recommendations on regulatory and legislative policies to the associations’ boards of directors.
Active in the community as well, Hall is the Vice Chairman of Workforce Development and Education for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer at Idle Hour Country Club, a member of the Macon Civic Club and a member of Turning Point at Mabel White Baptist Church

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