Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, a community bank based in Florida, expanded its commercial banking leadership team, adding James Norton as executive vice president and commercial real estate executive, Chris Rolle as president of the west Florida region and Robert Hursh as market president for Pinellas County in Florida.
“As Seacoast grows, we continue to expand our leadership team with talented individuals who have diverse backgrounds and market expertise,” Austen Carroll, executive vice president and chief lending officer of Seacoast Bank, said. “James, Chris and Robert each bring strong track records of high performance, and each has a significant following in the banking community in Florida.”
Norton has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Prior to joining Seacoast, Norton was based in Tampa, FL, and led the expansion of BB&T’s commercial real estate business statewide before relocating to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Most recently, Norton served as real estate banking director covering the Mid-Atlantic market at JPMorgan Chase. He also held leadership positions with IronStone Bank and SunTrust Bank in the Southeast.
Rolle’s coverage area will extend from the Tampa Bay, FL, area to the Naples-Ft. Myers, FL, area. Rolle is a Tampa native and a former executive at Synovus Bank, Florida Community Bank and BB&T, covering both the Tampa Bay area and the central Florida market.
Hursh, a Pinellas County, FL, native, has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as senior vice president with Synovus Bank. Hursh will partner with Cathy Swanson, market executive for Pinellas County, who joined Seacoast in August 2020 after serving as Freedom Bank’s CEO and president.
These hires follow the expansion of Seacoast’s commercial banking team over the last several months, including the addition of Ron York, formerly of First Horizon Bank, as treasury management executive, and the addition of a commercial banking team in central Florida from Wells Fargo, including Pam Notarantonio as regional credit officer for the central Florida market, Dan Hilken as regional president for central Florida and six other commercial bankers.