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Florida Community Banks partner with Jack Henry

Source: Jack Henry & Associates

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) is a leading provider of technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for the financial services industry. Its Jack Henry Banking® division announced today that Orlando, Fla.-based One Florida Bank and Sarasota, Fla.-based Gulfside Bank have both surpassed their growth goals with the support of Jack Henry, meeting growing market demand for local community banks.

The banks are leveraging the SilverLake System® core and Jack Henry Digital to provide modern digital solutions with automation and personal service at the customer’s moment of need.

One Florida Bank acquired the Florida charter of OneSouth Bank in January 2019, then recapitalized and rebranded as a local community bank headquarted in Central Florida. Cary Berman, EVP and chief retail banking officer at One Florida Bank, explains, “There was a void in the Central Florida market for a true community-focused bank with a strong local presence and decision making.”

The bank operates on a branch-light model, providing digital solutions that compete with regional and national banks in structure and convenience while prioritizing personal service and community engagement. Today, One Florida Bank has four full service locations in the Orlando market and retained their existing Chipley branch. The bank is over $950 million in total assets and the largest community bank headquartered in Orlando.

Berman added, “We were in a fortunate position, entering the pandemic with modern digital services from Jack Henry that met our community’s banking needs. Clients tell us that our digital banking platform and treasury management services have optimized their banking experience. Placing the needs of these businesses and communities first is what is driving our growth to a $1 billion institution within three years.”

The founders of Gulfside Bank recognized a similar need in the Sarasota and Manatee County markets: a community banking gap created by a string of local bank mergers. The de novo bank launched in November 2018 to empower the community with local bank ownership and decision making. Now, the bank has $215 million in assets, 30% ahead of its initial projections. Leading with its full-service digital presence, the bank also supports customers with convenient branches and unlimited ATM access so that customers can visit branches when they want to, not because they have to.

Dennis Murphy, president and CEO of Gulfside Bank, commented, “Technology is a big differentiator for Gulfside Bank. We are regularly competing with regional and national banks, institutions that have multi-million dollar R&D budgets. Partnering with Jack Henry has given us an edge by digitally enabling our relationship-driven banking approach with leading modern technology. We were blown away by the level of integration and functionality we can offer, especially from a user experience perspective – it’s seamless.”

Stacey Zengel, senior vice president of Jack Henry & Associates and president of Jack Henry Banking, said, “Bank mergers and acquisitions are growing at pre-pandemic heights, creating opportunity for leaders like One Florida Bank and Gulfside Bank. With superior digital services that extend and enhance relationships, locally-owned financial institutions can differentiate and compete successfully against national players. Jack Henry is fully committed to the future of community banking, and we are proud to help both One Florida Bank and Gulfside Bank exceed their goals and support their local economies.”


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