GBA Member Profile

Zach Sowell
Vice President
United Bank, Jackson, GA
At Large, 2022-2023 Leadership GBA Board of Directors

Q: What led you to a career in banking?
A: I always looked up to local bankers growing up. We had several good ones in my hometown of Waycross, GA. They were always at the forefront in the community, and I respected that. After graduating from college at Valdosta State University, I took a job with Wells Fargo in their consumer finance area hoping that might lead to a job in banking, community banking specifically. I was given that chance in 2007 and haven’t looked back.

Q: What is the most useful piece of advice you received in the early/formative years of your career?
A: When I think about a mentor, I have had many cross my path who have influenced my career. All of these men and women emphasized living and working by the Golden Rule and using honor, respect, and integrity as my foundation. The rest would take care of itself. One piece of advice I got early on from my friend and 40+ year banker, Pete Malone, will always stick. He said, “As you grow in the community, do your best to stay out of local politics! Remember that and it’ll be easier to position yourself to earn the business of all.” I’ve tried to implement these pillars and keep learning every day.

Q: Tell us about one experience you’ve had that exemplifies being a banker, such as a service story that really helped a customer or a quirky story.
A: Being a call away to help a customer in need is really at the core of what being a community banker means to me. One recent quirky call I got was to see if we had a copy of a driver’s license on file. A good customer and neighbor had lost hers while traveling out of state and needed it to rent a car upon arrival. She was stranded and so grateful we were willing to help.

Q: Top Three…

  • First tap/click of the day? WeatherBug. You’ve got to know the weather forecast, right?
  • Pet peeve? The color orange. Those that really know me at my core will understand this answer best.
  • TV show or series you love? Seinfeld is the best show ever.

Q: When you’re not on the job at the bank, what do you like to do?
A: Anything with family and close friends. I’d say attending live music and sporting events rank high up there specifically.