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Brand Mortgage opens new location in Buckhead

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Brand Mortgage, which is a division of Gwinnett's Brand Banking Company, opened a "marquee" location in the former Georgian Bank Building in Buckhead.

About 30 staffers, including Vice President and Branch Manager Dean Mellon, moved into the second floor office at 3328 Peachtree Road.

"We've been ready to enhance our presence in this market for some time. Moving our operations to premium space in a class A building really speaks to our commitment to serving the community," Mellon said.

The mortgage company grew 150 percent by loan volume and employees from May 2009 to May 2010 and now employs 129 employees in offices in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

"Our growth is the direct result of being locally owned and managed," said Greg Shumate, president of Brand Mortgage. "We are part of a 105-year-old community bank that provides a strong and reliable funding stream. ... We're a true mortgage lender, not just a broker. Our industry's delivery system has changed dramatically, so having the strength of the community banking platform has been a real point of differentiation for us."