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Bank appoints pair of new regional leaders

Earnest Wilks has been with Regions Bank for 17 years.

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Courtesy. Regions Bank Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking Earnest Wilks.
Courtesy. Regions Bank Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking Earnest Wilks.
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FORT MYERS — Regions Bank named a new top executive for its Southwest Florida market,  appointing Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking Earnest Wilks to the position.

Wilks, according to a statement, will be the bank’s Market Executive for Fort Myers and surrounding communities in Lee and Charlotte counties. The bank also named Jeff Hunt a senior vice president and consumer banking manager, leading branch-banking operations for Regions in both Fort Myers and Naples.

Wilks joined Regions 17 years ago and has served in a number of positions within the company’s Commercial Banking group across the Southeast, the release states. He has worked in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and South Florida for the bank.

“Fort Myers is an important contributor to the growth of our state’s economy,” Wilks says in the statement “As Market Executive, I am honored to lead the collaboration of Regions professionals who are driven to help our clients succeed individually, while also contributing to our entire region’s success.”

Hunt has had a 27-year career in banking that spans areas along the East Coast, Oklahoma and Texas. He has worked for a number of financial institutions during his career including BBVA, BB&T, Carolina First Bank, Chevy Chase Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Union Planters Bank, the release states. “Regions is uniquely positioned to offer the comprehensive services of a larger bank while also providing local bankers who are constantly in touch with the needs of individual customers in our communities,” Hunt says in the statement.




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