For locals. By locals. From Tradition to Innovation – History and Future

Digital Banking

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Our Team

Experienced bankers with a passion for the community.

Gail Baker
VP, Operations Manager
BSA Officer

Gail has 30+ years of experience with various roles in banking including, International banking; Branch Banking-Teller, Customer Service, Branch Manager; Consumer, Residential, and Commercial lending; CRA officer; Business Development and County President.  “Phew that’s a lot – obviously I started my career when I was 10!  I am so thrilled to be back working with such an amazing team here at Barwick Banking Company!!”

Rebecca Beaty

Rebecca has been in banking for four years, all with Barwick Banking Company. This has led her to pursue a degree in accounting. She is a mother of two children, and spends most of her free time enjoying activities (kids’ sports, camping, etc.) with her husband and children.

Marie Brasington

Marie was hired by Fred Jones, past CEO of Barwick Banking Company in 1981, when everything in the bank was manual.  She remembers using the 10 key posting machine to post paper checks.   This was when they would wait for the courier to pick up the checks at the bank and take them to the airport in Thomasville, GA, to be delivered to the Federal Reserve in Atlanta.   “Things are a lot different now, and mostly I really do consider myself lucky to work with very nice coworkers and living close to work is nice too.”  Marie travels to Keaton Beach, FL every weekend with her husband Glen.  They enjoy fishing, riding on their airboat and grilling on the sandbar.

Chantell Stonecypher

Chantell has five years in banking as a teller, she was previously a school librarian.  She is a graduate of Berrien County High School, Nashville, GA and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education from Valdosta State University.  “I’m a proud Pastor’s Wife, Mama of three sons, and YaYa of four grands.”

Jim Bange

Jim has been in banking for over 30 years, but his most rewarding time was starting a community bank in 2008.  “I loved working with the team there.  We got through a tough economy and built a great bank”.   “The great thing about Barwick Banking Company is that many of our team members are working together again.  That, coupled with the amazing existing people at Barwick, I am looking forward to the future.”   Jim and his wife Kelley have a blended family with four children, Jamie 24, Tanner 22, Abby 19, and Taylor 15.  Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Kelley, together they enjoy the beach, boating, and traveling.

Chad Bowling

Chad has been in banking for over 22 years. He began his banking career as a teller at SouthTrust bank and has held a variety of positions with experience on both the retail and commercial side of the business. Chad currently serves on the Board of the St. Augustine YMCA and is a Member of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine. Chad’s favorite aspect of banking is being able to apply a common sense approach to find a solution that will serve the various needs in the community. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, boating, sports and he loves to travel.

Corey Gibbs
VP, Lending Officer

Corey has been in banking for 8.5 years, started out as a teller and has worked in every position for at least some period of time to have general training. Corey is a fitness junky and loves anything outdoors. He enjoys offshore fishing and spending time with family. “I love being part of a close knit community and this job allows me to build those types of relationships with people.”

Mark Chastain
EVP, Chief Lending Officer

Mark began his banking career in 1991 in a corporate training program for a large regional bank in Orlando after graduation from the University of Florida.  He has been a loan officer for various regional and community banks for the past 29 years.  He enjoys golf, exercising on the beach, and spending time with his wife, Mara, and their three children ages 19, 16, and 15.  “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our business customers succeed through partnering with our Bank.”

John Hodas
EVP, Chief Financial Officer

John has 35 years of professional experience with the majority of that time spent as a Chief Financial Officer in banking.   He played a lead role in forming a community bank in 2000 that ended up selling to a regional financial institution in 2012.  Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Connie, and their 3 children staying active in the outdoors.  John and Connie also enjoy riding their motorcycle exploring the rural areas of Florida.

Christina Zdunek
VP, Loan Operations

Christina has worked in Banking for 18 years, 15 of that has been with community banks.  She appreciates the home town feel community banks have with their customers and employees have with their co-workers.  She’s been a teller, member service representative, teller supervisor loan administrator, and is currently the loan operations manager.  “I love working with the team at Barwick Banking Company and have worked with many of them for eight years, I feel lucky to work with such wonderful people.  On my down time I love spending time with family & friends on the water.”

Our History

We are at the heart of the community – Community Service, Investing in our towns.

From Tradition to Innovation…

What began as a dream of some local families to bring banking to their town, continues to this day.

The City of Barwick was incorporated in 1903 following establishment of a Railroad Station.  Shortly thereafter the Bank of Barwick opened in 1907 and was owned 50% by local individuals and 50% by the Witham Banking Company of Atlanta.  Witham provided advise, check clearing, cash orders and examinations and audits.  One of the early bank directors was the wife of a local doctor, she was one of the only female bank directors in the state at that time.

In 1939 the bank became Citizens Banking Company and served the local merchants and farmers.  It was operated as an Exchange Bank and charged for deposits and withdrawals.  It was owned by C.R. Simmons, Sr., Mrs. W.R. Thrasher and Strozier S. Humphreys.  All were local merchants.  In 1946 C. R. Simmons, Jr. purchased the interest of Mrs. Thrasher and Mr. Humphreys and he and his father continued to operate the bank until 1967.

In 1967 the bank was purchased 50% by five local businessmen and 50% by a banking family from Moultrie, GA, who had interest in other area community banks.  The name was changed to Barwick Banking Company.  In the 70’s the bank became 100% locally owned.  Fred Jones was appointed President in 1979 and continues to serve on the board of directors today.

During Mr. Jones’s tenure as President he helped usher in a new technological era for the bank, including a computer system and in-house processing.

In December 2019 a group of businessmen from St. Augustine, Florida purchased a majority interest in the bank, while continuing to have local ownership.

This year the bank plans on upgrading it’s operating systems, introducing debit cards, digital banking, and mortgage services, all while keeping people and decisions local.

“For Locals, By Locals means a lot to us as a bank”, says CEO Jim Bange.  “We are committed to Barwick and to bringing the latest technology to our customers.   We want to be known as a small bank with all the services you can receive at a big bank.   Our employees are key to that and will continue to help you every day, right here in Barwick and beyond.”

Our Board

Leaders in the community. 

Ken Kresge, Chairman – St. Augustine, FL

Jim Bange, CEO – Flagler Beach, FL

Mac McLeod – St. Augustine, FL

Chad Bowling, President – St. Augustine, FL

Marie Brasington, Cashier – Pavo, GA

Edwin Pope – Barwick, GA

Eugene Butler – Barwick, GA

Bill Gray – Atlanta, GA

Breck Sloan – St. Augustine, FL

Ben Jones – Barwick, GA

Fred Jones – Barwick, GA


A reputation for consistently rising above the occasion. 

I have worked with Corey Gibbs for around six years now, and when the pandemic hit, it affected a lot of small businesses.  I called Corey, and he and Barwick Banking Company came through with a PPP loan and helped me keep my employees working.  In a time when big banks are busy taking care of big businesses, it’s good to know bankers like Corey, and banks like Barwick Banking Company are around to help when you need it most.

Matt Carter

Owner/Operator, Carter’s Catfish House, Carter’s Catering and Carter’s Fried Chicken, Adel, GA

The management team at Barwick Banking Company have been impactful partners for me and my businesses for more than 10 years.  Their accessibility, flexibility, and command of business objectives have had a positive influence on the businesses and we look forward to a continued successful partnership for years to come.  I wouldn’t consider banking with anyone other than the team at Barwick Banking Company.

Josh Fogarty

Owner/Operator, Tijuana Flats Daytona Beach, FL (#9 store nationwide) and Orange City, FL (#1 store nationwide)

I have been banking with Marie and Barwick Banking Company for many years.  It’s so nice to walk into a bank where everybody knows your name and they can take care of your banking.  That’s a big difference between the bigger banks and Barwick Banking Company - The people and personal service.

Rick Nix

Owner/Operator, Nix Automotive, Pavo, GA