Finance & Insurance

BILL WEST

CEO, BANK OF TAMPA, TAMPA

West says he wanted to be an industrial psychologist until his junior year of college. “I thought that combined business with psychology. In no small way, the role of a CEO is to be an industrial psychologist, so maybe that’s why I enjoy what I do.”

West, who began his career with large banks, has worked for the Bank of Tampa for 27 years; he’s been CEO for 12 years. His bank, with 265 employees, is the largest locally owned bank in Tampa Bay, providing a full range of banking, investment management and trust services for families and businesses. “We have over $1.2 billion in loans in the four counties we serve,” he says.

EDUCATION University of South Florida (BA)
FLORIDA ISSUE We have an affordable housing and transportation problem, all because Florida is such a great place to live.
ALTERNATE CAREER I would have enjoyed being an industrial psychologist or a history teacher.
PHILANTHROPIC PASSION The Straz Center for the Performing Arts and St. Joseph’s Hospital, especially the children’s hospital
STAYING FIT I don’t.

Fabiola Brumley

Bank of America

Trevor Burgess

Neptune Flood

Kevin Burgoyne

Florida Venture Forum

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

Timothy Cartwright

Fifth Avenue Family Office

David Chitester

Seedfunders

Scott M. Coble

Wells Fargo

John Corbett

Centerstate Bank

KERRY DUSTIN

FALLS RIVER GROUP

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Ray Ferrara

ProVise Management Group

John Forney

UPC Insurance

John Fumagalli

Northern Trust

Pat Geraghty

Guidewell and Florida Blue

Barry Gilway

Citizens Property Insurance

Jorge J. Gonzalez

City National Bank

Drew Graham

Ballast Point Ventures

Keith Hoskins

Navy FCU

Dennis S. Hudson III

Seacoast Banking

KEVIN JOHNSON

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION

Guy King III

M.E. Wilson

Rodger Krouse

Sun Capital Partners

Marc Leder

Sun Capital Partners

INEZ LONG

BLACK BUSINESS INVESTMENT FUND FLORIDA

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Harold Mills

VMD Ventures

Michael Myhre

Florida SBDC Network

Gary Norcross

Fidelity National Information Services

Brian Philpot

AgAmerica Lending

Joy Randels

New Market Partners

Paul Reilly

Raymond James Financial

Garrett Richter

First Florida Integrity Bank

Robert Ritchie

American Integrity Insurance

Gene Schaefer

Bank of America

Bruce Sherman

Miami Marlins

Rajinder Singh

BankUnited

THOMAS SITTEMA

CONVERSUS

BILL SMITH

CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP

James Tate

Tate Capital

Gary Tice

First Florida Integrity Bank

Mario Trueba

First Horizon

Jeff Vinik

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tom Wallace

Florida Funders

Will Weatherford

Weatherford Capital

Bill West

Bank of Tampa