Bartow Morgan Jr
Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Banking Company
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Industry: Commercial Banking
Bartow Morgan Jr. is a fifth-generation banker with roots that stem from his great-great-grandfather who founded BrandBank in 1905. Taking over the helm as CEO in 1994, Morgan Jr. continued the family tradition and raised $200 million in new capital. By 2021, he raised $180 million in capital, the largest transaction of its kind in the country in the last five years, and acquired Georgia Banking Company.
“Bartow is well-respected for his banking pedigree and knowledge of Atlanta’s business community, making him an undeniable Titan of his industry,” said his colleagues. “There is a huge chasm between the national banks and the locally-based banks which Georgia Banking Company seeks to fill for underserved communities.”
Georgia Banking Company is a full-service, locally owned, commercial community bank headquartered in Atlanta. The team of veteran Atlanta bankers are focused on leveraging technology to deliver an exceptional service experience to meet the needs of growing businesses and private banking clients.
“Bartow is the architect behind growing Georgia Banking Company into a super-community banking institution by expanding services and locations,” said his staff. “GBC was built to fill a significant void in the Atlanta market for a locally-owned bank to meet the needs of the community.”
Under his leadership, the firm was awarded the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Family Enterprise Center award honoring Georgia family businesses and was named a Top Place to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The success has been a team effort, according to Morgan Jr.
“Experienced management with deep relationships among local business and community leaders, new seasoned bank executives and experienced independent board members are strategically reshaping GBC into a local, sophisticated and scalable community bank platform,” Morgan Jr. said.
Morgan Jr. has also been a staple in the community, and his contributions have not gone unnoticed. He was recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as a Top 40 Under 40, currently serves as a member of the American Korean Friendship Society and a board member of the Buckhead Coalition in addition to several other organizations.
Morgan believes the only way to remain influential in the banking industry is to be involved and give back. He also embraces the lessons he has learned as a leader. “The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to align all the employees’ goals inside the company,” said Morgan Jr. “This leads to overall success.”
For his keen eye for success and employee empowerment, Morgan Jr. has been named a Titan.
Bartow enjoys stepping out of his CEO role and into the kitchen. Sharing the experience of a great meal and interesting conversation with family and friends is the creative outlet that balances his role as a busy executive leader.