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Our Story

The history of
Charlotte State Bank & Trust

For more than 90 years, our family-owned business has focused on serving the people and businesses of Florida.

 

A Lifetime of Trust

1929-WSB
1929

Opening Our Doors for Business

Wauchula State Bank opens for business on April 24, 1929.

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1932

Generational Heritage

While working for a Panama City bank, J.W. Crews, Sr. acquires controlling interest of Wauchula State Bank on May 25, 1932, and two years later, he moves to Wauchula to become President of Wauchula State Bank. At age 26, Crews is the youngest bank president in the U.S. according to the American Bankers Association.

1973 Branching into Desoto County
1973

Branching into DeSoto County

First State Bank of Arcadia (now Crews Bank & Trust) is established and opens its doors on N. Brevard Avenue.

1980 Bill
1980

Expanding Our Potential

The Crews family establishes Crews Banking Corporation and DeSoto Banking Corporation holding companies. DeSoto Banking Corporation purchases a controlling interest in First State Bank of Arcadia.

1987-Original-building
1987

Branching into Charlotte County

Charlotte State Bank opens on Tamiami Trail, near Midway Boulevard in Port Charlotte, with Crews Banking Corporation owning controlling interest. Charles Brown II is named bank president.

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1988

Englewood Bank Opens

Local businessman Ferold A. Davis, serves as President.

1990
1990

Small Business Loan Program Established

Over the next three years, Charlotte State Bank would become Florida’s 12th-leading small business lender.

1991-Murdock
1991

Growing to Meet Our Clients' Needs

Charlotte State Bank moves into a new, two-story building at 1100 Tamiami Trail, in the Murdock section of Port Charlotte.

1995--Charles-Brown-III
1995

Charles Brown III is named Charlotte State Bank President

1999-Punta-Gorda
1999

Punta Gorda Branch opens

2002-Parkside
2002

Parkside Branch opens

2003-Peachland
2003

Peachland Branch opens

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2003

A Lifetime of Trust

Charlotte State Bank establishes Trust powers, creating a Trust and Investment Management Services division. DeSoto Banking Corporation merges with Crews Banking Corporation.

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2004

Our Family of Banks

Crews Banking Corporation purchases controlling interest in Englewood Bank, making Crews Banking Corporation a four-bank holding company.

2006-Craig-DeYoung
2006

Craig DeYoung becomes Charlotte State Bank President

2010-Jake-Crews
2010

Fourth Generation

JW “Jake” Crews, IV joins our management team as a fourth-generation Crews family member and today serves as CEO and Chairman of Charlotte State Bank & Trust. He continues to build upon his family's heritage through his passion for technology and dedication to customer relationships.

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2012

With continued growth comes a new name: Charlotte State Bank becomes Charlotte State Bank & Trust

SouthPort Square
2016

South Port Square branch opens for residents of this senior living community in Port Charlotte

2016-Collier-Loan-Office-2
2016

Loan Offices open in Collier and Lee Counties

2017-North-Port
2017

North Port Branch opens

2019-Lee-County
2019

Lee County Loan Office moves to Cape Coral

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Present

Continuing to Grow

With 22 locations serving 13 counties throughout Central and Southwestern Florida, the Crews Banking Corporation family of banks gives world-class service with a community touch.