Key Events in History

 

1973

 

  • Clark E. Harrison, Clyde Shepherd, Jr., George Dillard, Jim Anderson, Oscar Coleman, Alice Shinall, and other leaders across the state had a dream of founding a DeKalb County based bank.
  • The Bank received its organizing certificate and offered stock.

1974

 

  • The Decatur Branch opened in a trailer at the corner of Clairemont & Commerce with the goal of being a statewide institution.
  • The Board of Directors, with the help of an advertising firm, selected the official symbol – the Lion’s Head.  It was chosen to signify Courage.  Our mascot, Courageous, earned his name at this time.

1976

  • Jim Miller joined the Bank as a Director – November 1976.

1977

  • Jim Miller became President – February 1977.  The bank assets stood at $6.5 million at this time.

1979

 

 

  • Our holding company, Fidelity Southern Corporation, was formed.
  • Jim Miller elected Director of Fidelity Southern Corporation – August 1979.
  • W. Clyde Shepherd, Jr. elected Director of Fidelity Southern Corporation – August 1979.
  • The Northlake Branch opened in a trailer.
  • Fidelity National Mortgage Corporation ( FNMC ), our first subsidiary, was formed.

1980

  • In May, the Northlake Branch moved to its current location in a freestanding building on Northlake Parkway.  This building also housed administrative staff and operations.
1981
  • The Peachtree Center Branch opened in January.
1982
  • The Sandy Springs Branch opened in December.
1983
  • Fidelity was granted Trust powers.
1984
  • The Roswell Branch opened in October.
  • The Buckhead Branch opened in December.
1985
  • The Dunwoody Branch opened in November.
1987
  • The A.L. Williams Affinity Card Program was started in Credit Cards.  This was a giant step forward in making our credit card business among the top 100 in the country.
  • Rankin M. Smith, Jr. elected Director of Fidelity Southern Corporation – April 1987, and Director of Fidelity Bank – May 1987.
1989
  • The Crabapple Branch opened in September.
  • Edward G. Bowen, M.D. elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – December 1989.
1992
  • Another subsidiary was formed – Fidelity National Capital Investors, Inc. – a full-service brokerage firm.
  • The Terrell Mill and Vinings Branches opened in March.

1993

  • Fidelity entered the Indirect Lending business with the creation of the Dealer Services department.
1994
  • Fidelity introduced its new Centennial Olympic Games Visa Card.
  • The Merchants Walk Branch opened in May.
  • The Perimeter Center Branch opened in July.
  • Fidelity began trading on NASDAQ on October 31, 1994, under the symbol “LION.”
1995
  • Mortgage, Construction Lending, and Dealer Services opened offices in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • The name of our holding company, Fidelity Southern Corporation, was changed to Fidelity National Corporation to better reflect our national market presence.
1996
  • The Toco Hills Branch opened in January.
  • The Canton Road Branch opened in March.
  • The Peachtree Corners Branch opened in April.
  • The Lawrenceville Branch opened in June.
  • The Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP) began, which allows investors to buy and sell our stock directly at a fraction of the cost of going through a broker.
  • The Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) also began this year.  It allows all employees, from day one, to own part of the company.
  • Operations, Credit Cards, Dealer Services, and Mortgage moved to Corporate Square.
  • Telephone Banking was created, which was a major strategic achievement.
1997
  • Major General (Ret) David R. Bockel elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – September 1997.
  • Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service went “live” in Telephone Banking.
1998
  • Kevin S. King elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – January 1998.
  • W. Clyde Shepherd, III elected Director of Fidelity Bank – February 1998.
  • The Perimeter West, River Exchange, and Southlake Branches were opened in June.
1999
  • The Company began an upgrade of technology to Office 2000 and the Windows NT platform.
  • FNMC was dissolved at the close of business on December 31, 1999, and the mortgage function folded into the operations of the Bank
2000
  • Internet Banking and Bill Pay were released to our customers and employees.
  • Fidelity’s Intranet site went online.
  • Email was implemented as another means of corporate communication.
  • Ecash, our Corporate Cash Management System, went online.
2001
  • An imaging project was completed for item processing & document retrieval.  In addition to many other benefits, this allowed us to offer our customers the capability of viewing a copy of their checks through Internet Banking.
  • Credit Cards were added to the account access allowed on Internet Banking.
  • Strategic alliance formed with Reliance Trust Company, which assumed the management and operations of the Bank's Trust business - effective December 1, 2001.
2002
  • Strategic alliance and sales agreement entered with NOVA Information Systems. 
  • The Terrell Mill and Vinings Branches moved to new locations.
  • W. Clyde Shepherd, III elected Director of Fidelity Southern Corporation – December 2002.
2003
  • Strategic alliance formed with Raymond James Financial Services to provide retail brokerage and other securities related services.
  • As of the close of business May 9, 2003, Fidelity National Corporation changed its name to Fidelity Southern Corporation, and Fidelity National Bank became a Georgia chartered bank with its name changed to Fidelity Bank.
  • The Peachtree Center Branch moved to a new location in September.
2004
  • H. Palmer Proctor, Jr. elected President and Director of Fidelity Bank and Director of Fidelity Southern Corporation – October 2004.
2005
  • Increased FSC stock dividend by 40% from $.05 to $.07 per share – January.
  • James H. Miller, III elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – June 2005.
  • Dissolved Fidelity National Capital Investors, Inc. - July
  • Went to Regional Branch structure, with four Regional Managers reporting to Head of Retail Banking – August.
  • Strengthened the SBA Lending function.
  • Fourth Quarter 2005 – had record earnings of $2,767,000.
  • Record earnings for year - $10,325,747.
2006
  • Increased FSC stock dividend by 14% from $.07 to $.08 per share – January.
  • H. Palmer Proctor, Jr. elected President of Fidelity Southern Corporation – April 27, 2006.
  • The Sugarloaf Branch opened May 10, 2006.
  • NASDAQ National Market renamed the NASDAQ Global Market effective July 1, 2006.  Fidelity Southern Corporation moved to the NASDAQ Global Select Market, a new segment of the NASDAQ Global Market created with higher initial listing standards. 
  • The Conyers Branch opened September 25, 2006.
  • Began offering Remote Item Capture to corporate customers.
2007
  • Increased FSC stock dividend by 12.5% from $.08 to $.09 per share – January.
  • The Newnan Branch opened April 4, 2007.
  • The Jacksonville Branch opened June 4, 2007.
  • The Winder Branch opened July 18, 2007.
  • The Sandy Springs Branch was completely remodeled and had its Grand Re-opening July 20, 2007.
2008
  • The remodeled Northlake Branch opened February 19, 2008.
  • Strategic alliance formed with Reliance Securities to provide retail brokerage and other securities related services effective June 11, 2008 – changed from Raymond James Financial Services.
  • Dr. Donald A. Harp, Jr. elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – August 2008.
  • The Conyers branch moved to its new location and opened August 4, 2008.  The Grand Re-opening was September 18, 2008.
  • Fidelity Southern Corporation sold 48,200 shares of Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, for $48.2 million as part of the federal government’s TARP Capital Purchase Program.
2009
  • Alpharetta Mortgage Office opened in January 2009.
  • Fidelity expanded its mortgage banking operation by hiring 66 former Sunshine Mortgage employees – January 2009. 
  • Retail brokerage and other securities related services (previously provided by Reliance Securities) transferred by Reliance to First Legacy Securities.
  • Fidelity expanded its private banking department by hiring a group of former Georgian Bank employees.
  • Robert J. Rutland retired from the Board of Directors and was named Director Emeritus (FSC and FB) – July 2009.
  • Credit card strategic alliance with First USA/Chase ended effective October 30, 2009.
2010
  • William C. Lankford, Jr. elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – January 2010.
  • Wm. Millard Choate elected Director of Fidelity Bank and Fidelity Southern Corporation – April 2010.
  • Retail brokerage and other securities related services (previously provided by First Legacy Securities) were transferred to INVEST Financial Corporation.
  • W. Clyde Shepherd, Jr., Founding Director, died June 18, 2010, at the age of 96.
  • Second Quarter 2010 – had record earnings of $4.9 million.
  • Edward G. Bowen, M.D., Director, died July 20, 2010.
  • Winder Branch moved to its new location and opened August 2, 2010.  The Grand Re-opening was August 14, 2010.
2011
  • Credit Card strategic alliance with First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) effective January 1, 2011.
  • Gwinnett Mortgage Office opened in May, 2011.
  • McDonough branch opened July 11, 2011.
  • Fidelity Bank acquired assets and deposits of Decatur First Bank from FDIC on October 21, 2011.
2012
  • Jones Bridge branch opened February 6, 2012.
  • Cumming branch opened April 23, 2012.
  • Fidelity Bank acquired assets and deposits of Security Exchange Bank on June 15, 2012.
  • Terrell Mill Branch relocated to Powers Ferry Branch in September 2012.
  • Jacksonville Branch relocated to its new location in January 2012.
  • Jacksonville Mortgage Lending Office relocated to its new location in January 2012.
  • Sterling Mortgage Lending Office opened in January 2012.
  • Athens Mortgage Lending Office opened in January 2012.
  • Cobb Mortgage Lending Office opened in January 2012.
  • Savannah Mortgage Lending Office opened in January 2012.
  • Falls Church Mortgage Lending Office opened in June 2012.
  • Woodbridge Mortgage Lending Office opened in June 2012.
  • Fredericksburg Mortgage Lending Office opened in June 2012.
  • Record earnings for the year - $25.3 million.
2013
  • Augusta Mortgage Lending Office opened in January 2013.
  • Peachtree Medical Branch opened March 18, 2013.
  • Opened Mortgage Lending Office in Fairfax, VA in March 2013.