BankFIRST Promotes Joseph M. DeSousa to Regional President, Seminole and Volusia Counties

Joe DeSousaWinter Park, Florida – (January 23, 2014) – Julie Kleffel, BankFIRST Executive Vice President and Commercial Sales Leader, announced today that industry veteran and BankFIRST Area President, Joseph M. DeSousa has been promoted to Regional President, Seminole and Volusia Counties . A long-time resident of Central Florida, DeSousa brings nearly 23 years of commercial and consumer banking experience to the role. He previously served as the BankFIRST Sanford Area President from 2000 – 2005, and rejoined the bank in March 2011. “Joe’s expertise in relationship and client development and commercial lending is extensive and we are tremendously excited to announce his promotion, where he will oversee 4 branch offices in two contiguous counties. His past achievements with the bank are indicative of the value he will continue to bring to the markets he serves,” Kleffel said.

DeSousa’s management experience began in 1998 at AmSouth Bank, where he was instrumental in leading his Orlando branch office in all facets of new business development and consumer lending. Following his tenure with AmSouth, DeSousa was named BankFIRST Sanford Area President in December 2000, where he went on to earn the prestigious “Chairman’s Award” as the Top Lender for 2004, exemplifying his strong leadership, relationship building, mentoring and team building abilities. Prior to rejoining BankFIRST as Area President of the bank’s Sanford location, he held the position of Market President, Volusia County, for First Southern Bank (formerly First Commercial Bank of Florida), and Managing Partner/Financial Advisor for Virtus Financial Partners.

"I am extremely pleased to continue to provide leadership and assist in the continued growth of the BankFIRST organization. I look forward to serving the needs of Seminole and Volusia Counties, and will work cooperatively with our Teams in Sanford, Oviedo-Winter Springs, Ormond Beach, and Port Orange respectively," DeSousa said.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, DeSousa received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development in 1998. To further his professional education, he went on to attain his Series 6, Series 65, Series 63, and Series 215 Licenses. DeSousa is committed to the Sanford community, where he holds affiliations with numerous organizations, including: Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, Member, Past Executive Board Member, and Past Vice President; Sanford Rotary Club, Member; Helen Stairs Theatre, Past Board Member; Leadership Seminole, Past Executive Board Member; Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member, Florida Hospital Foundation, Past Board Member, and West Volusia Youth Football & Cheer Association, Executive Board Member and Coach.