Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Management

David M. Findlay
David M. Findlay
President and Chief Executive Officer
David M. Findlay David M. Findlay serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Financial and Lake City Bank. Mr. Findlay also served as President and Chief Financial Officer from 2010-2014 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000-2010. Prior to joining Lakeland Financial in September 2000, Mr. Findlay served as the Chief Financial Officer of Quality Dining Inc., a publicly traded company with its headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Prior to that, he served in various capacities with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Michael L. Kubacki
Michael L. Kubacki
Executive Chairman
Michael L. Kubacki Michael L. Kubacki serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lakeland Financial and Lake City Bank. Mr. Kubacki served as Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Financial and Lake City Bank from 1998 to 2014 and as President from 1998 to 2010. Prior to joining Lakeland Financial in 1998, Mr. Kubacki served as Executive Vice President of The Northern Trust Bank of California, N.A.
Kevin L. Deardorff
Kevin L. Deardorff
Executive Vice President and Retail Banking & Brokerage Manager
Kevin L. Deardorff Kevin L. Deardorff serves as Executive Vice President of Lakeland Financial and head of Retail Banking, positions he has held since 2001. He has served as an officer of Lake City Bank since 1993.
Michael E. Gavin
Michael E. Gavin
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Michael E. Gavin Michael E. Gavin serves as Executive Vice President of Lakeland Financial and Chief Credit Officer, a position he has held since 2011. He joined Lake City Bank in 1992 as Assistant Vice President in Commercial Banking and was promoted to Commercial South Region Manager in 2000. In 2002 Mr. Gavin was promoted to Senior Vice President of Credit Administration. He began his banking career in 1979 in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.
Lisa M. O'Neill
Lisa M. O'Neill
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lisa M. O'Neill Lisa M. O’Neill serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lakeland Financial Corporation and Lake City Bank, a position she has held since April 2014. Prior to that, Ms. O’Neill served as Chief Financial Officer of Bank First National Corporation located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin from 2007-2014. She was the Controller of Private Bancorp, Inc. from 1999-2006 and was with Arthur Andersen in its financial institutions group audit practice from 1989-1999.
Eric H. Ottinger
Eric H. Ottinger
Executive Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager
Eric H. Ottinger Eric H. Ottinger serves as Executive Vice President of Lakeland Financial and head of Commercial Banking, a position which he has held since August 2011. He joined Lake City Bank in April 1999 as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. In April 2002 he was promoted to Commercial East Regional Manager. In April 2009, he was promoted to head of the Wealth Advisory Group. From 1993-1999, Mr. Ottinger was a commercial lending officer at another bank.
Kristin L. Pruitt
Kristin L. Pruitt
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Kristin L. Pruitt Kristin L. Pruitt serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lakeland Financial, a position she has held since 2014. She also serves as Corporate Secretary. She joined Lakeland Financial in 2008 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining Lake City Bank, she served as Assistant General Counsel at 1st Source Bank in South Bend, Indiana, since 2004. From 1999-2004, Ms. Pruitt was associated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP’s Washington DC office as an attorney.

Board of Directors

Blake W. Augsburger
Blake W. Augsburger
Blake W. Augsburger Blake W. Augsburger is Executive Vice President and serves as America’s Country Manager of Harman International Industries Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company that designs and manufactures audio and infotainment products and systems. He also serves as the President of the Harman Professional Division, which is based in Northridge, California.
Robert E. Bartels Jr.
Robert E. Bartels Jr.
Robert E. Bartels Jr. Robert E. Bartels, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Martin’s Super Markets Inc., a regional supermarket chain headquartered in South Bend, Indiana.
Daniel F. Evans Jr.
Daniel F. Evans Jr.
Daniel F. Evans Jr. Daniel F. Evans, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Indiana University Health, a large statewide health care and hospital system headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, Mr. Evans is an attorney with private practice and governmental relations experience. Mr. Evans has strong banking experience, having served as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis from 1987-1990 and as chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board, the regulator of the Federal Home Loan Banks, from 1990-1993.
David M. Findlay
David M. Findlay
David M. Findlay David M. Findlay serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Financial and Lake City Bank. Mr. Findlay also served as President and Chief Financial Officer from 2010-2014 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000-2010. Prior to joining Lakeland Financial in September 2000, Mr. Findlay served as the Chief Financial Officer of Quality Dining Inc., a publicly traded company with its headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Prior to that, he served in various capacities with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas A. Hiatt
Thomas A. Hiatt
Thomas A. Hiatt Thomas A. Hiatt is Managing Director and Founding Partner of Centerfield Capital Partners, an investment firm that provides private equity and mezzanine debt to middle-market companies, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Michael L. Kubacki
Michael L. Kubacki
Chairman
Michael L. Kubacki Michael L. Kubacki serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lakeland Financial and Lake City Bank. Mr. Kubacki served as Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Financial and Lake City Bank from 1998 to 2014 and as President from 1998 to 2010. Prior to joining Lakeland Financial in 1998, Mr. Kubacki served as Executive Vice President of The Northern Trust Bank of California, N.A.
Charles E. Niemier
Charles E. Niemier
Charles E. Niemier Charles E. Niemier is the former Chief Operating Officer of International Operations for Biomet Inc., which is a manufacturer of medical and orthopedic devices based in Warsaw, Indiana. He is also a former director of Biomet, which was a public company during the time he served as a director. Mr. Niemier serves as a trustee of Valparaiso University.
Emily E. Pichon
Emily E. Pichon
Emily E. Pichon Emily E. Pichon is the Chairman of ExTech Plastics Inc., an extruder of film and plastic sheet, and an officer and director of the Olive B. Cole Foundation and the M E Raker Foundation, each a private charitable foundation focused on northeast Indiana education, economic development and conservation based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Steven D. Ross
Steven D. Ross
Steven D. Ross Steven D. Ross is the former President of Heartland Coffee Company, a regional coffee and beverage service company, based in Warsaw, Indiana. Mr. Ross is also the former President of Bertsch Services, Inc., a regional food service and vending company, that was based in Warsaw, Indiana prior to its sale.
Brian J. Smith
Brian J. Smith
Brian J. Smith Brian J. Smith is co-Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Financial Group Inc., a real estate investment and management and consumer finance company based in Elkhart, Indiana.
Bradley J. Toothaker
Bradley J. Toothaker
Bradley J. Toothaker Bradley J. Toothaker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bradley Company, a large Midwest-based, full-service real estate company.
Ronald D. Truex
Ronald D. Truex
Ronald D. Truex Ronald D. Truex is the President of Creighton Brothers, LLC, a diversified agribusiness company focused on egg and grain production, headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana.
M. Scott Welch
M. Scott Welch
Lead Director
M. Scott Welch M. Scott Welch is the Chief Executive Officer of Welch Packaging Group Inc., which is primarily engaged in producing industrial and point-of-purchase packaging and is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana.
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