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Business Observer Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 5 months ago

Area bank, with $1.5 billion in assets, adds new board members

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Dr. Alex Harris, Barbara Zipperian bring nonprofit, banking experience to company’s slate of directors

ST. PETERSBURG — First Home Bancorp Inc. and its primary subsidiary, First Home Bank, have expanded their boards of directors to include two new members. First Home Bank had $1.5 billion in assets through Sept. 30. 

One member, Alex Harris is CEO of Arts Conservancy for Teens in St. Petersburg, a nonprofit that provides arts-related programming before and after school for underprivileged students in Pinellas County. He is also the creative strategist and senior executive consultant at Three Doors Enterprises LLC, a Tampa firm that was formed in 2004, and previously worked as the curriculum director for the Royal Theater Boys & Girls Arts Academy.

The other new member, Barbara Zipperian, is a certified public accountant and a former CFO who spent nearly four decades in the banking sector before retiring. Most recently, she worked as an executive vice president, CFO and a director of Tennessee Bank & Trust. Prior to that, she was the CFO for Avenue Bank and also worked as a regional financial officer for Regions Bank.

COURTESY PHOTO — Barbara Zipperian has been appointed to the board of directors for First Home Bancorp and First Home Bank.

“Dr. Harris and Ms. Zipperian are important strategic additions to this organization,” says First Home CEO Anthony Leo in a statement. “By adding professionals with backgrounds in the arts, education and finance, we bring a broader perspective to the boards of First Home Bancorp and First Home Bank.

St. Petersburg-based First Home Bancorp operates six full-service banking centers throughout Tampa Bay. The company specializes in providing loans to small businesses that are guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It also operates a nationwide mortgage lending division with 28 residential loan production offices.

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