January 25, 2022

Banking

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Fifth Third Bank has appointed Scott Besece to vice president and healthcare relationship manager. He will assist healthcare clients structure financing, efficiently manage capital and navigate variable market conditions in the Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville markets. He has more than 25 years of banking experience, including 20 years of focus on the healthcare industry. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Orlando

Fifth Third Bank has appointed Frank Cover to senior vice president and middle market relationship manager. In this role, Frank will be responsible for assisting middle market clients in Central Florida structure financing, efficiently manage capital and navigate variable market conditions. Frank has more than 25 years of experience in middle market banking. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2021

ConnectOne Bank, West Palm Beach, Florida

ConnectOne Bank, a leading commercial bank in the NY/NJ region is expanding its reach with a banking team in West Palm Beach Florida. This is a natural progression for ConnectOne to further support NY Metro-based clients who already have a presence in this market. Plans are to open a permanent banking office in the early part of 2022. Jack Buell will lead the Market Team as Managing Director/Director of Commercial Lending-Florida Market for ConnectOne Bank. Danielle Webel has also joined ConnectOne Bank as SVP/Commercial Loan Officer Florida Market. Jack and Danielle will support ConnectOne's growing client base in South Florida, while continuing to build the team to provide commercial real estate, C&I, deposit and cash management products. Read more »
Published on 11/2/2021

Climate First Bank, Orlando, Florida

Climate First Bank welcomes Lex Ford to the team. Based in Orlando, he will helm commercial loan operations, expand the bank's presence in Central Florida and grow connections across the state. Ford is applying with the appropriate agency to become President. "I'm excited to join the talented team at Climate First Bank and work closely with Ken LaRoe again," said Ford. Read more »
Published on 11/1/2021

Climate First Bank, Orlando, Florida

Climate First Bank welcomes Jeff Cowherd. Based in Central Florida, Cowherd has over 40 years of experience in banking and will develop banking relationships with businesses and consumers. He is applying with the appropriate agency to become Executive Vice President/Senior Lender. "I jumped at the chance to work with Ken LaRoe again," he said. Read more »
Published on 11/1/2021

FirstBank Florida, Miami, FL

Jose Maria Lacasa has been named Executive Vice President & Business Director for FirstBank Florida. Lacasa brings over 20 years of experience in the banking industry to his new role, where he will be responsible for driving future growth in the region, along with enhancing brand and client satisfaction in collaboration with the regional leadership team. Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Fifth Third Bank appointed Mike Smith to head of business banking for the region, leading a team of business bankers in the Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville markets. He has more than 28 years of experience serving in leadership roles within the financial services industry, including his previous role as business banking market manager for Fifth Third's Cincinnati region. Read more »
Published on 9/21/2021

Amerant Bancorp Inc., Miami

Amerant Bancorp Inc. announces Kristy Amaro has been named Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Read more »
Published on 9/20/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Mike Stanchina has been promoted to SVP and commercial team leader in Tampa Bay. He will lead a team of relationship managers that advise and assist clients structure financing, efficiently manage capital and navigate variable market conditions. He has 17 years of commercial and investment banking experience and is a former nuclear submarine officer for the U.S. Navy. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2021

Iberiabank First Horizon, Orlando

IBERIABANK First Horizon announced the appointment of SVP, Private Banking Group manager, Lawrence Hatch to market president, Central Florida. Hatch previously led the bank's Private Wealth Group. Hatch will oversee balance sheet and income statements of all lines of business in the Central Florida market; including not limited to consumer, wealth and commercial banking. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2021

Iberiabank First Horizon, Orlando

IBERIABANK First Horizon welcomes Alejandro Carrasquel CFP® to Central Florida's private banking team as vice president and senior financial advisor. Carrasquel is an accomplished advisor with more than 20 years of experience helping clients reach their financial goals and wealth management needs by providing holistic advice and financial planning services. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2021

Grove Bank & Trust, Coconut Grove

Ed Joyce has been named Vice Chairman of Grove Bank & Trust after serving in several leadership positions for Northern Trust for the past 37 years. Joyce will oversee Grove Bank & Trust's client engagement efforts across its five offices in Miami-Dade County. The announcement was made today by the Chairman & CEO of Grove Bank & Trust, Sheldon T. Anderson. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Fort Lauderdale and Naples

Fifth Third Bank, Naples and Fort Lauderdale (South Florida) announces Julio Ramirez, Commercial Sales Manager for Tampa Bay, has been promoted to the role of Senior Commercial Banker for South Florida. Julio will be relocating to Fort Lauderdale. He brings over 20 years of commercial banking expertise and leadership in conjunction with the market knowledge of Florida. Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

Anchor Bank, Palm Beach Gardens

Anchor Bank has announced that its President and CEO Nelson Hinojosa has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Bankers Association Read more »
Published on 6/21/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Naples

Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) announces that Jim Weiss, a 14-year veteran with the Bank, has been named Regional President for South Florida. Jim most recently served as the Middle Market credit risk executive. Jim previously led Tampa Bay as city president and was the senior commercial banking executive in the North Florida region. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Tampa

Mike Stanchina has been appointed to senior vice president and commercial relationship manager, assisting middle market clients structure financing, efficiently manage capital and navigate variable market conditions. He has 17 years of commercial and investment banking experience and is a former nuclear submarine officer for the U.S. Navy. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2021

Fifth Third Bank, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville

John Pisan has been named senior vice president and managing director of the Private Bank, overseeing Fifth Third's wealth and asset management division for the Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville markets. He has 34 years of experience in wealth management, financial services and helping achieve the complex objectives of high-net-worth clients. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2021

Cogent Bank, Naples, Florida

Cogent Bank is expanding its already robust lending, depository, and treasury management products and services offerings with the addition of a Private Wealth Group. The expansion into Private Wealth is another step in Cogent's strategic plan to become a top-performing diversified and comprehensive financial provider in terms of growth, profit, risk management, and value. Clark will be based in Naples and oversee the division, which will serve clients statewide. Clark has more than 30 years of banking experience, most recently as President of the Private Wealth Group of CIT (formerly Mutual of Omaha Bank). Prior to CIT, John held senior roles in private wealth and commercial banking. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2021

United Community Bank, Orlando

United Community Bank is proud to add Hunt Dawkins as SBA Business Development Officer. Dawkins will focus primarily on the Central Florida market. Throughout his career he has served as a Commercial Loan Officer, Area Retail Manager and Market President for a variety of regional banks throughout the state. United acquired Florida-based Seaside Bank and Trust in 2020. Read more »
Published on 1/5/2021

United Community Bank, Orlando

United Community Bank is proud to add Rick Khan as SBA Business Development Officer. Khan will focus primarily on the Coastal and South Florida markets and comes to United with 25 years of banking experience as a Mortgage Specialist, Business Relationship Manager and SBA Business Development Officer. United acquired Florida-based Seaside Bank and Trust in 2020. Read more »
Published on 1/5/2021

Hancock Whitney, Tampa

Joe Fontana has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Through a consultative banking approach, he works with Corporate/Middle Market clients optimizing short and long term capital (including obtaining senior debt for working capital, acquisitions, real estate, equipment, and restructurings), enhancing liquidity and risk management, and facilitating international banking. Read more »
Published on 1/4/2021

Pilot Bank, Tampa

Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank has been named to the American Bankers Association Executive Board of Directors for 2021 and Vice Chair of the Government Relation Council of ABA. A 40+ year banker Rita has been named one of the 50 most influential people in the financial industry in the US. To learn more about Rita enjoy her book "From the Farm to the Boardroom". Read more »
Published on 12/8/2020

BankUnited, Miami Lakes

BankUnited announced the hiring of Kevin A. Malcolm as Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Read more »
Published on 8/17/2020

Axiom Bank, Orlando

Dan Davis has been appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA). Read more »
Published on 6/22/2020

First Port City Bank, Fernandina Beach

First Port City Bank is pleased to announce its hiring of Steve Penza as Government Guaranteed Lender. Read more »
Published on 5/18/2020

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