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South Florida banking giant invests in Tampa Bay expansion


  • By Jim Stinson
  • | 5:00 a.m. February 4, 2024
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Coral Gables-based Amerant Bank, with $9.3 billion in assets, has opened its first banking center in Tampa. 

Situated in the Westshore business district, the 2,700-square-foot branch is on the first floor of the Urban Centre Building, 4830 W. Kennedy Blvd. Amerant officials say the location is positioned near 4,000 small and large businesses, as well as residential areas.

Jerry Plush, CEO of Amerant Bank.
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Complementing Amerant's loan production office, which opened in June 2022, the new full-service Tampa banking center will offer an array of customized banking services for consumers and businesses, along with private client services and commercial banking, the bank officials say.

"This expansion not only demonstrates our continued growth, but also solidifies our presence in the area as we look to support this vibrant community," says Jerry Plush, chairman and CEO of Amerant Bank, in the statement.

Amerant will also open a new regional corporate office before the end of the first quarter of 2024, the bank says. Located in the same building as the banking center, the office will have 11,000 square feet and will be home to team members across business lines, the bank says.

"We intend to continue to expand our presence in Tampa not only with the hiring of additional team members at our new regional headquarters, but to also look to add additional branch locations in the greater Tampa market," says Plush.

Amerant Bank, with a presence across South Florida and Houston, is the main subsidiary of Amerant Bancorp, which is traded on the NYSE. The bank says it has been serving clients for more than 40 years.

 

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Jim Stinson

Jim Stinson is the Business Observer's Tampa Bay business reporter and editor, having previously written about business and policy in Washington, D.C.; Rochester, New York; Gary, Indiana; and Daytona Beach. He attended Boston University for business and Indiana University for journalism.

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