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CenterState Bank Names Brian D. Hall Community President for the Sarasota/Manatee Market

10 Sep 2019 9:01 AM | Anonymous

Sarasota, Florida, August 30, 2019 – Shaun P. Merriman, Regional President – West Florida, announced that Brian D. Hall has just been named Senior Vice President and Community President for CenterState’s Sarasota/Manatee Market effective immediately. Hall takes leadership of commercial and retail banking for Sarasota and Manatee counties following the recent retirement of Jim Kuhlman after his long and distinguished banking career.

During the announcement, Merriman noted, “We are excited to have Brian lead our Sarasota and Manatee banking operations. Having more than 30 years of successful banking experience, Brian has built a tremendous reputation as a proven leader which will significantly contribute to the bank’s strong growth in our community.” Merriman continued, “Over the past several years, Brian has been instrumental in motivating his teams to provide remarkable service, and he is thoroughly committed to developing and carefully managing strong customer and business relationships.”

Reporting to Hall will be Chris Perkins, Area Executive/Commercial Team Leader, who now takes on the additional oversight of commercial banking for Sarasota County as well as Manatee County. Also reporting to Hall is Renee Brady, Private Banking Team Leader, who oversees the local Private Bank as well as Cindy Denison, Retail Market Manager, who oversees all nine full-service branches across both counties.

In his reaction to the announcement, Hall responded, “I am excited to take on this key leadership role with CenterState.” He added, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with an incredible team of caring and committed CenterState associates who are focused on providing exceptional service to our clients and the communities we serve.” Hall joined CenterState Bank in 2013 after serving eight-years as President, CEO, and Organizing Director of Sarasota-based Sabal Palm Bank. He also held various senior management positions with the former SouthTrust Bank in Sarasota, as well as for Star Bank and Irwin Union Bank in Ohio and Indiana. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his participation as the Board Chair for Plymouth Harbor of Sarasota Bay, Brian is Past Board Chair and current Chair of the HR Committee for Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, and is a Member of the State of Florida Bar Association Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Previously, he participated in the Selby Scholars Mentor program, served as a Regional Director and past Campaign Chair of United Way Suncoast, and served as the past Director and Treasurer of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

CenterState Bank is a $17 billion Winter Haven, Florida based bank operating in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, which provides online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. Locally, the Sarasota/Manatee Community has $733 million in bank assets with nine (9) banking centers. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus. Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank.

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