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 Board of Directors

Gateway Bank is built on a solid foundation. The Board of Directors represents a cross-section of experienced banking professionals and business leaders in the Sarasota/Bradenton community.

Pictured left to right: David J. Grain; Shaun P. Merriman, President & CEO; Gavin W. Meshad, Vice Chairman; Dr. Gary K. Bockhold; David E. Sessions; Charles J. Bartlett, Chairman; Wayne M. Ruben; and Katherine K. Moulton. Not pictured: David K. Maholias.

MerrimanShaun P. Merriman – President and CEO
A 30-year banking veteran, Mr. Merriman opened Gateway Bank in May 2008 during the most adverse banking climate seen in Southwest Florida in decades. He authored a convincing business plan, managed a $19.5 million capital raise, and assembled a notable board of directors and talented banking staff. Mr. Merriman then took the aggressive approach to open three banking centers within the first 12 months of operation. Under his leadership, Gateway Bank reached sustained profitability in just 31 months of operation and has grown to over $257 million in total assets. In recognition of the bank’s accomplishments, the bank was awarded the 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and the 2014 Small Business of the Year by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, both of which were the first ever awarded to a bank by those organizations. Prior to Gateway Bank, Mr. Merriman served as Southwest Florida’s Regional President for AmSouth Bank in Sarasota. He oversaw 45 Banking Centers in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties with $2.5 billion in total assets. Prior to AmSouth Bank, his career was spent with SouthTrust Corporation where, over a period of 15 years, Mr. Merriman held several senior leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Market Bank Administration in Birmingham, Alabama, CEO of SouthTrust’s Suncoast Market in Sarasota, Florida, and CEO of SouthTrust in Houston, Texas. Mr. Merriman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin system with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting. He is also a graduate of Wisconsin School of Commercial Banking and The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Merriman is active in the Sarasota community currently serving as Chairman and past Treasurer of the Van Wezel Foundation, Board Member and past Chairman for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Florida Bankers Association’s BancServ, Director of the Florida School of Banking, past Chairman for Doctors Hospital Board of Trustees, past Board Member, Secretary, and Organizing Director of the Team Tony Cancer Foundation, past Trustee Board Member of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, and past Board Member, Campaign Chair, and Chairman for the United Way of Sarasota County (now part of United Way Suncoast). Mr. Merriman is a six-time recipient of the “President’s Volunteer Service Award,” a national award recognizing his community service in the Sarasota community, and he is also a recipient of the 2013 Chairman’s Cup Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He has been a resident of the Sarasota area since 2000.

BartlettCharles J. Bartlett – Chairman
Charles J. Bartlett is a Senior Shareholder of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PA, a premier law firm serving the Southwest Florida area since 1956. He specializes in commercial litigation, real estate and business law with an emphasis on the representation of small-to-medium size businesses. Mr. Bartlett has practiced law with this firm for 34 years and served as president of the 32 attorney, 70 employee firm from 1987 until 1998. He has been the continuous recipient of the prestigious “AV” rating, the highest rating available from Martindale Hubbell, a respected source of authoritative and dependable information about members of the legal community, annually since 1987. Mr. Bartlett has been repeatedly honored by his inclusion among the Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and as a “Best Lawyer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. In addition, Mr. Bartlett was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009 through 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Commercial Litigation. This honor was based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 2.5 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Mr. Bartlett received his undergraduate degree with magna cum laude from Florida State University and his law degree from University of Florida, with high honors. He has held numerous offices and terms with Sarasota County Bar Association including a term as president from 1993-1994. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar Association. Mr. Bartlett has also served as a trustee member for Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and numerous other civic boards and non-profit organizations. He has been a resident in this community for 44 years.

GavinGavin W. Meshad – Vice Chairman
Gavin W. Meshad is Vice President of JWM Management, Inc., a real estate management, development and leasing company that currently owns and manages nearly 1 million square feet of commercial space in Florida, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. The company developed several well-known projects in the Sarasota area such as Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Maxfield Commerce Park, Gateway Professional Center and Midtown Medical Office Park. Prior to joining JWM Management, Inc., Mr. Meshad served as Vice President for HCA Healthcare Corporation where he was responsible for a large nationwide managed care subsidiary under the HCA group. Mr. Meshad received a BA in Economics from University of Georgia and an MBA from George Washington University. He is a member of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and a board member of the St. Armand’s Circle Business Improvement District (BID). Mr. Meshad was appointed in 2011 by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Board of Pharmacy as one of two consumer members and in 2012 by Florida’s Surgeon General to serve on the Board of the Florida PDMP Foundation, Inc. Mr. Meshad previously served as an advisory board member for SouthTrust Bank in Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice from 2001 to 2003. He is a life-long resident of Sarasota, and is the father of four daughters.

Gary BockholdDr. Gary K. Bockhold
Dr. Gary K. Bockhold is a board certified optometric physician with the prestigious Center for Sight Medical Group in Sarasota. A native of Warren, Ohio, Dr. Bockhold received his undergraduate and Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He then served as a clinical instructor at University Clinics until relocating to Sarasota in 1977. He has owned and operated an optometry clinic in this area for more than 35 years. His professional associations include membership in American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association and Manasota Society of Optometry, where he served as president from 1982 and 1983. Dr. Bockhold is also a board member and past-president of the Sarasota Sunrise Rotary Club. He has been a resident in this community for 38 years.

David GrainDavid J. Grain
David J. Grain is Founder and Managing Partner of Grain Management, LLC a privately held investment company in Sarasota specializing in wireless communications throughout the United States. Prior to forming Grain Management, Mr. Grain was President of Global Signal, Inc., a NYSE listed company. Global Signal became one of the largest independent wireless communications tower companies in North America prior to selling to Crown Castle Corporation. Prior to joining Global Signal, Mr. Grain served as Senior Vice President of AT&T Broadband’s New England Region. Prior to joining AT&T, he spent over a decade in the financial services industry in New York City, most recently as a Principal at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Grain is active in national civic affairs, and in July 2011 was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed Mr. Grain to the State Board of Administration’s (SBA) Investment Advisory Council where he recently retired as Chairman. As an active participant in national civic affairs, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Grain to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) in July 2011 where he recently chaired the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience National R&D Plan working group. In September of 2009, Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist appointed Mr. Grain to the State Board of Administration’s (SBA) Investment Advisory Council where he served as Chairman. He previously held a similar position as Chairman of the Investment Committee of Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (Mass PRIM). Mr. Grain currently serves on the Investment Committee of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Company (NYSE – SO) and is a member of The Florida Council of 100. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and is a member of the Board of Trustees. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and has served as a member of the MBA Advisory Board.

Katie MoultonKatherine K. Moulton
Katherine (Katie) Moulton is an award-winning hospitality executive. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, she started her career as a hotel and restaurant design consultant at the industry’s leading firm, based in Washington, DC. Returning to her hometown of Sarasota, FL, Katie spent more than 30 years as President and General Manager of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, a world-renowned destination on exclusive Longboat Key. Under Ms. Moulton's leadership, The Colony was recognized as the number one tennis resort in the United States for an unprecedented eight consecutive years, and received countless awards and accolades from within the industry and media around the globe. In addition, the resort was host to multiple U.S. Presidents and other dignitaries, elite athletes, entertainment celebrities, authors, and distinguished chefs and vintners. Today, Katie has her own consulting firm, Hospitality Advisory Services, offering multi-faceted guidance to owners, developers, real estate investors, and operators. She is also serving as Executive Director of Cayuga Hospitality Consultants, the global network of hospitality consultants. Ms. Moulton is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator specializing in Hospitality and Real Estate Dispute Resolution and provides voluntary mediation services to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. During Ms. Moulton’s career, she has been honored as the Independent Hotelier of the World from Hotels magazine, by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences as a leading hotelier in the world, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Women in Business Award, Girls Inc. Visionary Award, Sarasota’s Tourism Leader of the Year, Businessperson of the Year from Sarasota magazine, and Maddux Report's Distinguished Women in Business Award. Ms. Moulton serves on a number of boards including University of South Florida/Sarasota School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, Child Protection Center, and is the former Chairperson of Florida Lodging Association and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Some of Ms. Moulton’s prior board activities include the board of directors for the Florida Council of 100, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota, and Sarasota County’s Tourist Development Council. She has been a resident in this community for 47 years.

David MaholiasDavid K. Maholias
David K. Maholias is President and CEO of Gateway Bank of Florida and President of Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida, Inc., a position he has held since January 2006. David has been a resident of Daytona Beach, Florida since 1975. He has 28 years of banking experience with SouthTrust Bank and Barnett Bank within the Daytona Beach area. For 11 years, he served on the Executive Management team for SouthTrust Bank’s Central Florida market encompassing Volusia, Flagler, Alachua, Lake, and Sumter counties. Prior to joining Gateway Bank of Florida, he served as Executive Vice President and Senior Lender of SouthTrust Bank’s Central Florida market from 2002 until its sale to Wachovia in 2004. Earlier, he served eight years as Executive Vice President and Retail Banking Administrator for SouthTrust Bank’s Central Florida market overseeing 29 Banking Centers, Sales and Marketing, Compliance/CRA, Consumer Lending, and Small Business Lending. Mr. Maholias is a graduate of Seabreeze High School and the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Finance. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Daytona Beach Halifax Chamber, a member of the Halifax Civic League, an Ambassador at Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, and a member of the Florida Bankers Association’s Board of Directors.

WayneWayne M. Ruben
Wayne Ruben is the founder of WMR Consulting LLC, a leading Real Estate Consulting Business offering a wide variety of real estate consulting services including development, acquisition, disposition, land entitlement, project restructuring, contract negotiation and public/private development ventures. In 2004, Mr. Ruben founded Ruben Holland Development. He was President of Ruben Holland Development for nine years, overseeing the development and financing of the company's regional portfolio of commercial and residential properties. Mr. Ruben moved to Florida in 1992 to open the Florida division for Benderson Development Corporation, a New York based company. As the managing partner for this new division, Mr. Ruben and staff spent the next twelve years completing over 80 projects and expanding the company’s holdings from a single shopping center to one that owned and operated several million square feet of retail, industrial, office, and self-storage space throughout Florida. Mr. Ruben is a highly regarded and sought after expert in real estate development working closely with the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, and Sarasota Memorial Health Systems in a variety of consultant roles. He is best known for his ability to redevelop under-performing commercial projects by dramatically improving the project’s aesthetics and then pursuing a merchant mix of high quality national tenants that will complement each other, thus resulting in higher than average occupancy, renewal rates, and revenue. In 2004, Mr. Ruben sold his interest in Benderson Development Corporation to form Ruben-Holland Development, LLC. Mr. Ruben attended the American University in Washington, DC. He was named 2001 "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Gulf Coast Business Review. He currently serves as board member of the Harbor Acres homeowners’ association and has been a resident in this community for 23 years.

David SessionsDavid E. Sessions
David E. Sessions is the Owner and President/CEO of Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., a Sarasota-based construction management firm. He has had more than 35 years of multi-disciplined commercial construction experience in educational, healthcare, religious, green sustainable, and industrial sectors. Under David’s leadership and guidance, Willis Smith Construction has been recognized as one of the highest quality construction companies in the region, and has been honored with numerous prestigious awards including the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance “Sandies” Business of the Year, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Think Green Business of the Year, the Manatee Chamber’s 2010 Small Business of the Year, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County’s Hall of Fame “Green to Gold,” the Service Company of the Year by the EDC of Sarasota County, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Small Business of the Year Award. Mr. Sessions was named 2008 CEO of the Year in the construction and real estate category by Tampa Bay CEO magazine. The firm was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, for demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the Sarasota and Manatee area communities. A graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Building Construction, Mr. Sessions is extremely active in the community. He currently serves on numerous boards including Florida’s West Coast Region of the American Red Cross, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, and SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence). Mr. Sessions is past Chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. He is also past Chairman of StartUps, past Chairman of the Sarasota County Education Foundation, and a member of Leadership Florida, Class of 2011-12. Willis A. Smith Construction, which was founded in 1972, is a mid-size construction management firm serving specialized client markets throughout Southwest Florida. Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, some of the company’s recent projects include the Sarasota National Cemetery Assembly Area, Sarasota County Technical Institute, Bayside Community Church, PGT Industries, the new Tervis Tumbler Creative Center, and the LECOM School of Dental Medicine. A few of the company’s notable clients include the School Boards of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Ringling College of Art & Design, Florida State University, Ringling Museum of Art, Tidewell Hospice, New College, Mote Marine Laboratory, and numerous other well-known businesses throughout the area. Mr. Sessions has been with the company for over 27 years, and has been a resident in this community for over 35 years.

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