Category Archives: Financial Industry

John Corbett named President/CEO of CenterState Banks, Inc.

On July 17, long-time President and CEO of CenterState Bank, Ernie Pinner, passed the baton to a very familiar face to us in Winter Haven, Mr. John Corbett. Mr. Pinner sent the following note to the CenterState Bank team: It … Continue reading

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CenterState Bank to Acquire First Southern Bancorp

DAVENPORT, FL., January 29, 2014 – CenterState Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ –  GS: CSFL) announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which CenterState will acquire First Southern Bancorp, Inc. the parent company of First Southern Bank. Upon completion of the … Continue reading

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CenterState to Acquire Gulfstream Bancshares

CenterState Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: CSFL) announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which CenterState will acquire Gulfstream Bancshares, Inc. the parent company of Gulfstream Business Bank. Upon completion of the holding company merger, Gulfstream Business Bank will be merged … Continue reading

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Corbett Named Banker of the Year by FBA

  Banker of the Year The Florida Bankers Association is meeting in Palm Beach and “Celebrating 125 years of Banking Excellence.” One particular highlight of note to the Winter Haven business community was John Corbett’s selection as Banker of the … Continue reading

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Parker Joins Citizens Bank & Trust

Bonnie Parker has accepted the position of Senior Vice President manager of Private Banking with Citizens Bank & Trust. Parker will be joined by Tiffiny Gozdur who will be a bank officer and private banker. Both will work with Georgia … Continue reading

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Corbett is Community Banker of the Year

CenterState Bank CEO John Corbett has been named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker Magazine. The magazine states, “CenterState Bank has grown more than 30 percent in less than three years to $2.4 billion in assets at September … Continue reading

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9th Annual East Polk Economic Summit

Join the business community and students from Polk State as we take a careful look at both national and local economic perspectives the morning after the election! Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Program: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Polk … Continue reading

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Community Southern Bank Comes to Winter Haven …

Community Southern Bank, Cypress Gardens Boulevard   Community Southern Bank held official grand opening ceremonies at their new Winter Haven location at 6900 Cypress Gardens Boulevard on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Community Southern also has commercial offices located in downtown … Continue reading

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Loftin to Lead Community Southern Bank in East Polk

Michael A. Micallef, Jr, President & CEO of Community Southern Bank has announced that Robert A. Loftin has joined the team as East Polk County President. His appointment is effective immediately. “I am thrilled to be part of a very … Continue reading

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Dole Foods Acquires Haven Company’s Stock

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE: DOLE) today announced that it has acquired all of the capital stock of the parent of SunnyRidge Farm, Inc., one of the top fresh blueberry companies in the United States. … Continue reading

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