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Business Observer Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 2 weeks ago

Locally owned bank hires senior vice president, market president

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Adam Curtis, formerly of Freedom Bank, Regions Bank and SunTrust Bank, has joined St. Petersburg-based BayFirst National Bank.

BayFirst National Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of St. Petersburg-based BayFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: BAFN) and formerly known as First Home Bank, has hired industry veteran Adam Curtis as its new senior vice president and Pinellas County market president.

According to a news release, Curtis brings a wealth of experience in Florida’s banking industry to his new role. Prior to joining BayFirst, he served as executive vice president and senior lender at Freedom Bank, another St. Pete-based community bank, which was acquired by Seacoast Bank in 2020.

Over the course of his two-decade banking career, the release states, Curtis has also held leadership roles at Regions Bank, Hancock Bank and SunTrust Bank. At BayFirst, he will be responsible for maximizing the profitability of commercial and personal loan production in Pinellas County, in addition to overseeing staff management, driving new business deposits and loan relationships and developing bank products and services at the bank’s five Pinellas County branches, located in Belleair Bluffs, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Pinellas Park and Clearwater.

“Adam brings with him decades of community banking experience and incomparable first-hand knowledge of the Tampa Bay market, which both will prove vital as he takes the reins in the county where our bank has the largest presence,” BayFirst Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer Matt Luckey states in the release. “I am confident that he will play a crucial role in the advancement of BayFirst’s overall strategic initiatives, and I look forward to seeing his direct impact on the communities of Pinellas County and on our bank as an organization.”

As of June 30, BayFirst had $921.9 million in total assets. In 2021, it reported gross revenue of $149.64 million, up from $123.82 million in 2020 — an increase of nearly 21%.

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