First Southern Bank Hires Nina Howell as Vice President and Market Manager in North Florida Region

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First Southern Bank Hires Nina Howell as Vice President and Market Manager in North Florida Region

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As part of its continuing expansion throughout the state of Florida, First Southern Bank today announced that Nina Howell has joined the company as Vice President and Market Manager of its Community Banking Group in the North Florida Region. Nina has joined the bank to further develop First Southern's footprint in the Jacksonville area market. She will be based in First Southern Bank's Ponte Vedra Beach office.

Nina Howell, VP & Market Manager of First Southern Bank's North Florida Region (Photo: Business Wire ...

Nina Howell, VP & Market Manager of First Southern Bank's North Florida Region (Photo: Business Wire)


"We are so delighted to have Nina join the First Southern team to help grow our North Florida Region," said Lynne Wines, President and CEO of First Southern Bank. "With more than 15 years of banking experience in the Jacksonville market, Nina understands the area and will continue to provide outstanding personalized service to our customers in that region."

The addition of Nina Howell is part of the bank's growth strategy in the state of Florida. First Southern Bank, which is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, launched its expansion plans in early 2010 designed to reach more clients in more markets. As a result, assets of the bank grew from approximately $400 million to approximately $1 billion, the number of branches grew from only five in South Florida to fifteen in three of the state's largest population centers, and the number of client accounts grew from approximately 5,400 to approximately 17,500.

Nina is a business specialist who has been serving the Mandarin/Julington Creek community for 15 years. Prior to joining First Southern Bank, she served as a Branch Sales Manager at Florida Capital Bank in Jacksonville, Florida where she was responsible for new business development and overseeing the recruiting, hiring, training and coaching of the bank's sales teams since 2007. Prior to that, she began her banking career at Bank of America in Jacksonville in 1997, where she served as a Branch Sales Manager from 2001 to 2007. While at Bank of America, she managed five offices in various locations throughout Jacksonville and received the prestigious Award of Excellence for three consecutive years and achieved president's club status in 2006. Nina is a volunteer at The Children's Home Society of Northeast Florida, a member of The Chamber of Commerce, and a United Way participant. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in Jacksonville, Florida.

First Southern Bank also recently announced a number of other key hires throughout the state. Tracy L. Keegan was brought in as the bank's new EVP/CFO & COO; Joseph A. Losch as SVP/Market Executive, Central Florida Region; John G. Klumpp as SVP/Chief Information Officer; Bill Kelley as EVP/Head of Community Banking; Lynda Napolitano as SVP/Commercial Lender, South Florida Region; and Michael C. Samuel and Andrew Hebert, both as SVP/Commercial Lenders in the Central Florida Region. Additionally, Matt Greene was elevated to the position of SVP/Market President of the North Florida Region.

First Southern Bancorp (OTC Bulletin Board: FSOF) had total consolidated assets of $1.2 billion at June 30, 2012. The Company provides comprehensive banking products and services through its First Southern Bank franchise. First Southern's strong capital positions it as one of the most secure banks in the United States. The bank serves Northeast, South and Central Florida with 15 locations in St. Johns, Broward, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Seminole and Volusia counties.

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