Tom Ray appointed to the Florida Bankers Association board of directors

Encore Bank is pleased to announce that CEO Tom Ray has been appointed to the board of directors for the Florida Bankers Association (FBA), and will serve a two-year term starting this month. Bankers are nominated by their peers to serve on the board and are selected based upon their service to the FBA, community involvement and geographic region.

FBA serves as the primary resource through which Florida financial service providers work in unity to influence the state and federal legal regulatory environment in which they serve their customers.

The FBA’s board of directors is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the general operation of the association. Tom Ray said, “It’s an honor to serve on FBA’s board of directors to enhance the opportunities for members to better serve their customers and communities. Representing Encore Bank and the economic interests of Southwest Florida businesses and residents is a real privilege and a responsibility I eagerly accept.”

FBA President and CEO Alex Sanchez said, “The FBA board of directors plays a critical role in the operation of the association and in representing the association to elected officials, regulators and policy-makers. We’re honored to have such qualified and committed board members.”

Established in 1888, the FBA is one of Florida’s oldest trade associations and has a membership of more than 250 financial institutions ranging in size from small community banks, thrifts and trust companies, to medium-sized banks operating in several parts of the state, to large regional financial institutions that are headquartered in Florida or outside the state. Deposits of the members of the FBA make up 95 percent of total deposits in the state of Florida.

Encore Bank has six convenient locations, including two branches in Naples at 3003 Tamiami Trail North and 2370 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Bonita Springs at 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Fort Myers at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr., Port Charlotte at 2120 Kings Highway, and Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza.

For more information, call 239.919.5888 or 239.594.3177 in Naples, 239.495.0243 in Bonita Springs, 239.278.5505 in Fort Myers, 941.258.3055 in Port Charlotte, or 813.634.8001 in Sun City Center, or visit
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