The Bank That Backs Your Business

Your business started as an idea. Formed in your gut. Grown with fortitude.

No matter what stage your business is in now, you need a bank that understands you. One that is excited to support your goals and success.

You need an experienced banker to call when you have questions. One that knows you by name who can help you troubleshoot problems and provide real-time answers.

You need a bank that makes decisions locally. One from your community and treats you like a neighbor, not a number.

You need a bank that has your back. We’re here to bring the relationship back to banking.

Core Values

Go The Extra Mile

We put others at the center of everything we do, we endeavor to serve our customers and support our co-workers in all we do.

Challenge The Status Quo

We’re rethinking the way that banking is done, ushering in new ideas to help others thrive.

Work As A Team

We work collaboratively as a team towards our vision and shared goals.

Guide With Thoughtful Expertise

We leverage our experience to resource and guide our customers towards their ultimate goal.

Be Positive And Hospitable

We engage with optimism, fun and a welcoming spirit, giving everyone a place to belong and to flourish.

Invest In The Community

We care for our communities, knowing that involvement is critical to supporting and strengthening our local markets.

Go The Extra Mile.

We put others at the center of everything we do, we endeavor to serve our customers and support our co-workers in all we do.

Challenge The Status Quo.

We’re rethinking the way that banking is done, ushering in new ideas to help others thrive.

Work As A Team.

We work collaboratively as a team towards our vision and shared goals.

Guide With Thoughtful Expertise.

We leverage our experience to resource and guide our customers towards their ultimate goal.

Be Positive And Hospitable.

We engage with optimism, fun and a welcoming spirit, giving everyone a place to belong and to flourish.

Invest In The Community.

We care for our communities, knowing that involvement is critical to supporting and strengthening our local markets.

Our Leadership Team

Greg Autrey

Greg Autrey

Commercial Banking

Deon Coombs

Deon Coombs

Senior Credit Analyst

Weare Gratwick

Weare Gratwick

Peachtree Corners Market President & Commercial Banking

Melanie Hulsey

Melanie Hulsey

Deposit Operations

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Controller

Michael Keller

Michael Keller

Chief Credit Officer

Barry Marlin

Barry Marlin

Commercial Banking

Juanita Marzette

Juanita Marzette

Branch Manager & Consumer Lending​

Misty Palmer

Misty Palmer

Business Development Officer

Kellie Pressnall

Kellie Pressnall

Chief Financial Officer

Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Loan Operations & Administration

Steven Smith

Steven Smith

Chief Banking Officer

Kirk Su

Kirk Sunarth

Treasury Services

Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh

Decatur Market President & Commercial Banking

Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis

Business Development Officer

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Anu Vashishat

Senior Credit Analyst

Greg Autrey

Commercial Banking

Greg Autrey

Greg has 40 years of experience in the banking industry with a focus on Commercial and Industrial lending. He began his career in 1979 with the Citizens and Southern National Bank where he completed his commercial credit school training and traveled the Southeastern middle market. During his career, he worked at several banks and developed relationships with clients in the small, mid and large corporate markets of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. He also worked with a number of community banks, having helped start a new community bank in Decatur as the Executive Vice President and Senior Lender.

Mr. Autrey graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Business. He has served on the DeKalb Medical Center Foundation Board, the DeKalb Library Foundation Board and Finance Committee of the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

NMLS #761948

Deon Coombs

Senior Credit Analyst

Deon Coombs

Deon works with the bank’s Commercial Relationship Managers and Chief Credit Officer to get loans underwritten and approved. She focuses on building and maintaining strong, ongoing relationships between the bank and its customers, by understanding the people and businesses behind the financial statements. Prior to joining Tandem Bank, Deon worked in a similar capacity at CenterState Bank, Charter Bank, Resurgens Bank and Bank of North Georgia over the past 16 years, all within the Tucker/Northlake area.

Deon has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and an Associate degree in Accounting from Berkeley College in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, walking in the parks and especially hiking up Stone Mountain. She is an active member of Victory Church in Norcross where she volunteers with a variety of groups.

NMLS #1040800

Charles DeWitt

Chairman & CEO

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Charles is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Tandem Bank. Previously, he served as founding CEO of Resurgens Bank, which opened in 2008 and sold to Charter Financial Corp in 2017.

Charles has 30 years in the banking industry, and has experience in many aspects of banking including retail, commercial lending, capital markets and investment banking. His banking experience began in college and, after graduating, entered the SunTrust Bank commercial training program in Atlanta and served in branches and commercial centers. He later gained experience in capital markets with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He has served on the boards of Northlake Community Alliance, Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District, Intown Community School Foundation and St. Pius X Catholic School Athletic Association.

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Weare Gratwick

Peachtree Corners Market President & Commercial Banking

Weare Gratwick

Weare is responsible for serving and developing commercial and personal relationships for the bank. Weare started his career at Trust Company Bank and has been in commercial and real estate banking in the Atlanta market for over 30 years. He is an active member of the Peachtree Corners/Gwinnett community, currently serving as Mayor Pro-Tem on the Peachtree Corners City Council, Chair of the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber, Chair-Elect of the Steering Committee for Leadership Gwinnett and is a member of the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club.

Weare is committed to providing the highest level of personal service and utilizing his experience to serve the bank’s clients.

Melanie Hulsey

Deposit Operations

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Melanie has more than 26 years in the banking industry with a primary focus on Deposit and Branch Operations. She began her career in 1993 with Nations Bank as a Customer Service Representative. During her career she has worked at several community banks including Resurgens Bank in Atlanta, and most recently as Vice President of Deposit and Branch Operations for Georgia Primary Bank in Buckhead.

Chris Lee

Controller

Chris Lee

Chris brings over 20 years of banking experience to his role as Controller.  He has worked in community banks of various sizes with emphasis in accounting, financial reporting and IT. Chris graduated from Georgia State University with an MBA in accounting.

Michael Keller

Chief Credit Officer

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Michael has 29 years of experience in the banking industry with a focus on credit risk management and enterprise risk management. He began his career in 1990 with the FDIC in Tampa, Florida and earned his commissioned bank examiner title while examining banks in both the Tampa and Atlanta field offices.

During his career, Mr. Keller has performed loan review consulting work for a broad variety of community and regional banks mainly across the Southeastern US. He has also worked in a number of community banks in both risk management and credit risk management roles, including most recently as the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk/Credit Officer for Private Bank of Buckhead in Atlanta.

Mr. Keller graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a BS degree in Finance. He has also been very active within his community volunteering for many non-profit organizations such as Hands on Atlanta, Decatur Business Association, Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Women’s Day Shelter, and Starlight/Starbright Children’s Foundation.

Barry Marlin

Commercial Banking

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Barry has 23 years of experience in the banking industry, all in Metro Atlanta. He began his career with NationsBank in the late 1990s and has worked with several community banks since 2007. His primary focus is on Commercial and Industrial lending as well as Commercial Real Estate.

Mr. Marlin graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Finance. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Woodlands Garden of Decatur as Treasurer and also spends time volunteering for Autism Speaks and Habitat For Humanity. Barry is a recent graduate of Leadership Dekalb (Class of 2020). He lives in Gwinnett County with his wife Samantha and daughter Anabelle.

Juanita Marzette

Branch Manager & Consumer Lending

Juanita has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. She found her passion for banking and building strong customer relationships early in her career with Peoples Bank and Trust in Selma, Alabama. Since relocating to Georgia, and through multiple acquisitions, she has worked at several Metro Atlanta community banks. Juanita has always provided a distinctive touch that makes a difference for the customers.

She is proud to have the ability to help others and the community thrive. She has been active in her community and has volunteered in various events and activities through the years.

In her spare time, Juanita enjoys crafting, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Misty Palmer

Business Development Officer

Misty Palmer

Misty brings over 20 years of experience with the banking industry in relationship banking. She is responsible for initiating the client experience as well as assisting in the development of the bank’s marketing. During her career she has worked with several community banks in the Sugarloaf, Decatur, and Tucker markets. Prior to joining Tandem Bank, Misty most recently held the position of Branch Manager in Decatur.

She volunteers with Gwinnett County Public Schools, March of Dimes, and the American Cancer Society.

Kellie Pressnall

Chief Financial Officer

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Kellie has been in banking, specifically community banking, her entire career which started in 2000 at North Atlanta National Bank, a De Novo bank in Alpharetta. Kellie held various roles within the accounting and financial reporting department as well as deposit operations, and eventually becoming the Controller. Upon the sale of North Atlanta National Bank in 2007, Kellie joined another Atlanta denovo bank, Touchmark National Bank, as the Controller. She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President in 2013 and held the position until her departure in May 2020.

Kellie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a BBA in Finance.

Heather Smith

Loan Operations & Administration

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Heather has over 27 years in the banking industry with a primary focus in loan operations, loan administration, reporting and loan compliance. She began her career in 1992 with Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor, Maine in residential mortgage lending. For the last 20 years of her career, Ms. Smith has been primarily tasked with managing the overall lending operation in both community and regional banks. She has extensive knowledge in loan compliance and consumer, commercial and construction loans.

This will be her 3rd opportunity to open a newly formed bank, previously with Resurgens Bank in Atlanta and TransCapital Bank in South Florida. Heather’s most recent position was Vice President of Loan Services Data Integrity and Compliance for CenterState Bank.

Steven Smith

Chief Banking Officer

Steven Smith
Steven brings 30 years of banking experience to his role as Chief Banking Officer. Steven has had the pleasure of serving in many roles over his years in the banking industry, with his most recent roles being President, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Branch Administration, and Chief Credit Officer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and began his career with a community Bank in Dothan, Alabama before being recruited to a community bank in north Georgia. Steven is a past Rotarian, Kiwanian and has served on many boards over the years.

Kirk Sunarth

Treasury Services

Kirk Sunarth

Kirk leads Tandem’s Treasury Services efforts and works hard to customize and streamline our process to meet your needs. He has over 26 years in the banking industry with primary focus in Treasury Management, Operations, Sales and Customer Service. He started his banking career in 1993 with CIBC Jamaica in branch operations and customer service. For the last 16 years he has focused on Digital Banking and Treasury Services with both community and regional banks.

Kirk enjoys traveling and playing soccer in his spare time.

Pat Walsh

Decatur Market President & Commercial Banking

Pat Walsh

Pat has 30 years of experience in the banking industry with a focus on business development and relationship management. He began his career in 1990 in Michigan working for what is now PNC Bank before moving to Atlanta in 1995 to work for SunTrust Bank. At SunTrust, Pat worked in the Commercial Banking Group where he focused on C&I lending, and later helped form the Dealer Services Group which focused on floorplan lending and providing treasury management products and services targeted to automobile dealerships.

In 2006, Mr. Walsh started his community banking career with Midtown Bank & Trust, where he worked until joining Resurgens Bank in 2009. At Resurgens, Pat concentrated on in-town construction and development lending and was part of a team that, in 2016, opened a Decatur branch/office. Mr. Walsh worked through two acquisitions which ultimately rooted him at CenterState Bank in 2018, where he stayed until Tandem Bank opened its doors in September 2019.

Mr. Walsh graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA degree in Economics and from Western Michigan University with an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance. Pat is the Treasurer for the Decatur Arts Alliance, and is currently the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Capital Partners Community Development Corporation. He is also an active volunteer for many events in his hometown of Decatur where he resides with his wife and two children.

Wendy Willis

Business Development Officer

Wendy Willis

Wendy is responsible for developing and serving relationships for the bank, as well as providing marketing advisement. She is committed to providing the highest level of personal service to Tandem’s clients and her community. She is an active member of the Peachtree Corners/Gwinnett community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries, the Executive Board of the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and the Northside Hospital Women’s Leadership Council. Wendy is on the Leadership Team for the Sugarloaf Rotary Club and is a member of the University of Tennessee Women in Philanthropy.

Prior to joining Tandem Bank, Wendy held the positions of Director of Missions & Connections at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church, Community Outreach Coordinator at Perimeter Church, as well as Membership & Marketing Manager for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. She currently volunteers as a mentor in Gwinnett County Public Schools, Junior Achievement, and serves as a partner in childhood hunger relief for Action Ministries, Rise Against Hunger and Project Kids Eat.