MICHAEL T. KELLER

Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer


Michael T. Keller is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Private Bank of Buckhead, which includes Private Bank of Decatur and PrivatePlus Mortgage. He has a deep banking resume, particularly in the Atlanta market, and previously worked with the bank’s Judy Turner at another community bank.

“In adding Michael to our team, we continue to take the perspective of total enterprise risk management,” says Charlie Crawford, President, CEO and Chairman of the bank. “In today’s increasingly regulated banking environment it is a more effective and more efficient way to approach this key facet of our work and responsibilities. Having a seasoned Chief Risk Officer is the way most larger institutions have gone in recent years and we know that our clients and shareholders deserve no less.”

Michael previously led credit and risk functions at other area banks, and has served as a bank consultant. He spent the first eight years of his career working with the FDIC, which adds to his broad and unique perspective on the industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Central Florida and is a certified Risk Professional (BAI).

“I am very detail-oriented – as you might imagine for someone in this role – and methodical,” Michael says. “I strive to ensure I have reviewed all sides of a situation and have gathered the appropriate information when making important decisions. In terms of work style, I encourage associates to make smart decisions and work as independently as possible, collaborating as necessary to make the most prudent credit risk decisions as possible for our clients and shareholders.”

Away from the bank, Michael is a fitness enthusiast who hopes to get in the best physical shape of his life this year. He also enjoys home improvement projects, is a movie buff and collects Tiffin Glassware (he is a native of Tiffin, Ohio). Michael has a son who is a college-bound recent high school graduate, and a daughter who is 16. He resides in Decatur with his longtime partner Rick and their rescue dog Chloe.

Michael can be reached at (404) 264-7971 or MichaelKeller@PrivateBankofBuckhead.com

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