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Prominent banker joins industry advocacy group

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After four decades of running banks, including some of the largest in Florida, Bill Klich will now spend some of his retirement advising bank board directors.

Klich, who retired in 2010, was recently named to the American Association of Bank Directors' board of advisers. The Washington D.C-based nonprofit association focuses on education and advocacy for bank directors.

“Bill brings to AABD a wealth of practical experience and expertise in commercial banking and risk management at both large and community banks,” AABD Chairman Charles Thayer says in a press release. “As one of the finest bank CEOs in the U.S., he will provide AABD members with invaluable support for the challenges they face.”

Klich was well known in Gulf Coast banking circles as president of the Florida division of BB&T, where he was based in St. Petersburg. He was chairman of the Florida Bankers Association, in addition to his leadership posts at BB&T. Klich was also president and CEO of Republic Bancshares and Republic Bank, which grew to a $2.8 billion institution under his leadership. BB&T bought Republic Bank in 2004.


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