October 10, 2013 - Stearns Bank N.A. is pleased to introduce Thomas Zernick, Florida Market President with more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Zernick will be located at the St. Petersburg office where he will work to strengthen the commercial loan focus; combining the Stearns Bank “we get the job done” attitude with the strength of a top ranked bank nationally.

Zernick brings extensive experience in commercial & business lending and senior bank management. He comes to Stearns Bank from HomeBanc, N.A. in Tampa, as the Director of SBA Lending/Senior Vice President. Tom has managed production of over $500 million in U.S. Small Business Administration Loans during his career.

“It is with great anticipation that I accept the challenge of growing our Small Business loan volume and becoming a member of the Stearns Bank team,” said Zernick. “I appreciate the straightforward manner in which Stearns Bank conducts business and look forward to personally serving our customers with the exceptional service they have come to expect.”

Stearns Bank, N.A. is a $1.6 billion, 100+ year-old financial services company that specializes in nationwide small business loans and commercial finance. Stearns has bank branches in Sarasota, Venice and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Georgia, Arizona and Minnesota. As an independent employee-owned bank, our trademark is “We Get the Job Done!”

Stearns Bank ranked fourth in the nation among top community banks with total assets between $500 million and $5 billion based on six core financial performance metrics. SNL Financial, 2012 rankings. www.snl.com

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