April 23, 2024

Banking

Suncoast Credit Union, Sarasota, FL

Elliot West joins the Suncoast Credit Union Commercial Lending team as a Business Relationship Manager serving members in the Sarasota and Manatee markets. Elliot brings over two decades of experience in lending and finance, with a deep knowledge of commercial services including real estate loans and treasury services. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2024

Climate First Bank, Orlando, Florida

Climate First Bank welcomes Paul Pickhardt as SVP, Director of Government Guaranteed Lending. Paul has an extensive background in manufacturing and operations that has propelled his ability to develop innovative financing options. He will be responsible for building out the bank's SBA lending team to handle loan origination and portfolio management. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2024

Climate First Bank, St. Petersburg, FL

Climate First Bank appoints Irma Walsh as Attorney Banking Specialist. Walsh has been with Climate First Bank since 2021, bringing a banking and operations management background. In her new role, Walsh will exclusively work to support and build out attorney-based services. She is based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2024

Grove Bank & Trust , Miami

Grove Bank & Trust announced that Jose E. Cueto has been promoted to CEO from his role as President and COO. In his new position, he will be responsible for strategically growing and expanding the bank's capabilities and people resources as he is supported by a highly skilled and motivated management team. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2024

Grove Bank & Trust, Miami

Grove Bank & Trust announced the promotion of Ed Joyce to President from his role as Vice Chairman and Chief Client Engagement Officer. Since joining Grove Bank & Trust in 2021, Joyce has been a powerful force for his team and has provided invaluable service to the bank's clients. In his new role, Joyce will continue to help the bank expand its capabilities and services. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2024

Grove Bank & Trust, Miami

Grove Bank & Trust has promoted Emma Pacetti to Executive Vice President. Pacetti joined Grove Bank & Trust in 2023 as Senior Vice President, and has since successfully increased the market share, revenue, and profitability of her regions. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2024

Grove Bank & Trust , Miami

Grove Bank & Trust has promoted Andrew Yanez to Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. Yanez joined Grove Bank & Trust in 2023 and served as Senior Vice President, Senior Lending Officer, where he has developed the bank's loan portfolio, ensuring loan quality, diversification and profitability. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2024

Ocean Bank, Miami, Florida

Ocean Bank promoted Vanessa Lugo to Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer. Lugo joined Ocean Bank in 2015 and has climbed the ranks as Chief Accounting Officer, Senior VP, and operating CFO. She manages financial reporting, accounting, forecasting & planning, financial controls and corporate taxes for Ocean Bankshares, Ocean Bank, and their subsidiaries, and is a CPA. Read more »
Published on 1/17/2024

ServisFirst Bank, Sarasota

ServisFirst Bank Sarasota welcomes George Nicolopoulos as Vice President, Commercial Banking. Nicolopoulos is a proactive, results-driven problem-solver with strengths in communication, relationship building, and negotiation in the banking industry. Nicolopoulos is a member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and a Small Business of the Year judge for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Read more »
Published on 1/3/2024

ServisFirst Bank, Orlando

ServisFirst Bank Orlando welcomes Philip de Freitas as Senior Vice President, Treasury Management Sales. de Freitas is a highly accomplished and focused senior sales rainmaker with an outstanding track record in resourcefulness and serving a diverse range of clients. Prior to joining ServisFirst Bank, de Freitas served as Vice President, Treasury Management Sales Officer for Seacoast Bank. Read more »
Published on 1/3/2024

ServisFirst Bank, Tampa

ServisFirst Bank Tampa welcomes Tiffany Rodriguez as Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer. Rodriguez is a highly motivated individual with a history of success in driving profitability and operational excellence in the banking industry. Her expertise lies in banking, business administration, sales, client relationship management, retention, and staffing. Read more »
Published on 1/3/2024

ServisFirst Bank, Tampa

ServisFirst Bank Tampa welcomes Kaela Lerner as Senior Vice President, Treasury Management Sales. Lerner is a goal-oriented highly analytical professional with extensive experience in market management, business development, banking operations, mergers & acquisitions, project management, and process development/improvement. Lerner is also a member of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Low Vision. Read more »
Published on 1/3/2024

Suncoast Credit Union, Orlando

Doug Olesen joins the Suncoast Credit Union Commercial Lending team as a Business Relationship Manager serving members in the Orlando and Kissimmee area. With over 15 years of lending and finance experience, Doug has an in-depth understanding of commercial loans, including commercial real estate loans, business acquisitions, partner buyouts and revolving lines of credit. Read more »
Published on 12/20/2023

United Community, Orlando

United Community is pleased to announce industry veteran Evan Wyant will be stepping into the role of Central Florida President. He will lead United's commercial operations in the Orlando area, which includes Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Volusia, Polk, and Osceola counties. Wyant is active in building community and brings more than two decades of commercial and retail banking experience. Read more »
Published on 11/29/2023

Climate First Bank, Orlando

Climate First Bank welcomes Ron Strand-Sorrell as EVP, Chief Compliance BSA and Risk Officer (pending regulatory approval). With 40+ years in banking and 25 years in Compliance, BSA and Risk Management, he will ensure that all bank practices adhere to regulations. Based in Orlando, Strand-Sorrell has held leadership positions with Axiom Bank, MVB Bank and more. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2023

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Fifth Third Bank has appointed Suzanne Diaz to senior vice president, treasury management sales manager for the state of Florida with a focus on growth and execution of the Bank's treasury management solutions. Suzanne has 21 years of corporate treasury management experience and holds bachelor's degrees in management and political science from the University of Florida. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2023

Suncoast Credit Union, Tampa Bay

Joseph Rainero joins the Suncoast Credit Union Commercial Lending team as a Business Relationship Manager serving members in Hillsborough, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Marion counties. With an in-depth understanding of commercial lending, Joseph helps business owners navigate the financial landscape and gives guidance and lending solutions up to $50 million. Read more »
Published on 10/11/2023

Suncoast Credit Union, Tampa Bay

Michael Spinelli joins the Suncoast Credit Union business lending team as Small Business Consultant Manager. With over 19 years of management experience, Michael brings a wealth of expertise to his new role where he leads a team dedicated to uncovering the needs of small businesses and finding financial solutions tailored to their goals. Read more »
Published on 10/11/2023

Suncoast Credit Union, Fort Myers, Florida

Tiffany Allard joins the Suncoast Credit Union Commercial Lending team as a Business Relationship Manager serving members in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties. Tiffany is dedicated to finding personalized lending solutions that grow their business with commercial loans up to $50 million. She has an in-depth understanding of financial products & services. Read more »
Published on 8/30/2023

Climate First Bank, Winter Park

Climate First Bank welcomes Marilyn Waite to its Board of Directors (pending regulatory approval). The Managing Director at the Climate Finance Fund, Waite has worked across four continents in renewable and nuclear energy and venture capital and investment. Waite brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to guide Climate First Bank's growth and environmental impact. Read more »
Published on 7/26/2023

Climate First Bank, St. Petersburg

Eric Hollar joins the Climate First Bank team as VP and St. Pete Branch Manager. With over 19 years of banking experience in the Pinellas County area, Hollar will be responsible for the Climate First Bank's growth, community and client engagement and stakeholder relations in the St. Petersburg/Tampa market. Read more »
Published on 7/26/2023

Climate First Bank, Tampa, Florida

Jarred Fayson joins the Climate First Bank team as one of the Board of Directors. A graduate of University of Illinois, Fayson and is now the CEO of Sadler Fayson Fulfillment and resides in the St.Pete/Tampa area. Fayson will use his knowledge and experience to help Climate First Bank expand its perspective and ability to create positive change. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2023

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Steven Escobar joined Fifth Third Bank as vice president and middle market relationship manager where he will advise and assist middle market companies in Tampa Bay with maximizing working capital, sponsor financing, dividend recapitalizations, owner occupied real estate financing, acquisition financing, business transition strategies and increasing shareholder value. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Climate First Bank, St. Petersburg, FL

Climate First Bank welcomes Sharon Hill to to the team as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (pending regulatory approval). With a combined 40 years of financial accounting experience, Hill's role is to develop, implement and control Climate First Bank's financial operations and strategies. She is based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2023

Cadence Bank, Florida

Frank Hall has been promoted to regional president - Florida at Cadence Bank. Hall will be responsible for overseeing the company's community banking operations in the Florida region and developing strategies to grow business within those markets. Hall earned his bachelor's degree from Florida State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2023

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