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Georgia Bankers Association honors Robert F. Hatcher for 50 years of distinguished service.
MidCountry Financial Corp. chief executive recognized at GBA's annual convention.

MACON, Ga. (06-30-11) When MidCountry Financial Corp. President and CEO Bob Hatcher got his first job in banking, he had no idea where it would lead. It was, after all, just a summer position in the mailroom at First National Bank (now Sun Trust), but it set the stage for what has become five decades in the banking industry, with Hatcher growing from that mailroom position, to teller, all the way to president of an award-winning bank holding company.

This commitment was recently recognized when Hatcher received an award from the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) in recognition of his distinguished service and leadership to the Georgia banking industry. The award was presented at the GBA's annual convention in Atlanta, Ga., June 20, 2011.

"I am honored and humbled by this recognition from the GBA," said Hatcher. "When I started in the banking industry, I quickly realized that I wanted to learn every aspect of the business, particularly our industry's ability to assist individuals and the communities we serveā€”I truly enjoyed being able to help people get loans to start a business or build a home, and learned the importance of customer service, corporate values and ethics, and giving back to the community."

MidCountry Financial Corp. recently received a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, which Bob attributes to the company's focus on five core values of fairness, integrity, honesty, excellence, and compassion.

"Perhaps the most important thing I've learned through the years is that people are a company's most important asset, and living core values every day is part of that effort," said Hatcher. "Hire the right people, and have them do the right things, and an organization will have success."