Alabama National BanCorporation

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Alabama National BanCorporation
Industry Finance and Insurance
Fate Merged with RBC Bank
Successor RBC Bank
Founded 1986
Defunct February 25, 2008
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Key people
John H. Holcomb, III, Chief Executive Officer
Products Financial Services
Number of employees
1,789 (2006)

Alabama National BanCorporation based in Birmingham, Alabama, was a bank holding company which was purchased by RBC Bank in 2008 for $1.6 billion. Prior to the RBC deal, the bank was the no. 3 banking company in Alabama with over $7 billion assets.


National Bank of Commerce of Birmingham started in 1965 as a family-owned community bank. It was first publicly traded in 1995.

First American Bank of Decatur, Alabama started in 1981. That same year, James A. Taylor bought First National Bank of Ashland. After three more acquisitions, Taylor started a holding company of which he became chairman. By 1993, two more banks and a savings and loan had become part of Alabama National BanCorporation. In 1994, the company added two more banks and $100 million in assets. Later that year, the company received $10 million from its initial public offering. In 1995, National Bank of Commerce, with $130 million more in assets, became a subsidiary of Alabama National after NBC won a deal for a savings and loan. Alabama National also started a bond business after AmSouth closed its bond division.[1]

Alabama National took over First American in 1997,[2] when First American had $223 million in assets and Alabama National had $929 million, ranking sixth in Alabama. Also in 1997, Alabama National entered Florida by opening Citizens & Peoples Bank in Escambia County.

In 1998, Alabama National added two more Florida banks and entered Georgia. The company bought Georgia State Bank of Mableton, with $124 million in assets.

First American Bank bought Rankin Insurance Inc. in 1999.[1]

In 2000, chairman and CEO John H. Holcomb III said, "In the last five years, Alabama National has approximately tripled in size, while continuing to have a very strong performance record."[3]

With the addition of Peoples State Bank of Groveland, Florida in 2001, with $130 million in assets, Alabama National had $2.2 billion in assets and eleven banks which continued to use their own names.

During 2002, insurance subsidiary ABA Insurance Services Inc. bought agencies in Alabama in Florida. The bank holding company had $3.2 billion in assets and 62 branches.

After buying Indian River Banking Company of Vero Beach ($520 million in assets), Cypress Bancshares Inc. ($110 million) of Palm Coast and Millennium Bank of Gainesville ($130 million), Alabama national had $1.4 billion in Florida assets, and $3.9 billion in total assets.[1]

In October 2004, Alabama National announced a deal with National Bank of Commerce which would give First American $2.5 billion in assets and 33 locations. In much of Alabama, the company would operate as First American. First American Bank had 16 locations before the merger, and James "Skip" Thompson III of Decatur, previously First American president and COO, became that bank's new CEO. After the merger, First American's loan operations moved to Birmingham. Also, First Citizens Bank of Talladega became part of First American in May 2005.

In Florida and southern Alabama, First Gulf Bank of Pensacola, Florida and First Gulf Bank of Baldwin County became First Gulf Bank.[4]

In 2005, Alabama National announced that it agreed to buy Florida Choice Bank of Mount Dora, with $325 million in assets, and six locations with plans for two more. The deal gave Alabama National 10 subsidiaries with 85 locations.[5]

In 2008, RBC Bank bought Alabama National for $1.6 billion, adding 45 locations each in Alabama and Florida, and 13 in Georgia.[6] Alabama National had $7.9 billion in assets.[7] The deal became final February 26, 2008.[2] At the time, Alabama National operated these subsidiaries:

  • Georgia State Bank (Metro Atlanta)
  • The Peachtree Bank (Metro Atlanta)
  • Tucker Federal Bank (Metro Atlanta)

On March 4, 2012, all RBC Bank branches became PNC Bank branches, after PNC Financial Services' acquisition of RBC's American assets.


  1. ^ a b c "Alabama National BanCorporation - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History,". Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b Fleischauer, Eric (2008-02-26). "Decatur's First American goes Canadian". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved 2010-10-26. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Alabama National BanCorporation Announces Executive Promotions". Business Wire. 2000-12-22. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Jay (2005-02-24). "First American Bank completes merger". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Alabama National buys Florida Choice Bank". Orlando Business Journal. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  6. ^ Jarvis, Crystal (2008-06-18). "Birmingham's First American Bank to officially become RBC Bank next week". Birmingham Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  7. ^ "RBC Centura completes acquisition of Vero Beach-based IRNB's parent bank". 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 

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