Adam D. Compton
Adam D. Compton was elected by the Board of Directors as a director of the bank in April 2011. Mr. Compton was elected to the Company board in June 2012. Mr. Compton currently serves as head of the Financial Services Sector with GMT Capital Corporation, Atlanta, GA., joining the firm in 2008. From April 2003 to September 2008, Mr. Compton was director and head of U.S. Financial Services Research with RCM Global Investors, San Francisco, CA. Previously, Mr. Compton was an equity research analyst covering U.S. banking companies at Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Morgan Stanley and Montgomery Securities, as well as working as a bank regulator for the State of Florida for three years. Mr. Compton currently serves as a board member of Alico, Inc., a Florida based agribusiness and land management company.
Mr. Compton received his MBA, with distinction, from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and his BA from Houghton College, Houghton, NY. Mr. Compton is quite familiar with the State of Florida, having been born and raised in the Orlando and Lake Wales areas.
Robert M. Feerick
Robert M. Feerick has served as director of the Bank since October 2009 through June 2012 and was then elected to the Company board in June 2012. Since 1988, he has served as chairman of Horizon Partners, Ltd., a private investment holding company headquartered in Naples, Florida, that acquires and builds companies. Horizon focuses on the acquisition of medium size companies that are privately-held or divisions/subsidiaries of larger corporations, with a strategy of building long-term equity value in their base companies through strategic add-on acquisitions and improvements in operating performance.
Mr. Feerick has significant experience as a director of privately-held companies. He is a current director of the following companies: Karl’s Event Services, a party and tent event rental company; Groeb Farms, Inc., the leading processor of honey, sold as an ingredient, in the United States; Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc., a manufacturer and lessor of portable machine tools; Lantor, Inc., a producer of high performance non-woven textiles; and Xymox Technologies, Inc., an international membrane switch manufacturer. Mr. Feerick began his career as an associate (1972-1973) in the money management firm of Fayez Sarofim & Co. in Houston, Texas. In 1973, Mr. Feerick joined Frontenac Company, a private equity and venture capital company in Chicago, as a general partner. In this capacity, he was directly responsible for finding, evaluating, and negotiating acquisition and investment transactions for the company. In 1977, Mr. Feerick sold his interests in Frontenac to The Laird Norton Company in Seattle, Washington.
Shortly thereafter, in 1978, Mr. Feerick joined the former Arthur Young & Co. to head its Midwest Region merger and acquisition practice. In 1982, he founded The Corporate Development Group, an affiliate of Arthur Young, and served as its chairman. He was also a general partner of the firm. Over his ten years with Arthur Young, he assisted approximately 40 corporations and management groups with acquisitions, divestitures, and venture capital investments. In 1988, he left The Corporate Development Group to form Horizon Partners.
J. Michael Gibbons
J. Michael Gibbons was elected by the Company’s board of directors as a director of the Company on October 27, 2014. Mr. Gibbons currently serves as Vice President at The Endicott Group, a New York City based asset management and financial advisory firm dedicated to the financial services industry. As such, Mr. Gibbons is responsible for the implementation of investment strategy and advising financial firms across the United States. Prior to joining Endicott in 2009, Mr. Gibbons was a Senior Analyst in the Private Equity Group at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Mr. Gibbons received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Mr. Gibbons is quite familiar with the State of Florida, having been born and raised in Tampa.
John J. Guinee
John J. Guinee was elected by the Company’s board of directors as a director in June 2012. Mr. Guinee is a Managing Partner at Constitution Capital Partners LLC. Constitution Capital Partners LLC is a private equity firm that focuses on North American buyouts. He is a member of Constitution Capital’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Constitution Capital, Mr. Guinee was an Investment Director for Standard Life Investments Private Equity USA and a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, he was a Vice President of Business Development at State Street Bank and Trust Company.
Mr. Guinee has significant experience as a director of privately held companies. He is currently a director or board observer of the following companies; Custom Ecology Inc., a leading waste logistics company, Hearthside the nation’s largest independent bakery, Construction Partners Inc., an asphalt road construction company, London Broadcasting Company Inc., the largest owner operator of middle-market broadcast television stations in the state of Texas, The Environmental Quality Company, a hazardous waste and environmental management services provider and Flagstone Foods, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of private label healthy snacks in North America.
Mr. Guinee earned his BS in Finance from Babson College in Babson Park, MA and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in Westwood, CA. Mr. Guinee is also a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program.
Michael J. Kerschner
Michael J. Kerschner has served as Director since 2007 and was elected to the Company board in June 2012. He has been involved in the banking industry since 1974. From January 1990 to September 2010, Mr. Kerschner served as President and CEO of Gillmor Financial Services, Inc. He also served as President and CEO of Old Fort Banking Corporation from March 1988 to July 2007 and was previously CEO of Tiffin Savings Bank from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Kerschner has also successfully completed and taught several courses for the BancOhio Educational Center, in addition to completing various American Institute of Banking certification courses and the Prochnow Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Kerschner is extensively involved in his community and has served on many boards and committees, including those of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio, the Ohio Bankers League, the Independent Community Bankers Association, the Federal Legislative Committee, the Great Lakes Bankers Bank, the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation, the Seneca County United Way, the St. Francis Nursing Home, Seneca Career Systems, and Tiffin Theatre, Inc. (Ritz). In addition, he is a past trustee of Heidelberg College and serves on the Finance Committee of St. Mary’s Church, of which he is a member.
Bradford B. Kopp
Bradford B. Kopp has served as a Director of First Florida Integrity Bank since December 2013 and of the Company since January 2014. Mr. Kopp is a senior advisor to Lightyear Capital, LLC, as well as a financial services executive who has spent most of his career working with banks and related financial companies. He is currently advising a number of companies in the financial sector on strategic alternatives and profitability improvement initiatives.
Mr. Kopp recently served as President and CEO of Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son. After joining the company in 2009, he orchestrated a recapitalization of the bank with a group of institutional investors and returned the bank to profitability. Mr. Kopp worked for RBS Citizens Financial Group from 1993 to 2009. He served as CFO and Head of Strategy and played a key role in growing the bank from a small Rhode Island institution to the tenth largest bank in the U.S. with significant operations in New England, the Mid Atlantic states and the Midwest. Prior to that, Mr. Kopp spent 12 years at Lehman Brothers in the financial institutions group, where he advised banks and thrifts on capital raising and strategic issues.
Mr. Kopp is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Dulce V. Dudley
Dulce V. Dudley, M.D., FAAP., previously served as one of our Bank directors. She has been a practicing pediatrician in Naples since 1988. Dr. Dudley was a founding partner of Anchor Health Centers, a multi-specialty group which grew to more than 60 physicians and which, in 2010, partnered with the NCH Healthcare System to form the NCH Healthcare Group. In April of 2015, she co-founded Lighthouse Pediatrics of Naples, a faith-based pediatric practice where she not only ministers to the physical needs of her patients but also the spiritual needs of her patients and their families.
The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Dr. Dudley was born in New York City and raised in the Dominican Republic. She was educated at the Carol Morgan School of Santo Domingo, studied pre-med at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) and received her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Este (UCE). Dr. Dudley trained at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and Miami Children’s Hospital where she completed her pediatric residency. She is a past president of the Collier County Medical Society.
Dr. Dudley has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County and the Collier Chapter of the American Heart Association. She enjoys mentoring the next generation, especially those interested in going into the medical field. She is active in her church, First Baptist Church of Naples, and travels to Latin America several times a year on Christian medical mission trips with Orphan’s Heart. Dr. Dudley is an alumna of the Leadership Collier program Class of 2000. She was named 2001 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and 2005 Woman of Initiative Honoree by the Community Foundation of Collier County. As a member of our board of directors, Dr. Dudley has extensive ties to our local community which assists us in our strategic planning, business development and customer relations.
James S. Lindsay
James S. Lindsay has served as Director since October 2009 and as a director of the Company since June 2012. He has been a self employed realtor based in Naples, Florida since 1981 and is a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Florida Association of Realtors. He has held various board positions with financial institutions. Mr. Lindsay was a Director of Southwest Banks, Inc. from 1989 through 1997, at which time Southwest Banks was acquired by F.N.B. Corporation.
Mr. Lindsay then served as a director of F.N.B. Corporation from 1997 through December 2003. At that time, Mr. Lindsay resigned from the board in connection with the spin-off of First National Bankshares of Florida, Inc. from F.N.B. Corporation. He then served on the board of First National Bankshares of Florida, Inc. and as a board member of its lead banking affiliate, First National Bank of Florida. He held these positions from August 2003 through December 2004. In January 2005, he became a member of the Fifth Third Bancorp Florida affiliate board of directors, a position he held until June 2007.
Mr. Lindsay is a graduate of Moorhead State University earning his B.A. degree in business management. He serves on the board of the Aqualane Shores Homeowners Association and the board of the Big Sugar Bush Lake Association in Ogema, Minnesota.
Edward J. Mace
Edward J. Mace has served as Director since October 2009 and was elected as a Director of the Company in June 2012. He has been the owner of Edward J. Mace, Certified Public Accountant, a sole proprietorship, since 1985. He also is the Chief Operating Officer of Ribek Corporation, an investment management entity, a position that he has held since 1982. Mr. Mace has held various board positions with financial institutions for almost 20 years. He was a director of Southwest Banks, Inc. from 1989 through 1997, at which time Southwest Banks was acquired by F.N.B. Corporation. Mr. Mace then served as a director of F.N.B. Corporation from 1997 through December 2003 and was also the chairman of the Audit Committee during this time.
He resigned from the board in connection with the spin-off of First National Bankshares of Florida, Inc. from F.N.B. Corporation. Mr. Mace then served on the board and as chairman of the Audit Committee of First National Bankshares of Florida, Inc., and as a board member of its lead banking affiliate, First National Bank of Florida. He held these positions from August 2003 through December 2004. In January of 2005, he became a member of the Fifth Third Bancorp Florida affiliate board of directors. He held this position until June of 2006.
Mr. Mace earned his A.A. degree at Miami-Dade Community College and graduated from Florida International University earning his B.A. degree in accounting. Mr. Mace became a certified public accountant in 1979.
Donald Major has served as Director since October 2009. He has held the position of President of Summit Medical Supplies, Inc. since 1976. This company is located in Naples, Florida and is a distributor of medical supplies, both wholesale and retail. Mr. Major was both an organizer and Director of First National Bank of Naples from 1989 through 2000.
Mr. Major is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.
Garrett S. Richter
President and CEO
Garrett S. Richter serves as President, CEO and Director of First Florida Integrity Bank and as President of TGR Financial, Inc. Prior to October 2009, Mr. Richter served in a similar capacity for First Florida Integrity Bank (in organization) from 2007.
Garrett was a founder and former President and CEO of First National Bank of Florida, which was acquired in 2005 by Fifth Third Bancorp. In addition, he was a founding director and organizer of First National Bank of Naples, where he served as President of the company prior to its affiliation with F.N.B. Corporation in 1997.
Mr. Richter served as the President Pro Tempore of the Florida Senate from 2012 to 2016. He completed his final term as a Florida State Senator in November, 2016.
During his tenure in the Florida Senate, Garrett was chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, chairman of the Senate Committee on Gaming and chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections. He also served as chairman of the Florida Defense Task Force and the Public Service Commission Nominating committee. Additionally, he served on the Appropriations and Rules committees along with a number of other policy related committees.
In 2016, the Florida Bankers Association named Garrett the Banker of the Year, Junior Achievement selected him as one of their entrepreneurial laureates and the Boy Scouts of SW Florida selected him as a citizen of the year.
He is a founding trustee of the Quest for Success program that focuses on improving the life of a child through education and a board member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Collier County Economic Accelerator. He is an alumni and past Board of Regents member for Leadership Florida and past chairman of Leadership Collier.
Garrett served with the 75th Ranger Company in Vietnam. In 1971 he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Garrett is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Graduate School of Banking at Madison, Wisconsin.
Gary L. Tice
Gary L. Tice has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of First Florida Integrity Bank since October 2009 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TGR Financial, Inc. since November 2011. Prior to October 2009, Mr. Tice served in the same capacity for First Florida Integrity Bank (in organization) from 2007.
Mr. Tice has been involved in banking in Florida for almost 40 years. Previously, Mr. Tice served as Chairman of First National Bankshares of Florida, Inc., a Naples-based financial services company with $5.4 billion in assets and 77 full-service banking centers, from January 2004 to January 2005. First National Bankshares was the largest publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Florida when it was acquired by Fifth Third Bancorp in 2005.
Prior to that, Mr. Tice was President and Chief Executive Officer of F.N.B. Corporation, a diversified financial services holding company with offices in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee, from 1997 to 2004. During his tenure with F.N.B. Corporation, the company grew to more than $8.1 billion in total assets. In 2004, F.N.B. Corporation spun off its Florida banking operations into a separate company, of which Mr. Tice became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Mr. Tice was a founding director and organizer of First National Bank of Naples, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer prior to its affiliation with F.N.B. Corporation in 1997.
In 2003, Mr. Tice was honored as a finalist for the Financial Services category in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Awards program. He was chosen by an independent panel of judges for outstanding leadership and the consistent growth of F.N.B. Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Tice was named to the Collier County Junior Achievement Business Leadership Hall of Fame for service as a “champion of free enterprise.” Mr. Tice has held leadership roles in a number of local, state and national organizations over the years and is a past director of the American Bankers Association (the “ABA”), a past member of the Administrative Committee of the Community Bankers Council of the ABA and a past director of the Florida Bankers Association.
Mr. Tice was appointed in January 2011 as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Miami Branch for a term of three years and was reappointed in January 2014 for an additional three year term. Mr. Tice was appointed in June 2011 as a director of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for a term of three years and was named a member of the Florida Bankers Association Government Relations Committee for the 2013 – 2014 year term and continues to serve through 2015 – 2016.
Robert T. Zellers
Robert T. Zellers has served as Director since October 2009. He was born in Pompano Beach, Florida and relocated to Naples in 1972. Mr. Zellers graduated from Naples High School and the Ford Marketing Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked full-time at Tamiami Ford since 1976. Mr. Zellers is active in his local church, having served on various committees and boards at New Hope Ministries and Parkway Community Church in Naples. He is also active in many local charities such as Saint Matthews House, Immokalee Mission, and Habitat for Humanity and currently serves on the board for Light to the Nations, a faith-based organization based in Ft. Myers, Florida. He has acted as the contractor for the construction of three homes, three large dealership projects and a shopping center. Mr. Zellers has a wealth of knowledge regarding the businesses and property in and around Naples and has been the President of Tamiami Ford since 1986, managing three locations. Mr. Zellers also purchased the local Hyundai and Mitsubishi dealerships in Naples in 2008 and serves as President and CEO for all three businesses. The businesses have a total number of 175 employees with sales revenue of approximately $870 million in 2011.