The chairman and CEO of Gwinnett Community Bank in Duluth has been recognized for 50 years of service to the community banking industry.
Tom Martin was recently honored by the Community Bankers Association of Georgia.
“It’s an honor to recognize the men and women who have served the banking needs of their respective communities throughout their distinguished careers,” Rob Braswell, president and CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia, said in a news release. “Our state is very fortunate to have so many dedicated community bankers reach these impressive milestones.”
Martin started his banking career in 1963 at The Bank of Duluth and was named president of that bank at the age of 28. When The Bank of Duluth merged with Fulton National Bank in 1980, Martin was named president of The Bank of the South, Gwinnett Region. In 1983, Martin left that position to charter Citizens Bank of Gwinnett. After selling that bank to Premier Bank in 1997, in January 1999, he formed Gwinnett Community Bank, serving as chairman and CEO.
According to the news release, Martin’s banking career has resulted in more than a billion dollars in the development and improvement of small businesses, personal residences, roadways and infrastructure in Gwinnett County.
Martin is a longtime board member of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Gwinnett Council for Quality Growth and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. He is one of the organizers and charter members of the Duluth Merchants Association and Duluth Rotary Club, serving as charter president. He has remained the No. 1 financial sponsor of the Duluth Fall Festival since its inception in 1983.