Since its founding in 1989 as a state-chartered, federally insured commercial bank, BankFIRST has grown its assets to over $722 million. Situated in Central Florida, BankFIRST has 12 branch offices located in Apopka, Clermont, Eustis, Oviedo / Winter Springs, Sanford, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Melbourne, Viera / Suntree, Titusville, Ormond Beach and Port Orange and has approximately 140 employees.
At the foundation of the bank’s growth and reputation in the marketplace are its Chairman and Founder, James T. Barnes, Jr. and its President and Chief Executive Officer, Donald J. McGowan, supported by a senior management team comprised of native and long time Central Floridians with substantial local banking experience. BankFIRST’s Board of Directors includes the leading Central Florida business, educational and civic leaders.
BankFIRST was founded with a specific mission in mind – to serve as the premier community bank for small business in Central Florida. BankFIRST has developed a well deserved reputation as an innovator within the financial community; a leader in providing the highest level of quality service and social responsibility.
The bank’s intelligent deposit ATM technology – a first for any community bank in Central Florida - allows for easier, envelope-free deposits. As an added convenience, all deposits made by 7 p.m. will post with today’s business.
For small businesses, BankFIRST offers the widest array of loan solutions in the Central Florida market regardless of where the company is on the small business continuum (start-up, growth or mature). The bank’s highly regarded SBA Express Loan Center, helps new and existing small businesses gain access to the widest array of government guaranteed loan programs available anywhere. In addition, BankFIRST’s accounts receivable financing division provides working capital loans to high growth, undercapitalized companies. And for mature companies, the bank provides traditional asset-based, construction and commercial real estate financing programs.
Product innovation at BankFIRST does not stop at quality service and small business loan programs. The bank’s Socially Responsible Banking Program is the first program of its kind in the State of Florida that guarantees that depositors’ funds will be invested locally to support community needs, specifically in the areas of affordable housing, business and economic development, conservation, education and support for non-profit and faith-based groups.
At BankFIRST we know that it’s not a single-file, one-size-fits-all kind of world. So welcome to BankFIRST, where we want our customers to “Enjoy the difference.”