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Cadence Bank Recognizes Entrepreneur of the Year at University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach Awards Luncheon

Cadence Bank continues State Bank’s longstanding relationship with Small Business Development Center by sponsoring award

ATLANTA, April 24, 2019 — Cadence Bank, N.A., the operating subsidiary of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE), in collaboration with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (“SBDC”), recently recognized Will Harris as Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2019 Public Service and Outreach awards luncheon. Harris is a fourth-generation cattleman and owner of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia.


The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is sponsored by Cadence Bank, and recognizes a company that has exhibited significant growth in business, benefitted from a variety of formal learning opportunities through the SBDC, and served as a public advocate of business ownership. The award was presented to Harris by Alan Thomes, managing director of SBA Banking at Cadence Bank.


“Hardworking entrepreneurs like Will Harris launch new enterprises, create jobs and fuel economic growth in our state. Cadence Bank is proud to recognize his contributions to Georgia’s agricultural and agritourism industries with this well-deserved award,” said Thomes. “We’re also honored to continue a longstanding sponsorship with the SBDC, which began in 2013. We’re committed to supporting Georgia’s business owners through our collective efforts with the SBDC and the University of Georgia, and look forward to offering tools and solutions to keep small businesses financially healthy for years to come.” Harris became a client of the SBDC over a decade ago. Working the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866, Harris now operates the farm in nearly the same way as his ancestors, after transforming his industrial farm into one of the largest grass-fed, pasture-raised livestock operations in the country. Harris has expanded his operation to include on-property cabins for agritourism. He also recently opened his own general store, the first retail store to open in Bluffton in more than 40 years. Additionally, Harris hosts researchers from across the country to study the multi-species grazing practices utilized at White Oak Pastures, while also making himself available to speak with visiting individuals and groups to share his farming methods and business experience.


About Cadence Bank


Cadence Bank is a regional bank with $17.6 billion in total pro forma assets for the combined Cadence Bancorporation and State Bank Financial Corporation as of December 31, 2018, and 98 branch locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Backed by 131 years of financial expertise, Cadence provides corporations, middle-market companies, small businesses and consumers with a full range of innovative banking and financial solutions. Services and products include commercial and business banking, treasury management, specialized lending, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, SBA lending, foreign exchange, wealth management, investment and trust services, financial planning, retirement plan management, business insurance, consumer banking, consumer loans, mortgages, home equity lines and loans, and credit cards. Clients have access to leading-edge online and mobile solutions, interactive teller machines, and more than 55,000 ATMs. The Cadence team of 1,800 associates is committed to exceeding customer expectations and helping their clients succeed financially. Cadence Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE). For additional information, visit Cadence Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS#525022.





Danielle Kernell

Cadence Bank

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