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South Georgia Banking Company congratulates Dale McGriff on his retirement after 50 years in the banking industry. McGriff, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at SGBC, previously served as the bank’s Chief Credit Officer and was responsible for overseeing policy and loan administration for all seven of the bank’s branches. As both a leader at SGBC and in the community, Dale served both well during his career.
He began his career with C&S Bank in Tifton in 1970, moving to South Georgia Banking Company in 1992. A long-time member of the Georgia Bankers Association, he served as chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association Credit Committee as well as on the Board of Trustees of the Southeastern School of Consumer Credit and the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending. He was selected by Fidelity Information Services (FIS) to represent community banks on their Senior Management Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. McGriff is also a past president of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the Tifton Kiwanis club, a past member of the Tifton-Tift County Airport Authority and a member of the Tifton Rotary Club.
A graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Valdosta State College, and the Georgia Banking School in Athens, McGriff also has an impressive track record in the Georgia Air National Guard. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the 224th Joint Communication Support Squadron with the Georgia Air National Guard in 1995 with 24 years of service. McGriff served as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Quality Control for the Squadron; during that time, the 224th became the first ever National Guard unit to receive the Annual Department of Defense Maintenance Effectiveness Award. He also was selected as Senior NCO of the Year for the 224th JCSS in 1995 and received The Meritorious Service Medal.
“Dale is an extraordinary person and his contributions to our bank, as well as to the banking industry, are significant. His leadership and insight will be sorely missed at our bank,” said Glenn Willis, president and CEO of South Georgia Banking Company. “Even though his focus was always on our customers, Dale didn’t stop with being a leader at work. He understood the value of serving in volunteer roles in our community and serving with the Georgia Air National Guard. His commitment to doing his part to make Tifton and banking better leaves big shoes to fill.”
Dale resides in Tifton with his wife, Van, and will no doubt enjoy spending time with his children and their families in his newly found free time. The entire SGBC family congratulates Dale on his many years of outstanding service to SGBC and we thank him for his tireless commitment to our bank and our customers.