For locals. By locals. From Tradition to Innovation – History and Future

Our Team

Experienced bankers with a passion for the community.

Al Jankowski

Branch Specialist - St. Augustine

In 2015, Al started a career in banking taking a job with Reunion Bank. At Reunion, Al drew on his extensive experience in customer service by filling a key role in developing a one on one customer banking experience with Reunion customers in 3 branches in Northeast Florida. After Center State Bank acquired Reunion, Al left the company in late 2019. In July of this year, Al took a position with Barwick Banking Company in the St. Augustine office reuniting with former Reunion Bank colleagues. His extensive knowledge of the area and background in superior customer service will be a great asset to the BBC family.

Amber Trussell

Assistant Branch Manager - St. Augustine

Amber is originally from Bell, FL but her love for the ocean and history brought her to St Augustine 5 years ago. Amber has been in banking for 6 ½ years, started out as a teller and continues to work her way up in the banking community. She has the passion to learn and grow in all aspects in order to be the best she can be. “I am excited to be a part of this fantastic team as we work together to create a home feeling bank. “You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great, is one thing I live by.” Amber really enjoys spending time with her husband and 2yr old son, along with her love for being on the beach, crafting, and just anything that is outdoors. 

Andy Barboza

Commercial Lender

Andy has 25+ years of banking experience including working as a Teller, Personal Banker, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager, Consumer Lending Officer, Small Business Banking Officer and Commercial Banking Officer. Andy is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. In 2012 Andy moved to Ormond Beach, Florida with his wife and two children and enjoys being near the area’s beautiful beaches and family friendly attractions. Andy strives to provide legendary customer service to his clients every day and is passionate about serving and building his community. “I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with. My teammates at Barwick Bank are friendly, professional and are truly passionate about what they do. Working for Barwick Banking Company is a privilege and true blessing!”

Angela Froman

Loan Operations Specialist

Angela began her banking career 14 years ago at Sunshine State Community Bank as a teller.  She then reunited with some of her co-workers at another home grown community bank named Reunion Bank where she served some of the most thoughtful, successful and true pioneers in our community. After branching out to a larger banking institution and expanding her experience to include lending, she had the opportunity to return to her community banking roots at Barwick Banking Company. She is so excited and grateful to work with an amazing team once more who support the genuine relationships that have been built and will continue to grow and strengthen by putting family and our community first! She enjoys spending time with her son, daughter and dog.  They love boating, riding in the Can-Am and overlanding.  She says, "We live and serve the place we love!"

April Davenport

BSA/Compliance Specialist

April is a Florida native and began her banking career in 2002, spending most of the 18+ years in community banks. She has worked in a variety of roles including Teller, Deposit Operations, Loan Operations, Deposit Compliance, and BSA/AML Compliance. Her most recent role was in a large institution, and while it was a great learning opportunity, she came to the realization that her heart was really in community banking. “Barwick Banking Company has such an elite team of bankers who are ready to serve their customers’ needs effectively and efficiently. Many of us have worked together for several years, even decades. I know this team is poised to go above and beyond to provide superior customer service, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of something so special!”

Ariel Glendenning

Branch Manager – St. Augustine

Ariel is a St. Augustine native and has been in banking for seven years. She started as a part time teller with Ameris Bank and then climbed to a personal banker and then assistant manager. “I am so happy to be a part of a local bank that truly cares for building relationships. I take a lot of pride in St. Augustine and to be a part of this family and bettering my community brings me so much joy!” Ariel enjoys being outdoors and spending the weekends on the boat fishing with her family and dogs.

Arthur Campbell

SVP / Senior Credit Analyst

Arthur began a banking career in 1990 after graduating from Clemson University and relocating to Central Florida. He earned his MBA at the University of Central FL while completing a corporate training program for banking professionals. He has a 30+ year career in commercial lending and administration, finance, construction, and development. Arthur enjoys spending time with his daughter Kaydee, their silly dog, Snapper, and their African Grey Parrott, Mango. “Working at Barwick reunites me with the most amazing, hardworking, dedicated, and fun professionals that I have had the pleasure to know and work with over the years”.

Ben Lott

Market Executive - Putnam County

Ben has 30 years of experience in banking that began immediately upon earning his B.S. Degree in Economics from Florida State University in 1991. This career eventually led to an opportunity in Chiefland, Florida with Drummond Community Bank in 2006. Sixteen years later, after communicating with Jim Bange and Chad Bowling of the Barwick Banking Company, Ben has eagerly relocated his family back home in Palatka to join the team and strive to provide that hometown banking service that he loves. Ben enjoys working as a team and when he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, granddaughters and hunting family land. “This opportunity has brought about a renewed feeling of how banking should be done!”

Bonnie Shelfer

Portfolio Manager – Daytona Beach

Bonnie has 25+- years of banking experience in commercial and retail banking. Bonnie is a native Floridian and came out of retirement to work here at Barwick Banking Co. with some of the same wonderful people she started her banking career with at SouthTrust Bank. Bonnie enjoys traveling, and spending time with family and friends, especially her new granddaughter.

Brenda McDowell

VP/Branch Manager - Alachua County

Brenda has 40 years of banking experience in administration, retail, and commercial banking services. She has developed many long term financial relationships with the Gainesville business community. Brenda has also served on the Board of Directors for various Non Profit Organizations. Brenda holds a Foundation of Banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking as well as numerous certificates within the banking industry. “I am happy to be working with a team that I’ve worked with for many years locally, and excited about the growth with a community bank, Barwick Banking Company!” When not in the office, Brenda enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, and traveling.

Chad Bowling


Chad has been in banking for over 22 years. He began his banking career as a teller at SouthTrust bank and has held a variety of positions with experience on both the retail and commercial side of the business. Chad currently serves on the Board of the St. Augustine YMCA and is a Member of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine. Chad’s favorite aspect of banking is being able to apply a common sense approach to find a solution that will serve the various needs in the community. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, boating, sports and he loves to travel.

Chris Priddy

VP / Senior Credit Analyst

Christopher has been in banking for over 21 years holding similar titles for other financial institutions in the North Central Florida market since 2004.  Prior to that, Christopher was a bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Mr. Priddy holds degrees in both Finance and Accounting.  He has lived in the Gainesville area for over 17 years and has been an active participant donating within the community during that time.  Outside of work, Christopher enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and 2 children.

Christina Zdunek

VP, Loan Operations

Christina has worked in Banking for 18 years, 15 of that has been with community banks.  She appreciates the home town feel community banks have with their customers and employees have with their co-workers.  She’s been a teller, member service representative, teller supervisor loan administrator, and is currently the loan operations manager.  “I love working with the team at Barwick Banking Company and have worked with many of them for eight years, I feel lucky to work with such wonderful people.  On my down time I love spending time with family & friends on the water.”

Christine Thomas

Loan Operations Specialist

Christine has 30+ years of banking experience with various positions; teller, accounting and loan operation.  Most of her banking career has been in the community bank environment. “I am happy to be working at Barwick Banking Company with my fellow team members again.”

Cindy Hampton

Deposit Operations Manager

Cindy has 20+ years of experience in banking including, Teller, Customer Service Representative, Deposit Operations Manager, Electronic Banking Support, Loan Operations Supervisor, Loan Processor and Loan Data Review. “A majority of my banking career has been with community banks so I am very excited to be a part of Barwick Banking Company and working with such a great team again!”

Corey Gibbs

Market Executive - GA

Corey has been in banking for 8.5 years, started out as a teller and has worked in every position for at least some period of time to have general training. Corey is a fitness junky and loves anything outdoors. He enjoys offshore fishing and spending time with family. “I love being part of a close knit community and this job allows me to build those types of relationships with people.”

Deborah Howell

Loan Operations Specialist

Debbie has been in banking for 30 years. Debbie started her career at SouthTrust Bank where she held many banking roles and transferred to Colonial Bank as a lending assistant. She has stuck with this role throughout her career as she enjoys assisting the loan officers and seeing the final results of the loans through to the finish line. She has worked with many of Barwick’s employees over the years and is extremely excited to have joined the team and to be a part of the Barwick Banking Company family. Debbie is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls. Her biggest joy is her grandson, Judah.

Fabiola Salmeron

Universal Banker

The last 8 years, Fabiola was in the Food Service Industry. She completed her Servsafe Manager course at our local technical college. Barwick Bank is her first banking position and so far, she loves it! “I love the atmosphere, the customer interactions, the family we build as a team and the learning experience!” Fabiola has two kids, Thomas age 6 and Tori age 3. She is originally from Santa Barbara, CA. She moved to Georgia in 2016. Little to say, she has not gone back. She loves her home town, but loves the country, hospitality and trees even more! “It’s so green here compared to where I’m from.” In her free time, she loves to spend time with her kids, family and friends. They enjoy going to the beach, the park and to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Gail Baker

EVP/Chief Operations Officer

Gail has 30+ years of experience with various roles in banking including, International banking; Branch Banking-Teller, Customer Service, Branch Manager; Consumer, Residential, and Commercial lending; CRA officer; Business Development and County President.  “Phew that’s a lot - obviously I started my career when I was 10!  I am so thrilled to be back working with such an amazing team here at Barwick Banking Company!!”

Grace Adams

Teller - St. Augustine

Grace is a Florida native who grew up in St. Augustine. She is excited to see where this new journey in banking takes her. ”I’m beyond thankful to be a part of such an amazing team who puts their community first.” Grace has always had a passion for business and finance. She enjoys being around people. In her free time Grace enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, and enjoying the beach with her dogs.

Heather Proffitt

VP / Putnam County

Heather started her banking career at SouthTrust back in 2001. She has experience working as a Teller, Customer Care Representative in a call center, Personal Banker and an Assistant Branch Manager. She loves banking because the learning never stops. Heather loves to work one on one with customers to assist them with their banking needs. She makes it her goal to treat every customer like family. Yes, Heather’s last name is Proffitt, so she tries to assist her customers in gaining extra profit for themselves. The exciting thing about working for Barwick Banking company is most all of the employees come from working for previous small hometown banks. So she feels confident that they, as a team, will provide the best customer service. In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends and loves to run to stay in shape.

Holly Craig

Teller - Barwick

Holly Craig has been in banking for over four years and loves being in this industry. She is from Thomasville and is very familiar with the Barwick and Boston areas. She enjoys being a part of small-town bank that focuses on its customers instead of just the bottom line. She is very excited to be part of Barwick Banking Co. She is married and has two kids: Hannah and Jackson. She and her family enjoy traveling and spending days at Dog Island or offshore fishing.

Jade Odell

Teller - Daytona Beach

Jade is a Florida native who grew up locally in the Daytona Beach area. She is excited to be starting her new career in banking. Prior to joining the Barwick team, she spent a few years in customer service at a local car dealership. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and stays active by playing different sports in the community.

Jeff Coffiel

Information Security Officer

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in IT and corporate training. Starting in the dinosaur decade of the 1990’s he began working on his own personal computer. After 2 years at Downstate Medical Center (College of Medicine) in Brooklyn N.Y., Jeff realized it was easier to fix computers than people and dedicated himself fully to a career in IT. Working in corporate IT training, government contracting and compliance led to him getting his bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing and Systems Administration in 2020. Having recently moved from Washington State to work for the Bank in October of 2022, Jeff is fully exploring everything Florida has to offer with his wife Becky.  “I am so excited to be here, working with great people, and in a bank that has cornhole in the Main Lobby! No one in Washington or New York would believe me if I told them.”

Jill Thomas

Branch Manager - Barwick

Jill is originally from Byron, Georgia but made her way to Barwick after graduating from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. “I truly love our small-town Barwick and our customers here at our community bank.” Jill really enjoys exercising, hunting and anything outdoors with her family and her three-year-old daughter. She truly is a people person which is why she enjoys this job so much; she genuinely enjoys helping all our customer to get the best banking experience. As our Motto says, “For Locals by Locals”. She is excited to continue to grow and build more relationships here in the community and for this great company to help everyone with their banking needs.

Jim Bange

Executive Vice Chairman

Jim has been in banking for over 30 years, but his most rewarding time was starting a community bank in 2008.  “I loved working with the team there.  We got through a tough economy and built a great bank”.   “The great thing about Barwick Banking Company is that many of our team members are working together again.  That, coupled with the amazing existing people at Barwick, I am looking forward to the future.”   Jim and his wife Kelley have a blended family with four children, Jamie 24, Tanner 22, Abby 19, and Taylor 15.  Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Kelley, together they enjoy the beach, boating, and traveling.

John Hodas

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

John has 35 years of professional experience with the majority of that time spent as a Chief Financial Officer in banking.   He played a lead role in forming a community bank in 2000 that ended up selling to a regional financial institution in 2012.  Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Connie, and their 3 children staying active in the outdoors.  John and Connie also enjoy riding their motorcycle exploring the rural areas of Florida.

John Matulia

Market Executive / St. Johns County

John has been in banking since 2018, starting his banking career as an agricultural lender in the Farm Credit System. Prior to this, John was a real estate agent specializing in recreational land, agricultural land and commercial property. He enjoyed making the jump from real estate to banking, where he went from helping people find their dream property, to partnering alongside them and helping to actually make that dream a reality. In what feels like a lifetime ago, John was drafted out of high school to play professional baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays. After his 7-year baseball career, he earned his B.S. from Auburn University (War Eagle!). John enjoys spending time with his wife Sara, their children Keeton and Ellie, and whatever local beach has the best surfing break on any given morning.  “I look forward to teaming up with our customers, to help them fulfill their business goals while helping to build a stronger St. Augustine.”

Jolene Faucette

Assistant Branch Manager – Daytona Beach

Jolene is a native of Daytona Beach. It’s where her and her husband Boyd raised their 2 children, Ashley and Brian. She has been in banking for 35 + years. Jolene has spent the majority of her career working for a couple of different commercial banks. She started as a teller and worked her way through various positions to become a banking center manager. “Through my banking career I’ve always made customer service my #1 priority.”

Laude Arnaldi

Market Executive / Alachua County

Laude has been in the banking industry for over 26 years. He has held various roles starting in the retail side as a branch manager and most recently as a member of the Executive Management team, overseeing all Lending operations, for a community bank in Gainesville. He has a BBA from the University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is excited to be a part of the Barwick team and share its commitment to community banking with the Gainesville market. Laude enjoys to mountain bike on the weekends and spend time with his wife, children and grandson Logan.

Marianne Nicholson

Commercial Banker – St. Augustine

Marianne is from Columbia, South Carolina where she received a Bachelors in Hospitality Management from the University of South Carolina.  After graduating, she moved to the North Shore of Hawaii to begin her career working at luxury resorts and county clubs.  She eventually landed in St. Augustine Florida, along with her husband and 2 mini dachshunds and she jumped at the opportunity to join the hardworking team at Barwick Banking Company.  “I have the privilege to learn about banking from the best in the business while bringing my hospitality skills to the local community of St. Augustine.”

Mark Chastain

EVP, Chief Lending Officer

Mark began his banking career in 1991 in a corporate training program for a large regional bank in Orlando after graduation from the University of Florida.  He has been a loan officer for various regional and community banks for the past 29 years.  He enjoys golf, exercising on the beach, and spending time with his wife, Mara, and their three children ages 19, 16, and 15.  “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our business customers succeed through partnering with our Bank.”

Matt Stietzel

Market Executive / Volusia County

Matt Stietzel is a lending officer, serving the local community for over 30 years. Matt’s priority is to provide a personal touch to banking with the ability to meet the financial needs of consumers and local businesses . He enjoys boating and fishing with his wife Amy and their 2 Golden retrievers. Matt is proud to have raised 2 amazing children, Nicholas and Lexy. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Barwick Banking Team.  I have been privileged to work with this management group over the years. Their proven record of success made joining the team an easy decision. “

Megan Muensterman

Accounting Specialist

Megan is a St. Augustine native who has been in the banking business for a few years now. Even though Megan hasn’t been in banking for very long, she is eager to learn and is happy to help whomever needs help! “I’m so excited to be working with this team to build relationships in the community! I love the fact that this team is a family. I’ve worked with most of the team previously, so it’s great to be back together.” In her free time Megan enjoys golfing, being on the water and staying in shape at the gym.

Nikki Avery

Deposit Operations Specialist

Nikki started her banking career in 2012 at a local bank in Port Orange, Florida, alongside many of her present-day co-workers here at Barwick. Beginning as a teller, Branch Specialist, and now Deposit Operations Specialist, she is beyond excited to continue growing her banking knowledge and skills with people who have been a part of this community for years. She finds it to be the friendly small-town vibe that makes this network of colleagues and customers feel so special. “Loving what you do and being part of a team that supports each other and the community, day in and day out, is a true reflection of how an institution operates as a whole, which is what Barwick is all about. Coming to work feels more like being around family.” Aside from yoga, cooking, and a good book, nothing brings Nikki greater joy than spending time in the beautiful Florida sunshine with her husband, two spunky daughters, and crazy clan of cats and dogs.

Pam Kelly

Loan Operations Specialist

Pam has 35 years of banking experience and she is a Daytona Beach native. She started as a Teller way back when and she has been an FSR, Loan Processor, Commercial Loan Assistant, Branch Manager and Assistant Branch Manager. She is a twin and loves spending time with her grandkids, they are her heart. She enjoys camping, boating and motorcycles with friends and family. “In my career I have discovered that working for a great company and with an amazing team, you make the best friends and establish the best relationships. I am so happy to be working with some of them again. I am looking forward to meeting new people, as well and growing with the Bank! So excited to be here.”

Raye Strickland

Teller - Barwick

Although new to the banking industry, Raye loves the interaction with people and helping others. She and her husband, Paul, have a son, Madison. They are proud to be back in their hometown of Barwick, Georgia. They enjoy spending time at the beach or by the pool. “We also love cheering on our Seminoles. Go Noles!”

Rosetta Herring

Branch Specialist - Barwick

Rosetta is a lifelong native of Barwick GA. She’s the mother of three children; two sons serving in the United States Army and a daughter pursing a degree in nursing. She plays a major part in her church working as the church secretary. In her hometown of Barwick, Ga she serves on the city board as a City Council for 5+ years. Being a CNA for 20+ years, this new career change was sent by God for her. “After many years of being a customer of Barwick Bank, it’s a great joy to now work for my small-town bank.”

Samantha Gaiss

Mortgage Compliance Officer

Sam may be brand new to the world of banking, but she could not be more excited to be here!  Her family is originally from Columbus, Ohio, however, after falling in love with St. Augustine one summer, they all moved here.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama... Roll Tide! She went on to attend law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Afterwards, she moved to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands for two years where she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.  She loves spending time with her family and friends, hanging out at the beach, and is always down for a good Hallmark movie!  Working for Barwick is a wonderful opportunity that happened to fall in her lap when she ran into some friends at the Conch House.  "I am so grateful to be a part of the Barwick family and to serve the St. Augustine community!"

Samara Castillo

BSA Compliance Specialist

Samara is originally from New York but moved to Saint Augustine when she was young. She first started in banking as a customer service representative for Citibank. She eventually went on to be a teller at Reunion Bank. During the acquisition of Reunion by Center State, Samara left banking for 3 years. She is now back in banking and is excited to learn and grow her skills so that she can become a strong asset with a progressive organization that offers both professional and personal growth. Samara loves spending time with her family and especially her nephew. She also loves the beach and seeing new places.

Sandra Viscomi

Mortgage Originator

Sandra is a Florida native that grew up in the Miami area and later attended the University of Florida. After college, she established herself in the Ormond Beach area where she began working in the banking industry since 2008 and has been in the mortgage industry since 2012. She worked her way up from a teller to a personal banker and later found her passion in mortgage lending. With her extensive experience in banking and mortgage lending, she has become a local go-to mortgage loan officer. She has the knowledge and experience in Conventional, FHA, VA, Construction, Jumbo, purchases and refinances and makes every client a priority. She is committed to providing each customer with an excellent experience and guidance throughout their loan process from application until closing. She is very active in her church and kids' school and is current member of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, Daytona Beach Realtors Association, and Young Professionals Group Ormond. When she is not working, she enjoys boating and spending time with her husband and three young children.

Sarah Sookraj

Assistant Branch Manager - Gainesville

Though Sarah is very new to the banking world, she is so excited for this new career and experience. Prior to working for Barwick Banking Company, she worked in Customer Service for five years. Originally from South America, Guyana, she moved to New York around the age of eight until she was 16 and then she moved to Florida. She says that was the best decision ever! “Outside of work, you will most likely find me at the gym or spending my time with my boyfriend or my family.”

Shelby Cwalina

Universal Banker – Daytona Beach

Shelby is a Florida native who grew up locally in the Daytona Beach area. While she is new to the world of banking, she is excited to learn and grow with the Barwick Team. In her free time, Shelby enjoys spending time with her fiancé Brandon, going to the beach and staying active with friends. “I am so grateful to be a part of our family here at Barwick. This is such an amazing group of bankers, and I cannot wait to see what our future holds!”

Silas Grinstead

AVP / Commercial Banker - St. Augustine

Silas started working in banking in 2021 while finishing his college degrees. He says, “I am looking forward to starting my career here at Barwick Bank as we have great people who can show me the way as I grow within the Bank. I am very excited for our future here.” Silas was a collegiate baseball player before joining the Barwick Bank family. He enjoys sports and spending time at the beach, on the water, and with friends and family.

Sophia Lewis

Deposit Specialist

Sophia graduated from college in 2018 with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising. Prior to her moving to Florida end of 2020, Sophia was living in Brooklyn New York where she worked in the creative industry. I’m trying something new and never would have imagined working in the banking industry, but Barwick is a unique family to say the least. My bio certainly isn’t as exciting in juxtaposition to the incredible people I have the privilege of working alongside with. I enjoy cooking and experimenting with different flavor profiles. For me cooking is an expression of appreciation and welcoming the unfamiliar into a space to enjoy a personable experience, thus forming a community in a way. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy being a part of Barwick’s hospitable environment.  I’m looking forward to what’s to come with this new endeavor.

Tiffany VanSickle

Loan Officer Assistant/Closer

Tiffany grew up in West Virginia and moved to Florida in 2004. A couple years later, she met her husband, Tom. They currently live in Macon, GA. Their daughter, Sophia, is now attending college at West Virginia University and of course, they are very proud parents. Tiffany enjoys spending time with family & friends, their three pups, reading, traveling and going to concerts & sporting events. She’s spent 10 years in the mortgage industry. Started out as a Closing Department Assistant. Shortly thereafter became a Loan Closer and is currently a Loan Officer Assistant/Closer. The mortgage industry can be very fast paced and unpredictable at times, but worthwhile knowing you have played a role in helping someone achieve home ownership. “I’m very happy to be a part of Barwick’s new Mortgage Division. I cannot wait to watch the Mortgage Division and bank as a whole, continue to grow.” Fun fact: Tiffany’s grandmother and mother have both worked in the banking business for many years. Little did she know or imagine that she would following in their footsteps someday.

Vanessa Mazza

VP/Branch Manager – Daytona Beach

Vanessa has been in banking for 21 years.  She started her career as a teller in 1999.  From there, she worked her way through various retail positions.  Vanessa has been a Personal Banker, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and Vice President.  Vanessa helped open a community bank in 2008 and has always loved the feel of community banking.  “I am so ecstatic to work with such a great team of bankers again that supports and believes in the community it serves.” Vanessa believes in building relationships with her clients and providing them with the best customer service.  Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family and loves to tend to all of her animals on her free time.

Will Fuller

Credit Analyst

Will is part of the fourth generation of his family that grew up in Ormond/Daytona Beach area. He was previously a Brewer at Ormond Brewing Company where he strengthened his analytical skills through learning and performing the brewing process. He was able to translate his analytical skills into the world of banking and credit and he’s enjoying learning the process of underwriting loans. “I feel very fortunate to be part of the Barwick Family as we have an awesome team that has been very welcoming, informative and accommodating in my learning process. I’m super excited to see where this journey with Barwick takes me!” In his free time, he enjoys surfing, fishing and spending quality time with friends, family and his two Golden Doodles.

Our History

We are at the heart of the community – Community Service, Investing in our towns.

From Tradition to Innovation…

What began as a dream of some local families to bring banking to their town, continues to this day.

The City of Barwick was incorporated in 1903 following establishment of a Railroad Station.  Shortly thereafter the Bank of Barwick opened in 1907 and was owned 50% by local individuals and 50% by the Witham Banking Company of Atlanta.  Witham provided advise, check clearing, cash orders and examinations and audits.  One of the early bank directors was the wife of a local doctor, she was one of the only female bank directors in the state at that time.

In 1939 the bank became Citizens Banking Company and served the local merchants and farmers.  It was operated as an Exchange Bank and charged for deposits and withdrawals.  It was owned by C.R. Simmons, Sr., Mrs. W.R. Thrasher and Strozier S. Humphreys.  All were local merchants.  In 1946 C. R. Simmons, Jr. purchased the interest of Mrs. Thrasher and Mr. Humphreys and he and his father continued to operate the bank until 1967.

In 1967 the bank was purchased 50% by five local businessmen and 50% by a banking family from Moultrie, GA, who had interest in other area community banks.  The name was changed to Barwick Banking Company.  In the 70’s the bank became 100% locally owned.  Fred Jones was appointed President in 1979 and continues to serve on the board of directors today.

During Mr. Jones’s tenure as President he helped usher in a new technological era for the bank, including a computer system and in-house processing.

In December 2019 a group of businessmen from St. Augustine, Florida purchased a majority interest in the bank, while continuing to have local ownership.

This year the bank plans on upgrading it’s operating systems, introducing debit cards, digital banking, and mortgage services, all while keeping people and decisions local.

“For Locals, By Locals means a lot to us as a bank”, says CEO Jim Bange.  “We are committed to Barwick and to bringing the latest technology to our customers.   We want to be known as a small bank with all the services you can receive at a big bank.   Our employees are key to that and will continue to help you every day, right here in Barwick and beyond.”

Our Board

Leaders in the community. 

Ken Kresge, Chairman – St. Augustine, FL

Jim Bange, Executive Vice Chairman – Flagler Beach, FL

Mac McLeod – St. Augustine, FL

Chad Bowling, President & CEO – St. Augustine, FL

Edwin Pope – Barwick, GA

Ronnie Arnold – Gainesville, FL

Bill Gray – Atlanta, GA

Breck Sloan – St. Augustine, FL

Len Marinaccio – Ormond Beach, FL

Fred Jones – Barwick, GA

Stacy Cunningham-Welch – Ormond Beach, FL

Chad Hazen – New Smyrna Beach, FL


A reputation for consistently rising above the occasion. 

I have worked with Corey Gibbs for around six years now, and when the pandemic hit, it affected a lot of small businesses.  I called Corey, and he and Barwick Banking Company came through with a PPP loan and helped me keep my employees working.  In a time when big banks are busy taking care of big businesses, it’s good to know bankers like Corey, and banks like Barwick Banking Company are around to help when you need it most.

Matt Carter

Owner/Operator, Carter’s Catfish House, Carter’s Catering and Carter’s Fried Chicken, Adel, GA

I have been banking with Marie and Barwick Banking Company for many years.  It’s so nice to walk into a bank where everybody knows your name and they can take care of your banking.  That’s a big difference between the bigger banks and Barwick Banking Company - The people and personal service.

Rick Nix

Owner/Operator, Nix Automotive, Pavo, GA

Barwick Banking Company, this is the way Banking should be! Personal, Friendly Service. The key word SERVICE, you call and they help you figure out any problem or situation. With Matt and Vanessa we feel we have our own personal bankers. We have been with a lot of different banks big and small. Barwick is our bank for life!

Al and Laura Balboa

Arrow Wrecker Service Holly Hill, FL