Nack Paek is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MetroCity Bankshares, Inc. and Executive Chairman of the Bank. Mr. Paek’s experience in banking traces back to when he made his first SBA loan in 1981. He leveraged that experience over the following decade, helping to underwrite loans for a third party non-bank SBA lender, and now at the Bank, as he helps set the direction of the Bank’s loan underwriting and approval process. Mr. Paek also brings past accounting experience to the Company, as he previously owned and managed his own accounting firm for ten years. In addition, Mr. Paek was a founding director for another Georgia community bank where he served in various capacities, including chairman of the audit committee and chairman of the board of directors. In 2006, he founded Metro City Bank along with a group of investors.
Farid Tan is the President of MetroCity Bankshares, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Mr. Tan has 37 years of experience in banking and has been in community banking in Georgia since 1999 when he became Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Global Commerce Bank. In 2002, Mr. Tan was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Commerce Bank where he served until 2005 when he resigned to help form Metro City Bank as its President and CEO. Mr. Tan was instrumental in establishing the Bank’s critical policies and guidelines in asset liability management and developing a strategic short- and long-range strategic plan that addressed increased revenues and identified potential long-range problems involving capital and liquidity. Mr. Tan started his banking career in 1981 for Bank Bumiputra Malaysia, where he held various positions, including Senior Account Officer, Senior Internal Audit Supervisor and Senior Foreign Exchange Dealer. In 1993, Mr. Tan became the Assistant General Manager of their New York office where he served until 1999 when he left to join Global Commerce Bank.
Howard Hwasaeng Kim is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer of the Company and President of the Bank. Mr. Kim has more than 36 years of experience in financial services, having worked for Korea Development Bank as an officer for lending, deposit, foreign exchange dealing and accounting from 1980 to 1991 and Korea Development Securities Co. Ltd as a manager for branch and accounting division and as a representative in their Amsterdam office from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Kim also served as Vice President, Commercial and SBA Lender for a local community bank in Doraville, Georgia before joining Metro City Bank at its inception in 2006.
Benton Gunter is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Company and the Bank. Mr. Gunter has more than 50 years of experience in financial services, including time spent with large regional banks and community banks. He has experience in all areas of bank operations, including administration, branch operations, deposit operations, financial reporting, compliance, human resources and audit. Prior to joining Metro City Bank in 2010, Mr. Gunter served as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Atlanta Business Bank, a de novo bank formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2001 and which opened for business in early 2002.