Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Ernest S. Pinner
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Pinner is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company until July 2015. He has been actively involved in the banking business in Central Florida over the past forty years. Mr. Pinner is also the chairman and/or director of the Company’s subsidiary bank. He was the founding President and CEO of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A., which was acquired by the Company in 2002. He was a director of CenterState Bank MidFlorida, N.A., which was acquired by the Company in 2006. Prior to joining the CenterState group in 1999, he had a lengthy career with First Union Bank and was the area President and Senior Vice President of First Union National Bank between 1986 and 1999.
John C. Corbett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Corbett is the President & CEO of the Company(elected in July 2015) and the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of CenterState Bank, N.A., (2003 to present). Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of CenterState Holding Company (2007 to July 2015). Prior to becoming President and CEO of the bank, he served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer (2000 to 2003). Prior to joining the CenterState group in 1999, he worked with Mr. Pinner as Vice Present of Commercial Banking at First Union National Bank in Florida (1990 to 1999). Because of his leadership roles since the founding of the company, he brings a strong historical perspective and working knowledge of our Company which the Board believes contributes considerable value as part of the Board’s deliberations and decision making process.
Jennifer L. Idell
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Idell is the Executive Vice President (April 2017 - present) and Chief Financial Officer of the Company (June 2016 - present) and the Chief Financial Officer of CenterState Bank, N.A. (2010 - present). Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Idell was the Controller and subsequently the CFO of Bank of Florida-Southwest between 2004 and 2010, and in 2008 took on the additional role of CFO for the Bank of Florida-Southeast. She began her banking career in 1996 with First Southern Bank in Boca Raton and was the Controller when she left in 2004.
Daniel E. Bockhorst
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Bockhorst is the Executive Vice President (April 2017 - present) and Chief Risk Officer (2010 to present) of the Company and Executive Vice President of its subsidiary bank, CenterState Bank, N.A. (December 2010 - present). Prior to joining the CenterState group, Mr. Bockhorst was the Director of special loans in Florida for the Royal Bank of Canada, USA (2008-2010), Executive Vice President and Senior Lender for Indian River National Bank (2004-2008), and Senior Vice President Commercial Lender, Fifth Third Bank (1986-2004).
Stephen Dean Young
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Young is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company (April 2016 - present) and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CenterState Bank, N.A. (December 2010 to present). Previously, Mr. Young was the Senior Vice President and Treasurer of CenterState Holding Company (May 2010 to April 2016), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A. (2002 to 2010). Prior to joining the CenterState group, Mr. Young was a Senior accountant with the NCT Group CPAs LLP (2001 to 2002) and with Deloitte & Touche LLP (1998 to 2001).
Beth S. DeSimone
Corporate Secretary
Ms. DeSimone is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company and CenterState Bank, N.A. (2017 - present). Prior to joining the Company, from 2011–2016, Ms. DeSimone was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CommunityOne Bancorp and CommunityOne Bank, N.A. of Charlotte, NC. Ms. DeSimone practiced law for 26 years prior to that at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP, Washington D.C., from 1986-2011, focusing on corporate law, financial services M&A, and bank regulatory and consumer credit matters. Ms. DeSimone is a member of the DC and the Florida bars.

Board of Directors

Ernest S. Pinner
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Pinner is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company until July 2015. He has been actively involved in the banking business in Central Florida over the past forty years. Mr. Pinner is also the chairman and/or director of the Company’s subsidiary bank. He was the founding President and CEO of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A., which was acquired by the Company in 2002. He was a director of CenterState Bank MidFlorida, N.A., which was acquired by the Company in 2006. Prior to joining the CenterState group in 1999, he had a lengthy career with First Union Bank and was the area President and Senior Vice President of First Union National Bank between 1986 and 1999.
Charles W. McPherson
Lead Director
Mr. McPherson is a retired executive with thirty-seven years of experience as a senior level banking executive in Central Florida. Mr. McPherson served as Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Mid-Florida, a $1.5 billion bank with 26 branches in Central Florida between 1988 and 2008. Previously, he was the Chairman, President and CEO of Sun First National Bank of Polk County (1986 – 1988); Group President of Sun First National Bank of Polk County (1984 – 1986); Chairman, President and CEO of Flagship State Bank of Polk County (1979 – 1984); and Executive Vice President of Flagship Bank of Okeechobee (1974 – 1979). Mr. McPherson is also serving as a director of the Company’s subsidiary bank, CenterState Bank, N.A. since April 2011.
James H. Bingham
Mr. Bingham is President of Concire Centers, Inc., a commercial real estate development company, and has been actively involved with the acquisition and development of commercial real estate throughout Florida throughout his career. Mr. Bingham was a founding director of CenterState and served as a director for over ten years. He also has twenty years experience as a director of CenterState Bank, N.A., one of our former subsidiary banks which was merged into the lead subsidiary bank. Mr. Bingham’s thirty plus years experience in the real estate business, from the perspective of both the borrower and lender, is a valuable resource and insight that is shared with the Board as it sets real estate lending strategy and policy.
Michael J. Brown Sr.
Michael J. Brown, Sr. served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCBF Holding Company, Inc. ("HCBF") since its inception, and of Harbor Community Bank since its acquisition by HCBF in 2011, until January 1, 2018 when HCBF merged into the Company. Mr. Brown was the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Harbor Federal Savings and Loan Association (“Harbor Federal”) from 1976 until its sale to National City in 2006. Mr. Brown began his banking career with Prudential Savings & Loan in Clayton, Missouri in 1964 and ultimately became that institution’s Chief Financial Officer. In 1972, he moved to University Federal Savings & Loan Association in Coral Gables, Florida to assume the title of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined Harbor Federal in Fort Pierce, Florida in 1974. Mr. Brown received a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University in 1962. He has served on numerous community, state and national organizations, including serving as Director of America’s Community Bankers, Director of the Florida Bankers Association, and member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Brown also completed two-year appointment on the Thrift Institutions Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and is currently a board member of the Hands Clinic of St. Lucie County and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation. Mr. Brown’s significant experience in and knowledge related to the banking industry will be a valuable asset to CenterState and CenterState Bank, and the integration of CenterState with HCBF.
Charles Dennis Carlton
Charles Dennis Carlton has been a Director of the Company since May 2008. Mr. Carlton is President and owner of Mid-State Realty Company (1975 – present) and a cattle rancher and citrus grower (1976 – present). He is also a director of Farm Credit of Central Florida, an active investor in the central Florida real estate, including citrus groves, land acquisition and development, office buildings and mini warehouses. Mr. Carlton was a founding director of Valrico State Bank, and has served as a director on its board for over twenty years. Mr. Carlton is highly skilled and knowledgeable about real estate in central Florida and his insight and opinion regarding real estate values and operations is a valuable resource which is frequently used by the Board and the Company.
Michael F. Ciferri
Mr. Ciferri, a West Point graduate, has enjoyed a successful 36 year business career starting and purchasing multiple businesses in the United States and the United Kingdom primarily focused on manufacturing, sales and real estate. He currently is President of several family businesses including a management company, a manufacturer’s representative company, a horse ranch and a liquid fertilizer manufacturer company. Mr. Ciferri was a founding director of Gulfstream Business Bank, serving as a director for 14 years and serving as the Chairman of Gulfstream’s holding company board for the past 10 years. He was also a past director of the Barnett Bank of the Treasure Coast. Mr. Ciferri’s extensive experience in strategic planning, identifying and evaluating businesses and business opportunities, and developing management teams is expected to be a valuable asset to the Company and the Board.
John C. Corbett
Mr. Corbett is the President & CEO of the Company(elected in July 2015) and the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of CenterState Bank, N.A., (2003 to present). Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of CenterState Holding Company (2007 to July 2015). Prior to becoming President and CEO of the bank, he served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer (2000 to 2003). Prior to joining the CenterState group in 1999, he worked with Mr. Pinner as Vice Present of Commercial Banking at First Union National Bank in Florida (1990 to 1999). Because of his leadership roles since the founding of the company, he brings a strong historical perspective and working knowledge of our Company which the Board believes contributes considerable value as part of the Board’s deliberations and decision making process.
Jody Jean Dreyer
Ms. Dreyer is an author, advisor and recently retired senior executive at The Walt Disney Company. Ms. Dreyer, who joined Disney in 1980, and spent over 30 years with the company, served in various capacities, including leading worldwide synergy, heading Disney’s global outreach initiatives, various marketing, guest relations and community affairs positions in the theme parks, motion picture unit, and at the worldwide Corporate offices. Among her many projects, she had a leadership role as part of the grand opening team of Disneyland Paris. She also served as the Walt Disney World Ambassador - the face of the company throughout the world. She is the author of “Beyond the Castle, A Guide To Discovering Your Happily Ever After,” (Harper Collins/Zondervan). Ms. Dreyer also serves on the Young Life Board of Trustees. Ms. Dreyer brings a valuable perspective on marketing, community relations and company culture from a large and well respected publicly traded organization.
Griffin A. Greene
Mr. Greene is President of Greene’s Citrus Management, Inc. and an officer or partner in numerous family owned citrus businesses including grove ownership, management and marketing of citrus. Mr. Greene served on the Board of Indian River National Bank from 1999 through 2004 and served as its Chairman from 2002 through 2004. Mr. Greene also served on the Alabama National Bancorp from 2004 until it was acquired by RBC Bank in 2009. Mr. Greene also served on the Audit Committee of the Board and as the Audit Committee Chairman from 2006-2008. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Greene served on the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District.
George Tierso Nunez
Mr. Nunez is a Certified Public Accountant and, since 1992, has served as President and owner of GT Nunez & Associates, P.A., a public accounting firm. Mr. Nunez has thirty five years of accounting and auditing experience, thirty two years of which he served as an independent auditor in the public accounting field, and two years he served as the Chief Financial Officer of a Florida banking institution. Mr. Nunez spent the first ten years of his career as an auditor with Coopers and Lybrand, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), of which three years were spent on a special assignment in the Firm’s National Office in New York City. Mr. Nunez has served as the designated financial expert on the Audit Committee of the Company since 2004 and brings a wealth of experience both as a preparer and auditor of financial statements of public and private enterprises. In 2011, Mr. Nunez also assumed the role as Chairman of the audit committee.
Thomas E. Oakley
Mr. Oakley is President of Oakley Groves, Inc., an integrated citrus business including grove ownership, grove management and trucking company related to the distribution of citrus products. He was also a past director of Alico, Inc., a public company (agricultural and land management business) (1992 – 2005). Mr. Oakley was a director of CenterState since 2002. He was also a founding director of CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A., which was acquired by CenterState in 2002. Mr. Oakley serves on the audit committee, chairs the compensation committee and chairs the nominating committee.
William Knox Pou Jr.
Mr. Pou is the Executive Vice President of W.S. Badcock Corporation (dba Badcock Home Furniture & More)where he is responsible for the retail operations of stores in eight states throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. Pou has spent his entire adult life with this organization and has been involved in all aspects of its operations including the consumer credit division as well as personally owning and operating several stores during the 1970’s as an independent dealer. Mr. Pou is a director of CenterState Bank, N.A., the Company’s subsidiary bank, where he has served on the compensation committee and the audit committee. He was also a founding director of the First National Bank of Polk County in 1992, one of the initial three banks which were merged together to form the Company.
Daniel R. Richey
Mr. Richey has been in the citrus business in Florida for the past 33 years. Mr. Richey is President and CEO of a large grapefruit packing company and exporter in Florida. He also operates a harvesting company and consulting company servicing the agricultural industry throughout the US. He was past Chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, President and Chairman of the Indian River Citrus League, President of the Florida Citrus Packers and was selected by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2006 to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Secretary. Mr. Richey served on the Board of Directors of Indian River National Bank between 1996 and 2008 and of Gulfstream Business Bank between 2008 and 2014. Mr. Richey’s long and extensive experience in the agricultural business in Florida and recent experience as a bank board member at two local community banks is expected to add valuable insight to the Company and the Board.
David G. Salyers
Mr. Salyers is head of Brand Activation Marketing for Chick-fil-A, Inc., the Atlanta based fast food restaurant chain, where he has spent his entire career. He also is active in community activities and is the author of the book, “Remarkable!” on company culture. Mr. Salyers’ experience in operating a national service-oriented business and leadership development is considered a valuable asset to the Company and the Bank as it continues to grow into a larger community bank with a focus on the customer and employees.
Joshua A. Snively Sr.
Mr. Snively is President and CEO of Florida Chemical Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of citrus oils to global markets. He has been with the company since 1995 and one of four owners. Mr. Snively transformed the company from a family owned and operated business to a professionally managed operation with an independent board of directors. The company has manufacturing facilities in Florida and Texas. Prior to joining Florida Chemical, Mr. Snively was Vice President of Commercial Agriculture Finance at SunTrust Bank and was a commercial lender for Farm Credit of Central Florida. He graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Citrus Management from Florida Southern College. Mr. Snively has been serving as a director of the Company’s subsidiary bank, CenterState Bank, N.A., since January 2009.
Mark W. Thompson
Mark W. Thompson joined the Company's Board of Directors in January 2018. Mr. Thompson is also President and board member of the Company's subsidiary bank, CenterState Bank, N.A. Prior to his appointment as President of the Bank, Mr. Thompson served as Executive Vice President and Regional President overseeing the Bank’s South Florida market from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Thompson also served as Head of Special Assets for the Bank from 2010 to 2014, Chief Credit Officer of CenterState Bank of Central Florida, a predecessor and related bank to the Bank, from 2008-2010, and as Area Executive for Polk County, Florida from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining CenterState, Mr. Thompson held positions in several other financial institutions over his nearly 33 years in the banking industry, including Barnett Bank and Wachovia Bank.
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