April 22, 2014 – (Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida) – Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, announced today that Cliff Ford has joined the company’s commercial banking team as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Ford will primarily serve the Manatee market, and is an addition to the ever expanding commercial lending team.
Ford joins Gateway Bank with 32 years of commercial lending experience, and over 12 years in the Manatee market. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Commercial Banking for SunTrust in Sarasota/Bradenton. Prior to that, Ford worked as Vice President of BB&T’s Acquired Asset Group, where he was responsible for the management and resolution of a $200MM portfolio of non-performing assets with a goal of maximizing return to the bank. Ford’s role at Gateway is to develop and expand relationships within the Manatee market, and structure the right loan solution to suit his clients’ unique needs.
“We are delighted to expand our commercial banking team to include a highly skilled lender in the Manatee market, said Merriman. He continued, “We now have a dedicated commercial lender housed at each banking center, and are poised to meet the growing loan demands of local business owners.”
Ford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from University of South Florida. He and his wife, Margie, are actively involved with Southeastern Guide Dogs.
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 employees of Gateway Bank are dedicated to giving back to the community through volunteerism and monetary donations. In 2013, employees (41 in total) logged over 2,000 volunteer hours, and raised $27,700 for local charitable causes.
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 – WMR Consulting, 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.