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$2.5 billion bank names new leaders for retail, commercial banking divisions

In total Crews Bank & Trust promotes four bankers.

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 7:36 a.m. July 3, 2023
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  • Manatee-Sarasota
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Four bankers under the Crews Bank & Trust brand have been promoted to high-level executive roles. 

The bank’s four entities — Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Crews Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and Wauchula State Bank — in total have nearly $2.5 billion in assets. The bank recently announced that by fall all the banks will be rebranded under the Crews  Bank & Trust name. 

Promotions include:   

  • Elizabeth Hernandez, named director of retail & business banking. She had most recently been a vice president and branch administration manager, and prior to that she spent eight years as a bookkeeping specialist and supervisor, according to a statement. Hernandez joined Charlotte State Bank & Trust in 2003 as a teller and was promoted to lead teller in four months. She became a personal banker in 2004 and moved to bookkeeping the following year. In her new role with the bank she will develop the retail operational strategy to support growth and oversee customer service. 
  • Christine Davis, named director of commercial banking Services. She began her banking career in 1998 and has experience in retail banking, treasury management and residential lending, the release states. Davis joined Crews Bank & Trust in 2019 as a vice president and relationship manager heading up the bank’s Sarasota office. She then served as senior vice president of retail banking before being promoted to her current position, the release states. In her new role, she will spearhead development of the Treasury Cash Management program along with managing other commercial business services. 
  • Kelly Louke, named a regional retail administrator. Louke, who will serve the southern region, joined Charlotte State Bank & Trust in 1998, the release states. She started as a personal banker and worked her way up to assistant branch manager, then branch manager at the bank’s Murdock branch before being promoted to vice president and transitioning to residential lender and retail banking officer at the bank’s North Port branch. 
  • Michelle Potter, named a regional retail administrator. Potter, who joined Crews Bank & Trust in 1990, will serve the bank’s northern region, started as a teller, then began opening new customer accounts in 1995. Two years later, she moved to bookkeeping, concluding her three-year stint there as head bookkeeper. She was promoted to assistant vice president of retail operations in 2005, and within four years was promoted to vice president. 

"We are thrilled to announce these new roles, as they reflect our commitment to nurturing talent from within our organization” Crews Bank & Trust CEO Jake Crews says in the statement. “Elizabeth, Christine, Kelly, and Michelle have each consistently demonstrated their dedication to providing premier banking services with a hometown touch, and I have full confidence in their ability to thrive in their new positions."

Crews’ great-grandfather founded the bank 93 years ago. Following unification, customers will have access to banking services at 19 branches throughout 13 counties across Central and Southwest Florida, the release states. 



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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