Our Board of Directors

Dennis B. Murphy, Jr., the President and CEO of Gulfside Bank, has over 19 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 and is a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Board of Directors.  He is also very active with the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) where he serves on the Government Relations Council as well as on the Board of Directors of both the FBA as well as the Florida BankPAC.  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.  At its annual conference in June 2019, the Florida Bankers Association named Mr. Murphy “Florida Banker of the Year” and in October of 2019 the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce awarded him its prestigious “Chair’s Cup Award.”


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 22 years, the last 20 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 is 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.   Ms. Compton represents some of the region’s largest employers and practices throughout the state and federal courts in Florida.


In 2009, the lawyers of Abel Band joined Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP.  Since joining Shumaker, Ms. Compton has served as Co-Department Administrator of the firm-wide Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, Marketing Partner for the Sarasota office, and Co-chair of the firm-wide Business Development and Marketing Committee.  Today Ms. Compton is Managing Partner of the Sarasota Office and was elected Vice-Chair of the Firm Management Committee.    


In addition to her legal career, Ms. Compton has served on several boards including the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce having held such past positions as Legal Counsel, Executive Committee Member and Division Chair, as well as Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County where she served as Chair of the Board for 3 years and was honored in 2019 with the Visionary Leadership Award.  Currently, Ms. Compton serves on the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary for The Bay Park Conservancy, Inc. which is responsible for redevelopment of 53 acres of City-owned land on the Bayfront into a public greenspace for the Sarasota Community.   


Ms. Compton 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.  Ms. Compton has been married to her husband John for twenty-five years and together they have a son, Jack, who is a sophomore in high school.


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 Mr. Cramer 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. In addition, he is a partner in Lightning Fast Car Wash based in Southwest Florida.

Mr. Cramer is a former Chairman of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association and former Board Member of the American Cancer Society and Venice Little Theater.  He also served 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. 

Mr. Cramer graduated Cum Laude with a BS degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


N. Rogan Donelly is the President & CEO of family owned Tervis, the drinkware company that first introduced America to its classic insulated tumblers in 1946. As the third-generation leader of an innovative, Florida-based business – following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps – Rogan literally grew up with the brand. From his middle school days of bringing Tervis tumblers to show-and-tell, to his summer work in the warehouse, he gained a unique and comprehensive perspective of the business. By the time he was appointed company president in 2016 (after a stint working for Bank of America’s Global and Wealth Investment Management division), Rogan had worked in every department at Tervis, including production, operations, sales, and marketing. Four very busy years later, he assumed the role of President & CEO, the culmination of his lifelong immersion in the business. 


Under Rogan’s leadership, Tervis has grown into a multi-material producer of high-performance, premium drinkware, renowned for thousands of unique designs, scores of official collegiate, pro sports, and film & TV licenses, and a commitment to responsibility and sustainability. An avid diver, Rogan is passionate about helping reduce waste in our oceans and restoring the world’s coral reefs. He is a trustee of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone XXXVII, and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America mentor. 


Rogan holds a BA degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business. He is the recipient of a USF Outstanding Alumni Award and a Tampa Bay Business Journal (TBBJ) Influencers Rising Stars award.  A member of the TBBJ Class of 2019 40 under 40, he has been invited to the White House to represent manufacturers of American-made products and has served on the Governor’s Industry Working Group Task Force in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


A Floridian since the age of two, Rogan enjoys the Sunshine State’s world-class outdoor activities on the water, under the water, and on dry land. He also loves spending time with his German Shepherd, Fritz, the unofficial company mascot who is often seen at Tervis HQ in North Venice. 


Teri A Hansen manages the daily work of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation as it strives to make a difference in Sarasota and beyond.  The Barancik Foundation was established by Chuck and Margie Barancik in 2014, and Teri was hired as its first employee in July 2015. 


Teri has 30 years of experience in philanthropic leadership.  Prior to joining the Barancik Foundation, she was president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  During her 13-year tenure the foundation provided leadership on key community issues and created innovative initiatives.  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.  She serves on the Ringling College of Art and Design board and its trustee committee, the board of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and its governance committee, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce board and its strategic committee, and as founding director on the board of Gulfside Bank.  Her previous board leadership includes Council on Foundations and its public policy committee, Florida Philanthropic Network as finance and vice chair, chairing the Council on Foundations Community Foundation Leadership Team, chairing Community Foundations of Florida’s board, and serving on Florida Chamber Foundation’s board and investment committee.  She also served on the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation board and USF Sarasota-Manatee Community Leadership Council.


Teri is honored frequently for her professional and personal contributions to the community.   In 2019 and again in 2020, she was named one of Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders in Florida Trend’s Florida 500.  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. He also invests in commercial real estate and is a partner in Sarasota’s Cask & Ale on Main Street, a local favorite bar and restaurant.


John is a fifth-generation Floridian and a lifelong Sarasota County resident, deeply committed to his community.  He serves on many civic and charitable boards, including President of The Argus Foundation, Past Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the Sarasota County General Contractors Licensing and Examining Advisory Council, and Chair of the Pines of Sarasota, Inc. and member of The Field Club, Sarasota County Hundred Club and Sarasota Outboard Club.


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 Class XXVII.


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. In addition, Mr. Norton is a member of the Board of Directors of The Argus Foundation and serves on the Board for the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies.


Michael R. Pender, Jr. is 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 is currently a Board Member of the Hermitage Artist Retreat.  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. He currently serves on the ALCO Committee and is chairman of the Audit Committee for Gulfside Bank.


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.  He is a long-standing member of the Sarasota Sheriff’s 100 Club supporting its local police and their families. 


Drayton A. Saunders is President of Michael Saunders & Company.  Drayton grew up immersed in the culture of the Company, leading him to formally join Michael Saunders & Company in 2003. Since then, he has held several leadership roles from Branch Manager to overseeing the MSC Mortgage, MSC Title, and Insurance core service divisions that have culminated in his current position as company President.


A native-born Floridian and graduate of Colgate University, Drayton is committed to the success of the Gulf Coast community and is proud to serve on numerous boards and committees. He currently serves as Vice-President for StellarMLS and sits on the Boards of Directors for Gulfside Bank, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, and the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.


Outside of his Michael Saunders & Company role, Drayton is proud Dad of two children and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and family.