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Chap Bennett named to Savannah's 40 under 40

Chap Bennett may still be young, but he is already successful, according to The Business Report and Journal.

The Savannah-based publication included the Thomson native on its fifth annual "40 business leaders under 40" list in a recent issue. The paper covers business in the Savannah area, the lowcountry, the coastal empire, Brunswick and the Golden Isles.

Mr. Bennett, who got his start in the banking business in Thomson, is currently the President of the Coastal Bank in Rincon, Ga., and a senior vice-president of the $250 million community banking company.

"Naturally, I'm happy to be chosen," Mr. Bennett said. "It's exciting to be chosen and to be part of that group."

Mr. Bennett, the son of David and Margaret Bennett of Thomson, is a 1988 graduate of Thomson High School. He went on to hold his first job at the Bank of Thomson. He earned a finance degree from Georgia Southern University as well as graduating with honors from the University of Georgia School of Banking.

"The support family and friends in (Thomson) have certainly helped the accomplishments to be pushed forward," Mr. Bennett said. "I'm certainly appreciative of that and the people around that area that have taken time, whether it be through previous employment or taken time whether it be through just being references for me."

Mr. Bennett's bank is currently housed in a temporary building while the new building is under construction. The Coastal Bank branch in Effingham County is scheduled to open in June.

Mr. Bennett keeps a busy schedule, but he said he gets back to Thomson when he can.

"I've still got a lot of friends and contacts (in Thomson), and I try to stay in touch the best that I can," he said. "I consider that home to be honest with you."

All of Mr. Bennett's success has put a smile on his parents' faces. They are pleased with their son's accomplishments.

"It just makes me feel proud, personally, and I'm speaking for his mother too," said David Bennet, Chap's father. "It makes us very proud that Chap is being as successful as he is in his chosen profession of banking."

Mr. Bennett is married to the former Bobbi Jo Sutter of Statesboro. They have two children, Ellie and Chapman.

He is the finance chair of the Effingham County Hospital Authority and in June will be the president of the Chamber of Commerce there as well. He is also the chair of the county's Industrial Development Authority.

Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004

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