SPYP Leadership Roundtable: Trevor Burgess, C1 Bank

Posted On 02/23/2016 by St. Pete Chamber
Kate Harris, SPYP Communications Co-Chair

​The St. Pete Young Professionals Council (SPYP) presents monthly Leadership Roundtable Series, sponsored by Bouchard Insurance. Leadership Roundtables are a SPYP member-exclusive program that connects young professionals with major leaders to discuss personal and professional growth, goals and success.

January’s Leadership Roundtable featured Trevor Burgess, President, CEO and Founder of C1 Bank.  Burgess met with approximately 30 young professionals on Wednesday January 26, 2016 to speak about leadership, how to make an impact in business and navigating the work-life balance.


With his background as an Investment Banker, Burgess created C1 Bank not as a continuation of his past experience but to be a change agent for the culture of Community Banking. Just a few of the characteristics of the unique workspace of C1 Bank include a relaxed dress code, a redesigned office space with a comfortable yet modern feel and employees who receive a living wage.  Those distinctive qualities are just some of the reasons for C1 Bank’s internal success.

Personal relationships and staying attuned to his mission are central to what motivates Burgess to create positive change in what once was a sleepy industry. People often stay or leave a job if they feel respected. For that reason, Burgess has molded the culture of C1 Bank into a place where employees feel they are respected, can grow and are a valuable part of the team.

So what would a successful leader like Burgess say to his 25-year-old self or to any young professional? “Save more money” and “do your research” – this advice is coupled with leading by example and working as hard as you’d expect anyone else to in your professional arena. Leadership is also impacted by who you look up to and are influenced by. Burgess’s influencers include his mother and Steve Ells (Founder and CEO of Chipotle).

About Trevor Burgess:
Trevor Burgess is the President & CEO of C1 Bank and its bank holding company, C1 Financial (NYSE: BNK). C1 Bank is a $1.7Bn bank focused on the needs of entrepreneurs with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida and has 32 offices throughout Florida. Trevor was named the 2014 American Banker Community Banker of the Year and was recognized as the 2013 Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial services category. In 2014 SNL named C1 Bank the 6th fastest growing bank in the country over the prior five years. C1 Bank is the Official Bank of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Official Bank of the Outback Bowl, the Official Bank of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and a Corporate Partner of the Miami HEAT. Mr. Burgess has served as a director of C1 Bank since acquiring control of C1 Bank’s predecessor bank on December 3, 2009.