Dr. Ken Davis, Chairman of Heritage First Bancshares Inc., announces that Ryan P. Earnest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage First Bank, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University.
Says Davis: “On behalf of the Boards of Heritage First Bank, Heritage First Bancshares Inc., and our officers and staff, we are proud to make this announcement of Mr. Earnest’s election to this distinguished board. The Board of Trustees manages the prestigious Graduate School of Banking, which is sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations, in
cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU. Over 15,000 executives have successfully completed this program, which is held each spring on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
“Mr. Earnest’s presence on this board is an honor for our bank and for the entire state of Georgia. This role will allow him to continue his efforts to educate and train future generations of bankers. We are proud of Ryan’s extraordinary leadership and service to Heritage First Bank, our community, and the banking industry as a whole. He has been a primary
contributor to the success of our company, and we know that with his leadership the bank will continue to grow and succeed in the future.”
Earnest received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from West Georgia College in Carrollton in 1990 and is a graduate of the LSU Graduate School of Banking in Baton Rouge.
Active in the community, he is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Rome and currently serves on the board of the Rome-Floyd Chamber, is xhairman of the Floyd Healthcare Foundation, chairman of the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation, Secretary and Treasurer of the Development Authority of Floyd County, the YMCA Board of Trustees, and is a member
and former Director of Seven Hills Rotary Club. He previously served as president of the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth.
Earnest and his wife, Susan, have one son, Carson, who is currently a second year Industrial and Systems engineering student at Georgia Tech.