USAmeriBank is excited to be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. It was officially on Feb. 12 and they celebrated by having their managers deliver special gifts to their employees. The company has experienced tremendous growth over the past 10 years to become the largest local, independent bank based in the Tampa Bay area, and it couldn’t have been done without loyal customers, visionary shareholders and hardworking employees.
Also, for the first time in several years, USAmeriBank is expanding into a new market this year. This summer it will enter Polk County with a retail branch in a prime location in downtown Lakeland.
However, in response to the economy’s challenges, McMurtrey and the Steans decided they needed to alter the original plan, bring on more capital, and grow the bank across Tampa Bay to Tampa and Hillsborough County. That’s when Joseph Chillura, current President and CEO, and Al Rogers came on board, and with them, a team of experienced lenders. From there, the bank grew steadily, largely driven by organic growth, over the next 10 years.
USAmeriBank opened the St. Pete branch in 2011. USAmeriBank has a longstanding philosophy of building banks around people who can jump-start relationships with local business owners and individuals. The bank built the St. Pete branch around retail market manager Kathy Wright, a native of Pinellas County, her deep roots and connections in St. Pete, along with involvement with such groups as the Northeast Exchange Club and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served the bank customers well.
For 4 consecutive years, USAmeriBank has ranked first among Florida-based Small Business Administration lenders in the Tampa Bay area. The bank’s SBA team has strong experience, which puts the bank in a great position to help local businesses grow. SBA loans are a viable option for businesses looking for capital to fund their growth, whether for hiring additional employees, purchasing office space, or buying new equipment.