Dennis B. Murphy, Jr.
, the President and CEO of Gulfside Bank has over 16 years of banking experience starting his banking career in 2002 with AmSouth Bank as a member of its Management Associate program. During his tenure with AmSouth Bank, Mr. Murphy held various roles including Branch Manager and Commercial Credit Analyst. In 2008, Dennis left Regions Bank (which acquired AmSouth Bank) to become a founding shareholder with Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, a community bank being formed in the Sarasota/Manatee County market. Before its ultimate sale to CenterState Bank, NA in May of 2017, Mr. Murphy held various leadership positions with Gateway including roles such as Commercial Lender, Commercial Banking Manager and ultimately Senior Lending Officer. As Executive Vice President and Senior Lender of the Bank for the last six years of its existence, he was responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s lending function including loan production, credit administration, loan operations and loan compliance. Dennis was retained after Gateway’s merger with CenterState Bank and became the Area Executive for Sarasota and Manatee counties. He left CenterState in October of 2017 to form Gulfside Bank.
Mr. Murphy has been active in the Sarasota and Bradenton communities since moving to the area in 2004. Current board involvement includes roles with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce where he is the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Board of Directors. He is also the Treasurer and a Board Member of the First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee. Awards and recognition include being recognized as a member of the Business Observer’s “40 under 40” and “Rising Stars in Banking” articles as well as Scene Magazine’s “Men on the Scene” series.
Mr. Murphy is a 2002 graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL with a major in Finance. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL in 2003 and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School in 2017. Dennis is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Sarasota County.
Timothy J. Clarke
, Chairman, has been a founding director of two area community banks. He was an organizer of Sarasota Bank which sold in 2003 to Colonial Bank and of Insignia Bank which was sold in 2017 to Stonegate Bank.
His professional career has been in marketing and branding. He founded Sarasota-based Clarke Advertising & Public Relations in 1987 and held it until 2005, selling the firm to his managing partners. Prior to that he held management positions with Tropicana Products and Chris-Craft.
In addition to the two banks, Tim has served on the boards of director of Tervis Tumbler Company and FCCI Insurance Companies. He currently is on the board of SAGA Communications, a publicly traded company, and chairs its audit committee.
Tim has been very involved in community affairs throughout his career. He is past Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and former chair of the Sarasota Season of Sculpture. He currently is on the board of directors of the Sarasota Yacht Club and serves as a Guardian ad Litem in the child foster care program.
Jennifer B. Compton
, Vice Chair, has been practicing law for over 20 years, the last 17 of which have been in Sarasota, Florida. She began her career doing restrictive covenant litigation primarily for the brokerage industry. In 2004 she started the Employment Law Practice Group at her then firm, Abel Band. Ms. Compton focused on representing the firm’s existing employers and developed a business plan that included both counseling as well as litigation on behalf of employers. Her practice grew, including adding an associate attorney who is now her partner, as well as other associate attorneys. Ms. Compton was board certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar in the area of Labor & Employment Law which is a distinction held by only approximately 200 lawyers in the entire state of Florida. In 2009, the lawyers of Abel Band joined Shumaker Loop & Kendrick. Once part of Shumaker, Ms. Compton became Co-Department Administrator of the firm wide Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. Ms. Compton also serves as Marketing Partner for the Sarasota office, as well as Co-chair of the firm-wide Business Development and Marketing Committee. Today Ms. Compton represents some of the region’s largest employers and practices throughout Florida.
In addition to her legal career, Ms. Compton currently serves on the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce holding such positions as Legal Counsel, Executive Committee Member and Division Chair over the past 8 years. Additionally, Ms. Compton is on the Board of Directors for Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County and recently completed 3 successive years as chair.
Jennifer holds degrees in English from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL as well as her law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, where she was granted a full academic scholarship.
P. Compton Cramer, Jr.
, has spent most of his career in the automotive business, starting with the Ford Motor Company in the Lincoln-Mercury Division in Detroit. He later became general manager of Peyton Cramer Toyota in Long Beach, California.
In 1990 he started his own dealership in Florida, Cramer Toyota of Venice and later added Cramer Honda of Venice. He is currently President of Cramer Reinsurance and Cramer Properties of SW FL LLC, and Vice President of Gulf Coast Auto Credit.
He is a former Chairman of Florida Automobile Dealers Association and former Board Member of the American Cancer Society and Venice Little Theater. He currently serves as a member of Merrill Lynch's Private Banking & Investment Group's Client Advisory Board and volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.
He graduated Cum Laude with a BS degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
N. Rogan Donelly
, is President of family-owned Tervis Tumbler Company, the third generation of the family to hold this position. Based in North Venice Florida with an office in Manhattan, the company is the industry leader in insulated drinkware. It has over 500 employees and distributes its famous products through retailers nationwide, through the web and through 50 company-owned stores. Rogan is also president of Arand LLC, the family’s commercial real estate company and chairs the family’s charitable foundation.
He is active in the community, serving as a trustee of Mote Marine Laboratory, and board member of the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation.
He is a graduate of Bowdoin College (where he was captain and All-Conference football player) and is scheduled to receive his MBA in May from the University of South Florida.
Teri A Hansen
, is CEO of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, a private fund established by Chuck and Margie Barancik in 2014.
She has more than 25 years of experience in philanthropic leadership. Prior to the Barancik Foundation, she was president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. During her 13-year tenure the foundation awarded nearly $200 million in grants and initiatives. Prior to that she was vice president for gift planning and donor relations at The Cleveland Foundation, the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the United States. She also worked as vice president of external relations for Central Indiana Community Foundation and was the founding president of Legacy Fund of Hamilton County (Indiana).
Teri volunteers her leadership nationally, statewide, and regionally. Currently, she serves on the Ringling College of Art and Design board and its trustee committee, the Florida Philanthropic Network board, where she is secretary/treasurer, the board of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and its governance committee, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce board and its executive committee.
Teri is honored frequently for her professional and personal contributions to the community. She received the International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make a Difference Award;” State College of Florida President’s Award of Distinction; Tampa Bay Partnership Chair’s Cup for Excellence in Regionalism; Girls Inc. of Sarasota County “She Knows Where She’s Going” Award; and AJC Civic Achievement Award. Teri was named a “Best Boss” by 941CEO magazine, one of the “50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast” by Gulf Coast Business Review, and to SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business Leadership Circle.
A San Diego native, Teri earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University. Upon graduating, she served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force. Teri is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, having completed its Advanced Management Program.
F. John LaCivita
, is Executive Vice President and partner at Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., an award-winning, Sarasota-based commercial construction management firm that he joined in 1996. With John’s energetic leadership, Willis Smith Construction has been consistently recognized as one of the highest-quality construction companies in the region.
John is a sixth-generation Floridian and a lifelong Sarasota County resident, deeply committed to his community. He serves on many civic and charitable boards, including The Argus Foundation, Sarasota Economic Development Council, Chair-elect of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County General Contractors Licensing and Examining Advisory Council, Easter Seals of SWFL Foundation, and Chair of the Pines of Sarasota, Inc.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida and later earned the designation as State Certified General Contractor and U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. He also is a graduate of Leadership Sarasota County and Leadership Florida.
Sam D. Norton
, is a shareholder in the law firm of Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. located in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Norton is a member of the law firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and practices primarily in the areas of real estate, banking, corporate and business transactions. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in Finance. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1984 (Cum Laude). At Stetson, Mr. Norton was chosen to serve on the Law Review. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1985. Mr. Norton has an AV Rating* by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest Peer Review Rating attainable.
A board certified real estate attorney, Mr. Norton has practiced law in Sarasota since 1985. He is a past Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Sarasota Board of Realtors/Sarasota County Bar Association and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous nonprofit organizations, including, but not limited to, the American Heart Association, Senior Friendship Centers Foundation, Plymouth Harbor Continuing Care Retirement Community, Suncoast Foundation, Sarasota Film Festival, The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Downtown Partnership of Sarasota.
Mr. Norton currently serves on the Board of various local civic and charitable organizations, including the Argus Foundation and The University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies.
Mr. Norton’s banking experience includes being a founding director of Sarasota Bank, a founding director of Insignia Bank and a director of Bank of the Carolinas.
Michael R. Pender, Jr.
, is Co-Managing partner of Cavanaugh & Co., LLP, a CPA firm he joined in November of 1976. Mr. Pender has experience in all areas of public accounting, including Assurance Services, and all types of Taxation and Small Business Services. He has been recognized for his experience in Fraud and Forensic services, Non-profit Organizations and Common Interest Realty Associations. Mr. Pender has held leadership positions in his profession on the National and State level. From 2010-2011, he was President of the Florida Institute of Certified Public accountants and served seven years on the Governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Pender has dedicated years of service to the community and currently is the Finance Chairman of the John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Chairman of the New College Foundation, Inc. and a board member of the Sarasota County Community Foundation. He has been honored on a national level for service on the board of Prevent Blindness America and on the State of Florida level as the 2013 Distinguished Member of Leadership Florida.
Mr. Pender’s banking experience includes being a founding director of two successful community banks. The Sarasota Bank organized in 1992 and sold to Colonial bank in 2003. The Insignia Bank organized in 2006 and sold to Stonegate Bank in 2017. His service on the board of those banks included terms on the Executive Committee, Treasurer of the Sarasota Bancorp Holding Company, member of the ALCO Committee for Insignia Bank and Audit committee chairman for the entire terms of both banks.
Charles W. Rush, M.D.
, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing in the Sarasota, Florida area for 31 years specializing in adult reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Medicine (1980). His residency in orthopedic surgery was at the University of South Florida.
Since starting his practice of orthopedic surgery in Sarasota, Dr. Rush has been on staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota where he was named Physician of the Year for 2005 and was awarded the Frist Humanitarian award for 2015. Dr. Rush has served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Doctors Hospital. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Doctors Hospital and has been the team physician for Riverview High School for the past 31 years. He has coached middle school basketball for six years.
Dr. Rush has also volunteered his time to Operation Walk, a non-profit organization, where he has traveled with a team of surgeons and staff to Vietnam and Cuba providing hip and knee replacements to needy individuals of these countries.
Drayton A. Saunders
, is president of Michael Saunders & Company. Although he grew up immersed in the culture of the company, Drayton Saunders didn’t formally join Michael Saunders & Company until January of 2003. Since then he has held a number of leadership roles that have culminated in his current position.
A native-born Floridian and graduate of Colgate University, Drayton has served in varying capacities during his 14 years with the company, which was founded by Michael Saunders in 1976. He has been president of MSC Mortgage as well as MSC Title, two of the company’s full-service divisions. Drayton went on to serve as branch manager for two of the company’s south Sarasota County offices, in Venice and Plantation, then to managing the company’s high-volume sales offices on Longboat Key.
Drayton has served on numerous civic boards of directors, including those for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Young Professional Group, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the City Alliance of Sarasota; and the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.
Currently he chairs the Gulf Coast CEO Forum and sits on the boards of FSU Medical/Sarasota, Goodwill Manasota, Top 50 Brokers; and, and chairman-elect of Visit Sarasota County—the county’s official tourism agency. There he is actively involved in the exploratory Bayfront 20:20 project to optimize access to the Sarasota bay front and create a common vision for its future.