PLANT CITY, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Andrew Samuel, president, chief executive officer, and director of Sunshine Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBCP) and Sunshine Bank, today announced the appointment of former Florida Speaker of the House of Representatives Will Weatherford to the Board of Directors.
“We’re very fortunate to have Will Weatherford join our board of directors,” said Ray Rollyson, chairman of the board. “His leadership and insight will be a tremendous asset, and we are eager to utilize his expertise as we continue to strengthen and grow our franchise.”
Will was the 84th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, serving from 2012-2014, during which time he was the youngest Speaker in America. Throughout his four consecutive terms in office, Will was a strong advocate for social upward mobility through free enterprise and education reform. He was also a thought leader on other pro-growth solutions including lower taxes, pension reform, and free market health care solutions.
“Will’s depth of experience in public service, small business, and community involvement provide a unique perspective and make him an outstanding addition to our Board,” said Samuel. “We welcome Will’s business expertise in this market, and I am looking forward to working with him and the board as we continue to execute our strategic vision.”
In addition to his public service, Will is the Managing Partner of Weatherford Partners, a firm with deep roots in Florida and a strong global network that partners with owners and management teams to build great businesses through the provision of capital and strategic business advisory services. Will spent six years as a board director at Florida Traditions Bank, prior to its sale to Home BancShares in July 2014. He is also Managing Partner of Red Eagle Group, a boutique investment and business consulting firm.
Will serves on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the National Collation of Capital, the U.S. Global Leadership Collation, the Republican State Leadership Committee, Take Stock in Children, and Jobs for America’s Graduates. Will also served as a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute. A graduate of Jacksonville University, Will is married to Courtney; they reside in Wesley Chapel with their four children: Ella Kate, Molly, Madelyn, and William.
“I am thrilled to join Sunshine Bancorp, Inc.’s Board at such an exciting time in the organization’s journey,” said Weatherford. “The Board and management team has a clear vision and strategy, and I look forward to helping them create a vibrant and dynamic Florida community bank.”
About Sunshine Bancorp, Inc.
Sunshine Bancorp, Inc. was formed in 2014 as the holding company for Sunshine State Bank. First organized in 1954 under the name First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Plant City. In 2014 after converting from the mutual form of organization to the stock form, the name of Sunshine State Bank was adopted. In December of 2014, the name was further streamlined to Sunshine Bank. Operations are conducted from the main office in Plant City, Florida. The Company provides financial services to individuals, families and businesses primarily located in Hillsborough County and Pasco County, Florida. For further information, visit the Company website www.sunshinestatefederal.com. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.
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