The new top market executive, Thomas Zernick, will be based in St. Petersburg.
ST. PETERSBURG — Stearns Bank named local banking executive Thomas Zernick Florida market president.
Zernick, according to a release, has more than 30 years' experience in banking and was most recently a senior vice president in charge of SBA lending at HomeBanc in Tampa. He will be based out of the Stearns Bank St. Petersburg office.
“It is with great anticipation that I accept the challenge of growing our small business loan volume and becoming a member of the Stearns Bank team,” Zernick says in the release. “I appreciate the straightforward manner in which Stearns Bank conducts business and look forward to personally serving our customers with the exceptional service they have come to expect.”
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Stearns Bank N.A. is a $1.6 billion employee-owned institution with offices in Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Minnesota. In addition to St. Petersburg, the bank has Florida offices in Sarasota and Venice.