First Home Bank announced the opening of its full-service banking center in downtown Sarasota with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Sarasota Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Cooper and members of the First Home leadership team. The banking center is staffed with eight experienced banking professionals to meet the financial needs of the community, including personal and business loan and deposit services, residential mortgage lending and SBA lending. The banking center is centrally located at 2033 Main Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL, and is the Bank’s first in Sarasota County.

“First Home Bank has a top-notch SBA lending division ranked ninth in the nation, plus a national mortgage lending division. The experience of these two divisions combined with the local team of experts in Sarasota will resonate well with the personal and business banking needs in this community,” said Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Leo. Sarasota banking veteran, Tom Quale is First Home’s President for the market. “Community banking allows you to personally help improve customers lives, whether it’s helping a business with a loan to expand or opening an account to help your children learn to save,” said Quale. “We have the ability to make an impact on our customers and their future.”

To introduce residents to the benefits and services of community banking, First Home is offering three competitive specials, including a new and exclusive high-interest checking account, money market account, and a 15-month CD. Additionally, the Bank offers a full suite of banking services including a free checking account, personalized instant issued debit cards, a Kids’ Club savings account, a TrendSetters Club with perks and events for over 50-year old customers, various mortgage and personal loans, business accounts and commercial lending, and treasury management products. The Bank is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and fresh cookies are served daily. This banking center features a modern design with teller pods to greet customers, and the walls are adorned with art created by local Sarasota artists.

About First Home Bank: First Home Bank was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. With total assets of $354 million, First Home currently operates five full-service banking centers in St. Petersburg, Seminole, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, and Sarasota, 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, 2018, First Home was ranked as the ninth 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. The Bank consistently earns a 5-star rating from and BauerFinancial for its safety, soundness, strength, reliability, and trust.