John W. Martin Named BankFIRST’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Winter Park, Florida – (July 28, 2011)
Donald J. McGowan, President and CEO of BankFIRST, announced today that John W. Martin has been named the bank’s Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer. A long-time resident of Central Florida, Martin brings nearly 36 years of financial and leadership experience to his new role. He will report directly to Thomas P. Abelmann, BankFIRST’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “John’s extensive background in finance and accounting, coupled with his Senior Management expertise is extremely impressive and we are very pleased to welcome him to our team. His reputation in the marketplace precedes him, both professionally, and as a result of his strong ties to the greater Winter Park community,” McGowan said.

“John is a very welcome asset to our organization, and brings a breadth of experience to his role. His industry expertise has enabled him to immediately become engaged in the financial operations of the bank,” commented Abelmann.

Martin entered the financial services industry in 1975, and has served Winter Park and greater Central Florida for the length of his career. He began his tenure in public accounting with Ernst & Young, and then moved into community banking with Firstate Financial, F.A., Orlando. Throughout his extensive career, he has gained vast experience in the areas of financial statements, liquidity and cash management, regulatory reporting, budgeting, investment portfolio management, and merger/acquisition activity.  In addition he has managed multiple support functions reporting directly to him including: deposit operations, information processing, human resources and treasury functions.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer at First Southern Bank’s (FSB’s) Central Florida Division, Orlando, where he was responsible for successfully converting and transitioning First Commercial Bank of Florida to FSB.

"I am very excited to continue my career in the Winter Park community, and look forward to serving as a valued member of the BankFIRST team," Martin said.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Martin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1976, and is a Certified Public Accountant. His community involvement includes: the Greek Orthodox Church, Active Member; Winter Park Racquet Club, Member and Past Board Member; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member; Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member; Winter Park YMCA, Member and Past Board Member; Boy Scout Troop 625, Active Leader; Kiwanis Club, Past Member; Jaycees, Past Member; the Orlando University Club, Past Member; and the Citrus Club, Past Member.

About BankFIRST

Since its founding in 1989 as a state-chartered, federally insured commercial bank, BankFIRST has grown its assets to over $600 million. Situated in Central Florida, BankFIRST has ten branch offices located in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Brevard Counties, and has approximately 120 employees. BankFIRST has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: “Best Community Bank in Central Florida” by the readers of the Orlando Business Journal in 2006 and 2009, “Best Bank in Seminole County” in 2008 and 2009, “2009 Business Achievement Award for Civic and Community Efforts” by the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce, the “#1 Small Business Lender in Florida (as ranked by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration from call reports from all Florida banks), and the US Small Business Administration’s “#1 Community Bank SBA Lender” designation in the North Florida District. For more information on BankFIRST, visit www.bankfirst.com.

For more information on BankFIRST, visit www.bankfirst.com.