Freddie Deutsch has served as Signature Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 2005 and is responsible for the company’s leadership, growth, profitability, and management. Freddie, who also serves on our board of directors, acquired his BBA in Marketing from Mercer University in 1987 and his MBA from Brenau University in 1994. He has Professional Licensing in Series 7 and 66 as well as Life and Health Insurance. Beginning his career with Wachovia Bank, N.A. in Atlanta in 1987, Freddie served in several leadership positions with Wachovia until 2001, when he accepted the position of Senior Vice President/Atlanta Retail Executive for SouthTrust Bank. He left SouthTrust Bank to form Signature Bank, where today he brings over 28 years of banking experience to the table. In the community, Freddie has served as Treasurer for Leadership Sandy Springs. He also graduated from Leadership Sandy Springs in 2006.
A Certified Public Accountant, Stevie Vickers has served as Signature Bank’s Chief Financial Officer since we began in 2005. Stevie’s additional oversight responsibilities include Information Systems, and Loan Operations. Prior to joining Signature Bank, she served as Divisional Controller with UPS Capital, Atlanta, Georgia, from December 2001 through September 2005. Prior to that, Stevie was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Beach First National Bank, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Vice President for Product Development of Coastal Federal Savings Bank, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Stevie’s extensive banking experience includes operations, audits, finance, accounting, and spans over 28 years. She is an avid volunteer for various animal welfare organizations.
Charles Hoag leads the bank’s portfolio management team and manages our Special Assets portfolio, along with various administrative duties. He has 23 years of banking experience, having started his career with First Atlanta/Wachovia in 1988 soon after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming. At Wachovia, Charles held a variety of positions in Operations, Trust, Retail, and Corporate Banking. In 2002, he joined SouthTrust Bank in Atlanta, where he was a Regional Manager, responsible for a cluster of financial centers and over 100 employees. Charles joined Signature Bank in 2005.
Rebecca Abraham, a University of Michigan graduate, has over 30 years of expertise spanning from credit management, loan administration, compliance and wealth management lending and sales. She has worked in large regional and community bank environments and prior to joining Signature in February of 2018, she served as Chief Credit Officer for a highly regarded community bank based in Atlanta. As Chief Credit and Risk Officer, Rebecca is responsible for the oversight and to ensure adherence to the bank’s credit and risk policies. She is tasked with assessing and mitigating significant competitive, regulatory and technological threats to the bank’s capital and earnings. Rebecca works closely with the credit and production teams to ensure the safety and soundness of the loan portfolio.
Reagin has nearly 25 years of banking expertise in commercial lending and sales management. Having worked for both large regional and community bank environments through the years, Reagin began his banking career with Bank of America as a VP and Business Development Officer with the Commercial Finance group in 1994. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance, Reagin is also a 2009 graduate of the LSU School of Banking. As Chief Lending Officer, Reagin has overall responsible for the lending function of the bank to include: day to day sales management and client engagement.
Daniel Baker’s banking experience began in 1998 in branch management and he moved into the commercial lending sector in 2003. He is a 1998 graduate of Kennesaw State University in Business and Management, UGA’s State Banking School in 2003 and Stonier National Graduate School of Banking in 2009. In addition to serving as Senior Business Development Officer, Daniel serves as Market Executive concentrating on loan portfolio growth in North Fulton and Forsyth counties. Daniel joined the bank in July of 2018.
David Perlis serves as the Bank’s Managing Director of Retail Banking and Treasury Services Officer. David manages the day to day operations of the financial center, business development efforts and the sales and services responsibilities. He also works with the Bank’s business clients in handcrafting the ideal banking relationship for their company and it’s key players as well. With over 28 years of banking experience in Metro Atlanta, David is able to craft and manage banking relationships designed with carefully selected loan, deposit, & cash management products for a clients in a wide variety of industries. David earned a BA in Economics from the University of Georgia and joined Signature Bank in 2005.
Debi joined the bank as Director of Deposit Operations in August of 2005 and also serves as the Bank’s Security Officer. Her Operations career began in 1997 and since that time Debi continually pursues training to stay abreast of the most efficient and compliant methods to conduct business and protect the bank and clients. Debi attended the Georgia Bankers Operations and Technology School, Atlanta Emergency Preparedness Institute and the FBI Citizens Academy. She monitors and maintains deposit operations policies and procedures and works closely with all segments of the bank to ensure compliance and security.
Lawanna Saxon serves as Managing Director of Marketing and Client Experience. Lawanna has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, predominantly in marketing, advertising and public relations. Her career development experience also includes retail branch management, e-products, executive administration and loan processing. Her job focus includes strategic and tactical responsibilities for marketing, brand development, sales and service and performance measurements and analytics. Lawanna joined the bank in March of 2016.
Tareasa Harrell has been in the banking industry for 28 years with concentration primarily in leadership and production roles within the Government Guaranteed Lending segment. Harrell has extensive knowledge of the various SBA and USDA lending programs. She directs the overall Government Guaranteed Lending segment for the Bank. Tareasa joined the bank in September of 2018.