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Regions fills Decatur president vacancy

By Eric Fleischauer ∑ 340-2435

Regions Bank has promoted Tom McCrary to city president for the Decatur Alabama Bank, an area that encompasses nine branches.

The vacancy came when former city president David Mathews and several others left the bank Jan. 24, moving to Bank Independent.

Bruce Pylant, the city president of AmSouth Bank — part of Regions since a recent merger — left the bank Jan. 19.

Mathews had been Decatur city president at Regions since May 2005 and with the bank for 17 years.

He is president of the Decatur area, which includes Hartselle and Moulton, at Bank Independent.

McCrary is a Decatur native with more than 20 years experience in the financial industry.

He started his career with Regions Bank in 1987 as a branch manager and since that time has held positions including senior vice president, executive vice president and, most recently, president of Limestone County.

McCrary is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a bachelorís in business administration and a masterís in financial planning and counseling.

He also graduated from the Louisiana State University Banking School program and is a 1970 graduate of Austin High School.

McCrary serves on the board of directors for Athens-Limestone County United Way.

AmSouthís main Decatur branch — on Lee Street, one block from Regionsí main branch — has been on the market since shortly after the merger, according to several banking sources.

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