Board of Directors
About Us


George D. Pickhardt

Board Chairman

George D. Pickhardt was a founding director of Florida Shores Bank (2007-2014) and a member of Colonial Bank's Advisory Board and was a board member (2000-2004) and audit committee chair of Premier Community Bank. Mr. Pickhardt is president of Arrow Environmental Services Inc. a service company specializing in structural pest control, lawn and ornamental pest control, landscape maintenance, and interior-scape design and maintenance, which is headquartered in Sarasota with several offices along the western coast of the state. Mr. Pickhardt is extensively involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Pickhardt received a BS, an MS, and an MBA from the University of Florida, and did PhD studies and research work at Cornell University.

George T. Smith

Vice Chairman

Mr. Smith worked for Deposit Bank of Monroe County in Kentucky for a period of nine years holding the position of Cashier prior to his move to Bradenton in the late 1960’s. He became CEO of Halco Construction in 1971 and then founded Topps Construction Company, holding the positions of Owner and CEO. In 1986, he formed a group to organize the Bank of Bradenton, a State Chartered Bank, where he served as Chairman until the bank was sold to SouthTrust Bank in 1994. In 1997 he formed a group to organize First Bradenton Bank, which was founded as a thrift and later converted to a state chartered bank. He served as its chairman until the bank was sold in 2004. He has strong ties in Manatee County having been active in local real estate and construction here since 1971.

James "Jim" Kuhlman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to 1st Manatee Bank, Mr. Kuhlman served as Market President for Stonegate Bank in its Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte County markets.  Mr. Kuhlman has over 30 years of banking experience, all on the west coast of Florida.  He was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Shores Bank, until its merger with Stonegate in January 2014.  He was Area President for Colonial Bank, after Premier Community Bank (the bank he founded as CEO in 1996), was acquired in 2003. Prior to Premier, Mr. Kuhlman was City Executive for SunTrust Bank in Manatee County.

Mr. Kuhlman is very active in the local community, serving (or has served) in leadership capacities with numerous organizations:

Mr. Kuhlman was the recipient of the following awards:

Mr. Kuhlman served for 21 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from The University of Florida and a Master’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Norman J. Pinardi

Mr. Pinardi was born in New York City and moved to Florida with his family in 1951. Upon graduation for the University of Florida in 1958, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer for three years. Upon leaving active duty, he accepted a position with Florida Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program where he served as Information Officer and Director of Information from 1961 to 1964. In 1965 he was named Director of Information for the Manatee County Committee of 100. In 1967 he joined Inter City National Bank as an Assistant Vice President and retired in 1986 as Executive Vice President. He also served as Vice President of Affiliate Trail National Bank and Bayshore State Bank. Mr. Pinardi was elected as a director of Bayshore State Bank in 1971. The bank was later sold. In 1986, he worked with George Smith to help organize the Bank of Bradenton and was named President and a Director of the Bank. He served in that capacity until the bank was sold in 1994. He then worked for SouthTrust Bank until 1997, when he again joined with Mr. Smith in the organizing of First Bradenton Bank where he was again named President and a Director of the Bank. After retiring as President in 2002, he remained as Vice Chairman of the Board until the bank was sold to Fifth Third Bank. He also served for 17 years with the Florida Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has been an active resident of Manatee County since 1964 and is very well known to the community.

Tony Spivey

Mr. Spivey is a native Floridian, born in Bradenton and attended school in Manatee County. He is the owner of Spivey Construction, responsible for construction of both commercial and single family buildings in the Manatee and Sarasota market area. He has been involved in the construction business for over 30 years and maintains an excellent reputation within the industry for quality and honesty. Mr. Spivey has been active in various civic organizations and is well known in the community.

Charles H. Deters

Charles H. Deters was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in both Ocala, Florida, and Walton, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati Law School. Mr. Deter’s previous banking experiences include President of Union Savings and Loan from 1960-1981, and board seats at the following institutions during various periods from 1975 to present: Farmers National Bank, Independent National Bank, Huntington Bank, and Covington Trust Bank. Mr. Deter’s other professional interests include Chairman of the Deters Company, Snappy Tomato Pizza Company,  and Independence Lumber and Supply Company, Inc.

Jeremy J. Deters

Jeremy J. Deters was born in Covington, Kentucky, and currently resides in Walton, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati Law School. Mr. Deter’s professional interests include owner of Jeremy J. Deters P.S.C. and President of Snappy Tomato Pizza Company  and the Deters Company. He also serves as Vice President of Independence Lumber Company, Inc. and member of Navigo Prep LLC. Mr. Deter was previously involved with Independent National Bank in Ocala, sitting on the Board from 2002-2010.

Jon B. Baldwin

Jon B. Baldwin was a founding director of Florida Shores Bank (2007-2014) and Premier Community Bank (1996-2004). Mr. Baldwin has been active in Parsley-Baldwin Realty in St. Petersburg and Boca Grande since 1975 and has been involved with numerous real estate developments including residential single-family, residential condominiums, retail shopping centers, and self-storage operations in Southwest Florida. He earned a BSBA from the University of Florida.

David M. Dignam

David M. Dignam was a founding director of Florida Shores Bank (2007-2014) and Premier Community Bank (1996-2004) and served on Colonial Bank's Southwest Region Advisory Board. Mr. Dignam is President of Key Agency, a regional insurance agency headquartered in Englewood with branch offices in Boca Grande and North Port. He served on the Charlotte County Development Authority and the Charlotte County School Board, and previously served under Governor Bob Martinez as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and as Legislative Director for the Florida Department of Professional Regulation. He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of South Florida.

Thomas H. Taylor, Jr.

Thomas H. Taylor was a founding director of Florida Shores Bank (2007-2014) and a board member of Premier Community Bank (2000-2004) and served on Colonial Bank's local Advisory Board. Mr. Taylor, a fifth generation Floridian, has been involved for over twenty-five years in various family-owned businesses with a focus in agricultural, multi-family, and commercial properties. In 2003, he and other family members sold the 17,000 acre Taylor Ranch which is now being developed into a planned community of over 5,000 homes. For his philanthropy, family connections and financial influence, he was recently voted as one of Sarasota County's 100 most powerful people. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Florida.

Michael J. Inzitari, Jr.

Upon graduation from St. Basil’s pre-seminary high school in Stamford, Connecticut, Mr. Inzitari served in the Army Security Agency receiving a “Top Secret-Crypto” clearance. Upon leaving the agency, he started his business career joining a large, publicly-owned, Houston-based power tool company in sales and marketing. Taking advantage of a growing economy and company expansion into distribution, he pivoted to start his own business distributing industrial tools based in the Detroit, Michigan market. Again, after impressive growth, he sold the business and pivoted to another facet of the business, forming a partnership to import products from Japan and Taiwan. Leveraging this experience, he divested that business and joined a new group of associates to begin a start-up manufacturing company in the power tool field that grew to $45M, enjoying 32% compound growth five consecutive years. Being active in M&A, that company was sold to a global tool group and Mike then started two new importing and distribution businesses, one U.S.-based and the other in Canada. He is currently the CEO for both of these businesses. His investment portfolio includes extensive real estate holdings in both the U.S. and Canada. He splits his time between his homes in Fort Myers and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.