Photo: Mark Wemple"I would anticipate doing some hiring." - Cathy Swanson, CEO of Freedom Bank
The Year Ahead
What is the outlook for 2017?
Seven professionals from a range of industries around Florida offer their perspectives on the year ahead. The article begins with Cathy Swanson, CEO of Freedom Bank in St. Petersburg talking about the outlook for finance:
In our market specifically I’m pretty hopeful about the economy in 2017. We’ve seen a lot of activity. In terms of loan activity, our pipeline is strong. The development activity in south Pinellas County particularly is strong. In downtown St. Petersburg, there’s a lot of building going on, from apartments to condos to museums. We are growing. I would anticipate doing some hiring. With our online banking offerings we have not really put any brick and mortar in our plans. We have found that we can support our growth through technology. We’re just under $200 million in assets. Our niche is small- to medium-sized businesses and professionals in the Tampa Bay market.
ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Sterling Gilliam, director, National Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station, Pensacola; Matt Allen, COO, Related Group, Miami; Dr. Marvin Dewar, CEO of UF Health Physicians.
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