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JB Lawrence Joins High Country Advisory Board

ABINGDON, VA, April 20, 2017 – Highlands Union Bank announced that J B Lawrence has joined its High Country Advisory Board.

As a resident of Blowing Rock for over forty years, Lawrence is completing his tenth consecutive term and twentieth year as Mayor. Currently he serves as a realtor for Blowing Rock Real Estate. Previously, he led the Blowing Rock offices of First Citizens and United Community for nearly thirty years as well as being a local business owner.

A native of Watauga County, Lawrence is an active supporter of Appalachian State University and several community organizations. His present involvement includes: Mayor of Blowing Rock; Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, EDC Committee; Blowing Rock Rotary Club; Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Energy; High Country Council of Government Executive Board; Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Finance Committee; and a Member of Middle Fork Baptist Church.

About Highlands Bankshares, Inc.

Highlands provides a relationship-based and highly personal banking experience to small to mid-sized private businesses, professionals, and other individuals. Focused on providing value to each and every customer, Highlands delivers banking services through highly skilled employees, digital channels, as well as 14 branches located in Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia.

Contact Highlands Bankshares, Inc. Timothy K. Schools, 276-628-9181 President and Chief Executive Officer

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