First Home Bank is pleased to announce that Tom Quale has joined the bank as President for the Sarasota market. Tom has more than 30 years of community banking and commercial lending experience in the Sarasota area. In addition to Tom’s professional experience, he has dedicated personal time and resources to community improvement through his commitment to numerous organizations. He has served as a board member for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation, as well as having served as an advisor on various community, media, and business organizations. Tom is also active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster.

“We are delighted to have Tom Quale join First Home to lead our Sarasota team. Tom is well known in the Sarasota community for providing exemplary customer service and for working closely with his clients to provide well-crafted business and consumer banking solutions. Tom’s approach to serving clients is a perfect fit with First Home — a Tampa Bay community bank at heart enhanced with nationwide SBA and mortgage lending platforms,” Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Leo said.

“The Tampa Bay area customers have long enjoyed personalized service coupled with advanced technology that the bank readily provides. This will resonate well with our customers in Sarasota,” said Tom. First Home expects to open its Sarasota-community banking center in a prime downtown location later this year under Tom’s leadership. Joining Tom’s team is Frank Maggio as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. Not only does Frank contribute 20 years of commercial lending experience, but he is also actively involved in the Sarasota community. Both Tom and Frank are graduates of the Florida School of Banking.

First Home is comprised of three divisions: Community Banking Division, Residential Mortgage Division, and SBA Lending Division. The Community Banking division provides a full suite of business and consumer banking products and services through four full-service banking centers. The Residential Lending Division provides mortgage loans to homeowners in all 50 states. The bank’s SBA Lending Division ranks as a top 10 SBA Preferred Lender offering SBA loans ranging from $25,000 to $5,000,00 that feature flexible parameters to meet the financial needs of small businesses throughout the nation. First Home consistently earns a 5-star rating from bankrate.com and BauerFinancial for its safety, soundness, strength, reliability, and trust.

About First Home Bank: First Home Bank was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. With total assets of approximately $320 million, First Home currently operates four full-service banking centers in St. Petersburg, Seminole, Pinellas Park, and Clearwater, Florida. In addition to its banking centers, First Home operates a national SBA lending platform and a full service national residential mortgage platform. As of the end of the SBA fiscal year on September 30, 2017, First Home Bank was ranked as the 10th largest SBA Lender nationally in SBA loans originated. Additionally, First Home Bank consistently ranks among the top performing banks in Florida measured by return on average assets and return on average equity.