Mr. Bateman is President and CEO of LaGrange Banking Company. He has returned to Troup County having been with Flag Bank here in 2002-2004. A graduate of Valdosta State University, Mr. Bateman worked for SunTrust Bank following college. He served as the Chief Credit Officer of the State Bank of Cochran (Ga.) and as a regional credit officer for Flag Bank for more than 6 years. He is a member of the LaGrange Lions Club and served as the President for the Troup/Chambers County Habitat for Humanity during 2010-11.  Currently, Mr. Bateman is serving on the finance committee of First United Methodist Church and on the Community Bankers Association Leadership Division Board of Directors.