About our Expansion to
Cumming Ga. - Released 2019
Affinity Bank, a metro Atlanta bank with nearly 20 years of experience propelling organizations to success, is anchoring a team of experts in the heart of North Atlanta.
Based near Avalon, Alpharetta’s thriving retail, restaurant and business community, Affinity Bank’s team will be led by long-time Northside influencer Carter Barrett and Andrew Bell, a banking expert with strong roots in the area’s business community.
“We couldn’t ask for a better team to serve North Atlanta business owners,” says Ed Cooney, President of Affinity Bank. “Together, Carter Barrett and Andrew Bell represent one of the most well-connected, well-informed consulting teams in North Fulton and beyond.”
Carter Barrett, Affinity Bank’s Market President for the North Atlanta division, is a commercial banker with 30 years of experience. In 2008, Carter and two associates launched Community Business Bank in Cumming, GA. As CEO, he led the bank during a tumultuous time for the industry, overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations and negotiating the bank’s sale to Community and Southern Bank in May 2018 for nearly 28 times annual earnings.
“North Atlanta is my home, and I’ve spent decades investing in the growth of these communities,” says Barrett. “With Affinity Bank, I’ll continue to put my expertise and long-term relationships to work for Northside businesses.”
one of the most well-connected, well-informed consulting teams in Atlanta
Andrew Bell, Vice President of Business Development for the North Atlanta division, has managed a portfolio of more than 120 businesses ranging from nonprofits to manufacturing companies. He’s built a career as a trusted advisor to business owners, guiding executives to smart solutions that go far beyond the transactional definition of a banker.
“We’re taking a different approach to connecting with North Atlanta influencers,” says Bell. “Think coffee breaks and happy hours — that’s us, building relationships that make a difference on the bottom line.”