January 8, 2013 – (Sarasota, Florida and Bradenton, Florida) – Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, announced today that the bank has recently promoted some key employees.
Richard Hicks, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, has been promoted from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President. Hicks joined Gateway Bank in 2007, prior to the bank opening in May, 2008. He began his banking career in 1986 with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Hicks is currently enrolled in the Leadership Sarasota County program.
Dennis Murphy has been promoted from Group Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager to Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer. Murphy manages Gateway’s loan production, credit administration, and loan operations departments. He joined Gateway in January 2008 after a six-year tenure with AmSouth Bank. Murphy is active in the local community, currently serving on the Finance Committee of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of the First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee where he is Treasurer.
Cabot Hart, Senior Credit Administrator, has been promoted from Vice President to Group Vice President. Hart began his banking career in 1985 with Southeast Bank, N.A. and joined Gateway in May 2011. He is active in the local community, regularly volunteering at Doctors Hospital.
Judy Whisanant, Deposit Operations Manager and BSA/AML Officer, has been promoted from Vice President to Group Vice President. A 30-year veteran banker, Whisanant was the second employee with Gateway Bank, joining the organization in February 2007. Whisanant has earned the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) designation, which is a professional certification for individuals with extensive business analysis experience.
Alicia Wheeler, Assistant Banking Center Manager, has been promoted from Bank Officer to Assistant Vice President. Wheeler began her career in banking in 1998 and joined Gateway in March 2008. She is actively involved in the McIntosh Middle School Decision Making Team / School Advisory Council Board as well as the Sarasota High School Foundation Board.
About Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida: Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida is an independent community bank serving business and consumer banking clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties. BauerFinancial (www.bauerfinancial.com) awarded Gateway Bank a 5-Star rating indicating the bank is well capitalized, exceeds regulatory compliance standards, and demonstrates high quality asset management.
Gateway Bank operates three full service banking locations. The main office is located at 1100 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The University Parkway banking center is located at 6204 North Lockwood Ridge Road, and the Manatee Avenue Banking Center is located on the northwest corner of 21st Street West and Manatee Avenue West.
The shareholders and directors of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida are primarily residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Board of Directors includes: Charles J. Bartlett – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PA; Dr. Gary K. Bockhold – Center for Sight; David J. Grain – Grain Management; David K. Maholias – Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida, Inc.; Shaun P. Merriman – Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida; Gavin W. Meshad – JWM Management, Inc.; Katherine K. Moulton – Resort Management Consultants; Wayne M. Ruben – Ruben-Holland Development, LLC; and David E. Sessions, Willis A. Smith Construction Inc.
Further information regarding Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida may be obtained by contacting Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO at 941-306-0105.
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