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Bank promotes longtime employee to leadership post

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 8:25 a.m. September 6, 2023
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Crews Bank & Trust has promoted longtime employee Melissa Black to the position of assistant vice president and retail banking officer. 

Black will oversee both the East Arcadia branch and the original North Arcadia location, which is expected to re-open late this year after major renovations. Black, according to a statement, will manage the day-to-day operations of the branches. Her other responsibilities will be creating a focused business plan for future growth and success in the Arcadia area.

“Melissa has held so many positions in our bank,” Market President Justin Fussell says in the statement. “I am excited to see her taking this next step in her career. She is a natural leader and has proven herself again and again. This is a well-deserved promotion.”

Black, who has over 26 years of experience in all areas of banking with Crews Bank & Trust, worked her way through the ranks, starting as a bookkeeper and moving on to customer service, both roles including supervisory aspects. “I love banking and our hometown bank atmosphere,” Black says in the release. “We have a lot of amazing customers and I look forward to working with them and our staff in my new position.”

Crews Bank & Trust recently announced that its four entities — Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Crews Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and Wauchula State Bank — will be folded into one brand under the Crews  Bank & Trust name.  The combined banks in total have nearly $2.5 billion in assets.



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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