Local Bank Adds Commercial Lenders

Wauchula, Fla., Feb. 14, 2020 – Wauchula State Bank strengthened its lending team with the addition of a trio of professional commercial lenders: Robin Carr, Scott Katz and John Laurent. Carr joined the bank in November of last year and Katz came on board in February of 2019. Laurent became a commercial lender in October after spending two years as a business banker at Wauchula State Bank.

“Like all of our lenders, Robin, Scott and John are committed to getting to know their customers and their customers’ businesses,” said Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer Rob Roberts. “They can design loan products that achieve their clients’ specific goals. Our experienced lenders make fast decisions — locally.”

Carr has more than 30 years of banking experience, including proficiencies in lending, underwriting and loan management. He has a strong understanding of the business community and is committed to providing business owners the service they deserve.

Carr grew up in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) degree in finance. He has been involved with various Central Florida Chambers of Commerce. He has a son who is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a daughter in nursing school. He may be reached at 407-897-9267 or rcarr@wauchulastatebank.com.

Katz garnered a wealth of banking and financial experience at banks in Lakeland and Riverview prior to joining Wauchula State Bank. He served as a branch manager, finance center manager, vice president and business banker for various institutions. He proved adept at cross-training staff, increasing deposits, creating and monitoring loan programs, improving service and demonstrating high levels of community involvement.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from Canarsie High School, Katz moved to Florida in 1981. His extensive community involvement includes participating in the “Paint Your Heart Out” campaign with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, delivering food to seniors through Viste (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly), supplying dictionaries to low-income schools through the Rotary Club of Lakeland North and providing belts, underwear, shoes and socks to students in those schools through the Rotary’s B.U.S.S. program.

Katz is a former Rotary president who earned Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Foundation. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Lori, are the parents of two adult daughters. He may be reached at 863-448-2280 or skatz@wauchulastatebank.com.

Laurent has been an integral part of gaining new business customers and expanding services to existing customers since joining the bank in January 2017. He became a Commercial Banker in October of 2019 and continues in the Polk County market, working along with the Winter Haven and Lakeland teams to support the bank’s growth goals for this region.

A sixth-generation Floridian, born in Lakeland, Laurent attended Bartow Senior High School and earned a Business Administration Degree in finance from the University of South Florida. He is a member of the Winter Haven and Bartow Chambers of Commerce and enjoys hunting, fishing, college football, planting trees, improving wildlife habitats and spending time with his family.

ABOUT WAUCHULA STATE BANK – Based in Wauchula, Fla., Wauchula State Bank has served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family owned, locally managed community bank. The late J.W. Crews Sr. (father of the current vice chairman) purchased controlling interest in the bank in 1932, and the bank is still owned and operated by the Crews family. With over $640 million in assets and seven branches located in Hardee, Highlands and Polk counties, Wauchula State Bank is the largest among the family of banks under Crews Bank Corp., the others including Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and Crews Bank & Trust. To learn more, visit www.wauchulastatebank.com. Member FDIC / Equal Housing Lender