Jacobs announces retirement after 31-year career with CCB Community Bank

Published 2:54 pm Thursday, December 14, 2023

After serving the community for 31 years, Dee Jacobs has announced her retirement as the vice president/financial advisor of CCB Financial Services, Inc. in Andalusia.

Dee Jacobs

Jacobs began her career at CCB as a loan teller and then executive assistant from 1985 to 1988. She returned to CCB in 1995 as a loan officer and was promoted to vice president in 1996. She has served in her current role as vice president/financial advisor since 2002. Her retirement will be effective Friday, Dec. 29.

“I have been in banking since the late 1970s. My first job was with Florida National Bank in Pensacola in the bookkeeping area. I held several positions at various banks through the years until I settled at CCB. What I have loved most about my job is number one working with our CCB family. We truly are a family and care about each other. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping my clients with their investment needs. Many of my clients have not only become friends but are like family, and I will truly miss working with them,” Jacobs said.

While working at SouthTrust in 1995, Jacobs received a call asking if she was interested in talking to CEO Tom Lane about a job.

“I agreed to talk with him, and he offered me a loan officer position with CCB. I did not tell him at the time, but I couldn’t wait to come back home to CCB. I started in April 1995 and remember there was no space for me at the time. I sat at the credenza behind Marie Spann Reynolds for a week and moved to a desk until they found an office for me. When Shirley Helms retired, I moved into her office. I have witnessed a lot of growth and renovations in the past 28 years.”

Lane approached Jacobs about opening an investment division of CCB in 2002.

“Since I already had my life license and enjoyed sales, he thought I would be the person for that job. I was very apprehensive at first but decided to give it a try realizing it was an opportunity of a lifetime. After many months of organizing, studying, and passing the Series 7 and 63 securities license, we were open for business. We have grown this division from $0 to $90 million in assets under management. I appreciate every client that helped us be successful and entrusted me to handle their investments,” she said.

She expressed gratitude to those who helped her reach this point.

“I would like to thank Tom Lane for believing in me and giving me the opportunities to grow with CCB. I would also like to thank Michael Andrews, Southern National Board, and CCB Community Bank Board of Directors for being supportive of me and our department. I am excited for Mark Chambers who obtained his securities licenses and has been working in our department this year. I think he will do a great job, and I wish him well.”

Jacobs attended LBW Community College, Auburn University at Montgomery, and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She holds Series 7, 66, and 63 securities licenses as well as a life license.

Jacobs said retirement would be quite an adjustment but looks forward to her time off. She is married to Ron Jacobs.

“I have worked most of my life, but my husband and I plan to travel, play golf, work on home projects, and spend more time with our three children and two grandchildren.”

Chambers started with CCB Community Bank in 2010 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Auburn University. He graduated from the Alabama Banking School in 2015. He has been married to his wife, Annie, for four years, and they have a daughter named Holland.

Mark Chambers

“Prior to my transition to CCB Financial Services, I was a loan officer for the past eight years. I served as the president of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce in 2021 and am the current president of the Andalusia Rotary Club. I look forward to providing the same level of service to our existing clients as well as our new clients in the years to come,” Chambers said.

CCB Community Bank CEO Michael Andrews referred to Jacobs as a “mainstay” for over 30 years.

“Dee helped start Financial Services at CCB and has been a vital part of the growth we have seen throughout her time with us. We are sad to see her leave but are excited for her personally. Mark is a long-term CCB employee who will have big shoes to fill. We moved him over here approximately two years ago and gave him the opportunity to work hand in hand with Dee. She has been trying to make the transition over the past few months. I believe he is up to the task and should have all the training to continue what she has done and bring us even further into the future,” Andrews said.

CCB Community Bank is located at 225 East Three Notch Street in Andalusia. Drive-thru hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the lobby is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Additional branches are located in Opp, Crestview, Niceville, and DeFuniak Springs.

For more information call the Andalusia branch at 334-222-2561.