November 24, 2015 – (Sarasota, Florida) – Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida President and Chief Executive Officer, Shaun P. Merriman announced today the appointment of Matthew L. Christian as Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager. In this capacity, he will be responsible for developing deposit and loan relationships with existing and prospective business clients throughout the service area of the bank.
Matthew Christian joins Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida from his most recent position as Vice President and Business Banker at PNC Bank in Sarasota. He earned his marketing degree at the University of West Florida. In addition to his involvement with the Commercial Division of the Sarasota Board of Realtors, Matthew Christian has served on the Executive Committee for Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.
In making the announcement Shaun Merriman commented, “We are witnessing greatly increased interest in community banking relationships from businesses of all sizes up and down the west coast of Florida.” He continued, “To meet this demand, we are continuing to bring knowledgeable and capable bankers into our organization to serve our current and prospective clients. We are confident Matthew Christian exemplifies the standard we have built over the past eight years.”
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. The bank consistently receives a Five Star (superior) rating from Bauer Financial (www.bauerfinancial.com) recognizing the bank for high capitalization, exceeding regulatory compliance standards and 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 2014, employees (41 in total) logged over 2,500 volunteer hours and raised $38,000 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.