Press Release


First Citrus Bank

Tampa, Florida

For information contact: 
John M. Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer


First Citrus Bank Adds Kennedy Boulevard Location

Tampa, FL (June 29, 2009). First Citrus Bank
announces the opening of its fifth branch location at 4302 West Kennedy Boulevard in the Westshore Business District of Tampa, Florida.  The new branch opened for business on Monday, June 22, 2009. 

Geared to serve businesses and consumers from downtown Tampa to the Westshore Business District, the new 3,000 square foot building offers all banking services such as deposit and savings accounts for businesses and consumers but also offers early and late drive thru service, courier deposit pickup and remote deposit capture services. The bank is also seeking loan inquiries from area businesses and will meet prospective business clients by appointment at the bank or the clients' office.

Christie Kohler, an eight-year veteran of First Citrus Bank, was appointed Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for the Kennedy office in June 2009.  She previously managed First Citrus Bank’s South Tampa office located at 4240 Henderson Boulevard since late 2005.  Jana P. Snyder was appointed Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender for this new location.

“First Citrus Bank has worked hard to establish a well integrated presence in the ‘south of Kennedy’ market, says John M. ‘Jack’ Barrett, President, “we are pleased to be opening a branch at a time when many peers are consolidating their operations.”  The bank is an active member of the Westshore Alliance, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and participates on the boards of The Centre for Women and Tampa Interbay Rotary Club among other community organizations. 

“Our daily goal is to provide outstanding client service combined with excellent banking products. New clients will enjoy our highly personalized approach to banking.  At First Citrus Bank, you will get to know your banker and your banker will know you.  We intend to earn your business every day” commented Jessica L. Kendall, Vice President and Branch Administrator.

Management of First Citrus Bank is headquartered at its corporate office at 10824 North Dale Mabry in Carrollwood. With assets exceeding $255 million, the bank focuses its lending and banking services on businesses and individuals in Tampa Bay.

During the month of July, the new Kennedy branch is hosting a continuous open house and invites business owners and neighbors to drop in for a cold bottle of water during the hot summer weather.  The branch lobby is open from 9am to 4pm Monday thru Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday.  To reach the Kennedy branch directly, please call 813-422-6625.

More About First Citrus Bank

First Citrus Bank offers a broad range of commercial and retail banking services, including various types of deposit accounts, loans for businesses and individuals and highly personalized service.  Courier service is available for pick up of business customer deposits throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. 

First Citrus Bank has five locations conveniently located throughout Hillsborough County – Citrus Park, South Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood and Westshore.

First Citrus Bank has experienced double-digit annual growth since its inception (1998) and is recognized for integrity, teamwork and professionalism based on core values and cardinal business principles of “safety and soundness first”.

The Citrus Park office at 13850 Sheldon Road is a high-performing, full-service branch committed to serving Citrus Park, Odessa and the surrounding areas of Keystone, Odessa and Westchase, as well as Carrollwood.  The branch is managed by Derrick Shearer.

The South Tampa office is conveniently located at 4240 Henderson Boulevard in a state-of-the-art facility, free-standing 3,200 square foot building providing a full array of banking services.  The branch is managed by Jessica Doepker

The Brandon office at 1314 Oakfield Drive is well situated to serve the businesses and residents of Brandon, Valrico, Mango, Seffner and Plant City. The free-standing facility has a full service lobby plus safe deposit boxes and three drive-through lanes.  The branch is managed by Keri Ricci.

Serving businesses and consumers from Bayshore Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard, the Kennedy branch is located at 4302 West Kennedy Boulevard.  Conveniently located between downtown Tampa and the western edge of Tampa Bay the branch also offers courier service for the convenience of its business clients.   The branch is managed by Christie Kohler.

First Citrus Bank headquarters are located at 10824 North Dale Mabry in the Carrollwood area of Tampa, Florida.  A 16,000 square foot three-story facility serving Carrollwood and the surrounding area houses the bank’s loan and deposit operations as well as its executive offices.  The flagship branch is managed by Heather Hudson.

State-chartered and a commercial independent bank, First Citrus Bank was established in February 1999.  The Bank is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLB) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

For additional information or questions, please contact:
John M. Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer or
John T. Linton, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
10824 North Dale Mabry, Tampa, Florida 33618
Phone: 813-926-2848