TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Citrus Bank is pleased to announce JoEllen Henderson has joined as Chief Credit Officer.  A Florida banking veteran, Henderson is responsible for First Citrus Bank’s credit delivery platform and portfolio risk management systems.

“Our business plan calls for First Citrus to be a $500 million dollar company in 2019, thus JoEllen’s billion dollar bank experiences managing credit risk is timely,” said Jack Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Citrus Bank.  “Because we are very serious about soundness and serious about growth, we’ve always integrated the right talent proactively; JoEllen will make us better.”

"First Citrus Bank has a proven track record of excellence - not only financially, but in the community as well,” said Henderson.  "I'm excited to support the continued growth by effectively managing credit risk – while supporting our Business Bankers in meeting client needs."

Henderson has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.  For nearly 10 years, she has held a variety of senior positions within the credit area, most recently as the Chief Credit Officer at American Momentum Bank. 

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from West Liberty University and in Pre-Law from Wheeling Jesuit University.  Henderson completed her Master of Business Administration degree at NOVA University.  She has been an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels since 2015, and was involved in the Board of Directors Junior Achievement from 2008 to 2011.

About First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc.
First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. is a Florida corporation and the parent bank holding company for First Citrus Bank, a Florida commercial bank.  First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.  Stock trades on the OTCPink under ticker symbol “FCIT.”

About First Citrus Bank
First Citrus Bank, a $336 million commercial bank, was established in 1999 and headquartered in Tampa. Ranked as one of the Top 25 Commercial Loan Producers in the Nation by IB Independent Banker Magazine, it serves businesses and individuals through a range of tailored financial solutions designed to fit their needs.  Specializing in retail and commercial banking services, the Bank has five locations throughout Tampa Bay.

First Citrus Bank creates a more vibrant Tampa Bay through financing economic growth at the local level.  For additional information, please visit http://www.firstcitrus.com.

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