Thomas Abelmann Senior Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer

Thomas P. Abelmann has served as BankFIRST's Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since September 1998 and has over 40 years of diverse experience. He has worked with and for financial institutions ranging in size from $25 million to $11 billion in total assets, and also serves as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of BankFIRST's parent, The BANKshares, Inc.

Abelmann began his storied career in 1974 at a major downtown illinois correspondent bank, before relocating to Florida in 1979 to join the Sun Bank affiliate in St. Lucie County as Controller and Cashier, and was then promoted to the bank's Holding Company as District II Controller, with responsibilities covering the East Coast of Florida from Vera Beach to Miami. In late 1981, he joined Naples Federal Savings and Loan, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, as Assistant Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. During his tenure, he undertook special projects which included coordination of the launch of the company's brokerage service and the formation of and service as Treasurer of the The Trust Company of Naples, a wholly-owned Holding Company subsidiary, which quickly reached profitability and was eventually sold to NBD Bank of Detroit. In 1984, he was asked to take over the company's troubled data processing department, and by 1986, had fully deployed one of the earliest full-scale branch automation projects across the 46 branch network, and was promoted to First Vice President of Management Information Systems.

In 1987, Abelmann joined FIS, an Orlando-based data processing service bureau, and assumed the position of Vice President of Research and Development. His return to community banking took place in 1990, in conjunction with his association with Carrier and Company CPA's, where he managed the west coast of Florida, during a period in which the client list nearly doubled. In 1992, he was approached by a then client, Enterprise National Bank of Sarasota, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He remained with the bank until it was sold in 1997, and with the successor, Provident Bank of Cincinnati, until 1998, when he relocated to the Orlando area and joined the BankF1RST organization.

Abelmann earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Illinois State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. During the course of his professional career, he attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and graduated from the Sheshunoff I LSU Executive Banking Institute.

He is an active member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has been active in community affairs, having served as an Officer of the American Cancer Society, the Jaycees, and his Homeowners' Association, as well as having been an avid supporter of many charitable organizations, including: The American Red Cross, WMFE, The United Way of Central Florida, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Abelmann resides in Casselberry, Florida with his wife, Hyla. They have two grown sons, both married, and 3 grandchildren.