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Webby awards honor UCB, Red Clay for website redesign

Red Clay Interactive and United Community Bank have been named an Official Honoree of the 16th annual Webby Awards in the Banking/Bill Paying category for the redesign of UCB’s website.

Craig Metz, EVP of Corporate Marketing said, “We’re extremely honored to be named an official Webby honoree and it was a true team effort by both United and Red Clay teams.”

The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS nominates and selects award winners, and comprises several Web industry experts.

“This is a great honor for United Community Bank and Red Clay Interactive,” Red Clay Interactive CEO Lance Compton said. “There were four financial institutions named Official Honorees, and United Community Bank was the only one honored from the United States.”

Red Clay team members who worked on the redesign included Nick Kastner, Aaron Stump, Laura Fowler, Charles Martin and Zach Abernathy. United Community Bank team members who worked closely with content and design elements are Rhonda Hood, Greg Abernathy, Jeanette Garrett, Chris Uhrich and Keith Bryant.

Blairsville-based United Community Banks Inc. is the third-largest traditional bank holding company in Georgia and operates more than 100 locations in three states.

Red Clay Interactive, founded in 2000, is a digital marketing agency located in Gainesville; website

The Official Honoree site can be viewed at


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