Corporate Board and selected Senior Managers
Non-directors pictured: Thomas P. Abelmann and Anne Kelley
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Back Row (L- R): Joseph M. Flammio, Hubert C. Normile, Jr., Mark Merlo, Warren O. Griffin, Thomas P. Abelmann, Ralph V. Hadley, III, Craig M. McAllaster, Richard O. Baldwin.
Front Row (L - R): Robert B. Goldstein, Dale Dettmer, Anne Kelley, James T. Barnes, Jr., Jacqueline Bradley, Donald J. McGowan, Allan E. Keen.
Not Shown: Kevin F. Bowler
Richard O. Baldwin, Jr.
Corporate Board Member
Richard O. Baldwin, Jr. serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at BankFIRST. He began his tenure as a Director in the early 1990’s and has been involved in the banking industry since 1984.
Baldwin is Chairman and CEO of Celebris Memorial Services (a funeral home and cemetery business) in Quebec and owner of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society of Winter Park, FL.
In addition to his service to BankFIRST, Baldwin is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center (of Winter Park), serves on the UCF Foundation and the Dean’s Executive Counsel at the University of Central Florida, and serves on the Board of Directors of the nation’s largest funeral industry group, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.
Baldwin is a graduate of Winter Park High School, Miami-Dade Community College with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science, and the University of Central Florida with a BSBA in Accountancy.
Kevin F. Bowler
Corporate Board Member
Kevin F. Bowler joined BankFIRST's Corporate Board of Directors in 2012, and previously served as a Board Member at East Coast Community Bank for the past 6 years. He brings an expansive business background and diverse financial expertise to his role, and his contributions are numerous.
Bowler is the President of Daytona Beverages, LLC, distributors of Anheuser-Busch brands and other craft and micro products. He assumed this role in 1995 when he left Anheuser-Busch, Inc of St. Louis, MO and moved to Daytona Beach, Florida.
During his twenty-six year employment at Anheuser-Busch, Kevin served as President of Eagle Snacks, which, at the time, was the second largest snack food company in the United States. His involvement with Eagle Snacks began at its inception as an Anheuser-Busch Company where his contributions resulted in the growth of over $500 million in sales.
Since moving to Daytona Beach, Kevin has held various offices of community groups including board member for the United Way of Volusia County, The Daytona Beach Chamber, Vice-Chair Business Development Partnership, The Mayor's Task Force on Special Events, Civic Pride, and numerous other civic and charitable activities. In addition, he aids with the organization of the annual Michelob Ultra Open Golf Tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties, which has provided funding of over $1,000,000 to their clubs.
Kevin received his undergraduate degree from Providence College in Providence, RI and received his MBA from Hofstra University in New York.
Kevin is married to Jennifer Bowler, is fiercely proud of his seven children and resides in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Jacqueline L. Bradley
Corporate Board Member
Jacqueline L. Bradley serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at BankFIRST. She joined the Board in April 2005, and has a diverse background, spanning both the financial and consulting fields.
Bradley currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Orange County Expressway Authority, and continues to provide support to philanthropies throughout the Central Florida community. Two organizations to which she has strong ties include the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, where she serves as a Board Member, as well as the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, Bradley serves on the Board of Trustees of The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and is an active Board Member of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
An alumnus of Yale College, Bradley received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science in 1979. She continued her educational career by graduating from Columbia University Graduate School of Business with a Masters in Business Administration in 1982. Ms. Bradley currently resides with her family in the community of Isleworth in Windermere, Florida.
Dale A. Dettmer
Dale A. Dettmer is Vice Chairman of the BankFIRST Corporate Board of Directors, and a Director of the BANKshares, Inc. He has practiced law in Melbourne, FL since 1974, and is a partner of the law firm of Krasny and Dettmer, Melbourne. Dettmer’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business law, real estate and estate planning. He is board certified in taxation by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Dettmer received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in 1967; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 1971; and a J.D. with honors from the University of Florida.
Dettmer is a member of the Florida Bar and the Brevard County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the United States Tax Court. He is also a member of the Tax Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Dettmer is past chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne; past chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of the Health First Foundation, and past chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Brevard, Inc. He is also past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Melbourne Kidney Center, Inc.
Joseph M. Flammio, CFP™
Corporate Board Member
Joseph M. Flammio retired from the investment business in 1999. He joined A.G. Edwards in 1971 and supervised the development of five branch offices. In 1980, he received his Certified Financial Planner™ designation.
Flammio co-founded Reliance Bank and The Bank Brevard. He is past President of the Estate Planning Council, a charter member of the International Association of Financial Planners, a former Director of the Community Foundation of Brevard, and is currently a Trustee at Florida Institute of Technology.
Flammio came to Florida in 1966 as a member of the Grumman-Apollo team that landed men on the moon. He attended college in New York and is a Navy veteran.
Robert B. Goldstein
Corporate Board Member
Robert B. Goldstein is a founding Principal in CapGen Capital Advisers, a private equity fund that invests in banks and financial service companies. His experience includes many years in commercial banks, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions. Over the years, he has been CEO of numerous banks and thrifts, and on the boards of directors as both a management member as well as serving as an independent director. The institutions range in size from small to large cap and have been located in various geographic areas. Goldstein draws from a team of highly experienced bankers who bring skills in such diverse areas as risk management, asset quality administration, audit, finance and marketing.
In addition to his role as a Director of both BankFIRST and as Chairman of the board of The BANKshares, Inc, Goldstein is a Founding Principal of CapGen Capital Advisers; serves on the Board of Directors of FNB Corporation, Hermitage, PA; serves on the Board of Directors of Seacoast Banking Corporation and Seacoast National Bank, Stuart, FL; as well as on the board of Palmetto Bancshares, Inc. and Palmetto Bank, Greenville, SC; also on the board of Hampton Road Bankshares, Inc., Norfolk, VA and is a member of the Executive Network of Glencoe Capital LLC of Chicago, IL. Among other achievements, he was named "Businessperson of the Year" in New Haven.
Goldstein received a B.B.A. degree from Texas Christian University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an Honor Student in the University of Texas program for merit scholars. He also served for seven years on the faculty of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Warren O. Griffin
Corporate Board Member
Warren O. Griffin is a founding Member of the Board of Directors at BankFIRST, dating back to the bank’s inception in 1989.
Griffin’s career in the architectural and engineering industry spans more than 50 years. He is the former President of Mayes, Sudderth and Etheredge, Inc. serving as Principal-in-Charge. He was a Principal of Concorde Development Group, Inc., and a Licensed Real Estate Salesman, with activities oriented primarily toward the development of commercial real estate. Presently, Griffin serves as a General Partner of Phillips Place, Ltd., as well as Sole Proprietor of a construction management and construction inspection business.
Griffin received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He also earned his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina.
Ralph V. Hadley, III
Corporate Board Member
Ralph V. Hadley, III has been an active member of the BankFIRST Board of Directors since 1989, and also serves as Legal Counsel for the bank.
Hadley has served as Counsel for numerous Central Florida financial institutions and their respective Holding Companies, including: Orange Federal Savings and Loan Association, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Osceola County, and General Counsel and Director of First State Bank of Winter Garden, and Tucker State Bank, where he also served as Vice Chairman of Tucker Holding Company. His practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, banking, commercial real estate, corporate law, and mediation.
Hadley is a Past Board Member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and Spouse Abuse, Inc. Hadley is a Member of the Orange County and American Bar Associations, The Florida Bar, and the State Bar of California.
He is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1965, and his J.D. in 1968.
Allan Enright Keen
BankFIRST Corporate Board of Directors
Allan E. Keen is Vice Chairman of the BankFIRST Corporate Board of Directors.
Keen received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics from Rollins College, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins. In 2010, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) degree was awarded to Keen at the College’s annual Commencement. He is the Chairman and CEO of The Keewin Real Property Company, a real estate development, investment, and brokerage company located in Winter Park, FL. Founded in 1978, Keewin had entitled, developed and/or marketed over 15,000 single-family and townhome residential lots, making the company the largest residential lot developer in Central Florida. In addition, the Company has represented numerous corporations and other clients in the acquisition of real estate, including acting as the exclusive real estate broker for the purchase of over 1,000 acres of land that is today Universal Studios Florida. Keen and Keewin have been involved in over $500 million dollars of real estate transactions since the company’s formation.
Elected to the Rollins College Board of Trustees in 1989, Keen served as Chairman of the Rollins Board from 2006 - 2008, and continues to serve on the Board, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the College. In 2009, Keen was elected as a Founding Board Member of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., and in 2010 Keen was elected Chairman of the Catholic Foundation. Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mr. Keen in 2001 to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority Board of Directors, where he served as Chairman until January 2007. He is past Chairman of the Winter Park Health Foundation Board of Trustees, and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Valencia Community College, as well as a member of the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida. Other Board memberships include RMT Woodworth, LLC (a heavy metal heat-treating company based in Detroit, MI), Enhanced Vehicle Applications, LLC (a GPS tracking device company for fleet trucks based in Green Bay, WI), The BANKshares, Inc., and Plus One Solutions, Inc. (a service industry management company based in Orange County, FL.
Keen was named one of Florida's Five Outstanding Young Men by the Florida Jaycees in 1978, and honored as the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2002. In addition, Keen was featured in a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal in May 1986.
Mr. Keen is married and has two (2) daughters, and is a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park.
Craig M. McAllaster
Corporate Board Member
Dr. Craig M. McAllaster has been a member of the BankFIRST Board of Directors since 2003. In addition, he currently serves as Chairman of the audit committee and Vice Chairman of the technology committee.
McAllaster is the dean and Professor of Management at the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He has served on the faculties of Alfred State College, Cornell University and the University of Central Florida. McAllaster has worked in executive positions at Consolidated Foods, AVX Corporation and Loral Corporation.
McAllaster has consulted with numerous companies. His clients have included Mobil, IBM, Reader’s Digest, National Science Foundation, Aramark, Xerox, Monsanto, Allied Waste, AT&T, Texaco, Black & Decker, TRW, Pacific Gas & Electric, Consolidated Edison, and Brunswick Corporation.
In 1999, Dr. McAllaster joined the board of directors of CNL Hotels & Resorts, a public, unlisted REIT valued at $40 million. During his time on the board he served as chair of the audit committee, chair of the corporate governance committee and as a member of the special committee. During his tenure, CNL became one of the largest and most distinctive lodging companies in the country. In April 2007, the company was purchased for $6.6 billion by Morgan Stanley.
In January 2001 he joined the board of managers for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust, a position held until January 2005 when the board was reorganized. He was appointed to the Nemours Florida board of managers in 2009.
In January 2009, McAllaster was appointed as a commissioner for the Orlando Utilities Commission, a governing board responsible for setting the utility’s rates and operating policies. Currently serving as second vice president, he served two years as chair of the audit committee and currently sits on the finance committee.
McAllaster serves as a board member of the AACSB International currently a member of the finance committee and recently served as President of the Southern Business Deans Association. He is a member of National Association of Corporate Directors and the Academy of Management.
Active in Central Florida, he has been involved with Junior Achievement, Manufacturers Association of Central Florida, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Metro-Orlando International Affairs Commission, Central Florida Partnership, MyRegion.org and the Nemours Council. He currently serves on the Orange County Sheriffs Citizen Advisory Council and the Geneva School Advisory Board.
McAllaster earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, an M.S. from Alfred University, and an M.A. and doctorate from Columbia University.
Mark G. Merlo
Mark G. Merlo is a member of BankFIRST’s Corporate Board of Directors, and a Principal of Castle Creek Capital (“Castle Creek”), one of the Company’s primary institutional investors, where he works with portfolio companies, mergers and acquisitions and the raising of new private placement equity. From 1998 to 2006 he served on the Board of Directors of State National Bancshares, Inc.
Prior to joining Castle Creek, Merlo spent approximately twelve years with various banking institutions, including Mercantile Bancorp where he was Vice President of Secondary Marketing for the Mortgage Banking Division. Prior to Mercantile Bancorp, Merlo worked at United Postal Bancorporation as Vice President and Investment Portfolio Manager. He previously served in a similar capacity for Farm Credit Bank of St. Louis.
Merlo currently serves on the Board of Directors of Atlanta Bancorporation, Inc. and Carlile Bancshares, Inc., and their subsidiary banks.
Hubert C. Normile, Jr.
Corporate Board Member
Hubert C. Normile, Jr. has served on the bank’s Board of Directors since 1996, and has been practicing law since 1967. Normile’s professional expertise spans over four decades. He is Of Counsel with Gray Robinson, P.A. in Melbourne, FL. Previously he was an Executive Partner for Holland & Knight LLP in Melbourne, and a Shareholder with Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A.
Normile has extensive experience in the banking industry, including having served on the SunTrust Advisory Board, Brevard County; Organizer and Founding Director, Reliance Bank; and Organizer and Founding Director, The Bank Brevard.
His additional affiliations include: Florida Bar Association, Member; Brevard County Bar Association, Member and Past President; Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Member; Florida Bar Legislative Committee, Member; Real Estate Attorneys Liaison Committee, Chairman; and Real Estate and Banking Section of Florida Bar, Member.
Normile serves Florida and the Space Coast community in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Brevard County Housing Finance Authority and is a Board Member and former Chairman of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Trustee of the Eleanor Kristensen, Bristol-Hansen and Marian M. Jackson Foundations. Normile is a former board member of the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program, and is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Mediator.
In 2009, Normile was appointed for a two-year term by Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez to the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, and was recently certified by the Supreme Court as a circuit mediator.
Normile received his B.A. from Guilford College, Guilford, NC in 1965, J.D. degree from University of Florida in 1967, and attended Northwestern University School of Law, School for Prosecuting Attorneys in 1968.