Cecil F. Gibson III
A second generation banker, serving in the banking and financial services industry for 38 years, Cecil Gibson is currently the Market President for Ameris Bank in Jacksonville, Fla. In his current position he is responsible for all core banking business in the Jacksonville Market, which is a $235 million banking operation. In his market are five banking offices and a commercial lending staff.
Cecil was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Jacksonville in 1968. After 7 years in consumer finance, he entered the banking industry with Florida National Bank of Jacksonville where he remained until their merger with First Union. He spent the next 20 years in community banking, working with Marine National Bank through its merger into what became EverBank. Wanting to get back to community banking, he left his position at EverBank to take his current position at Ameris Bank.
Cecil graduated with a BBA degree from the University of North Florida. He was named to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2003 for his contributions to the business and civic community as an outstanding alumnus of UNF. He is an Honors Graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida. He has been active in the various types of SBA financing programs for the last 20 years. He has served as a business profile consultant for the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida and was nominated as Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year.
In addition to his career in banking, Cecil has been active in the Jacksonville community serving numerous charitable and civic roles. He is a Past President of Rotary Club of West Jacksonville and a Past District Governor for Rotary International for the 62 clubs in Rotary District 6970. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Gateway Council. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Pace Center for Girls, and Essential Capital, Inc. He and his wife Marilyn are both Lifetime Girl Scouts and are involved in numerous church activities including presently serving as the Directors and a presenting team for Catholic Engaged Encounter in the Diocese of St. Augustine.
Cecil and Marilyn have been married for 39 years and have four children, one of whom is a Gold Award Scout and one who is a Silver Award Scout. They also have 6 grandchildren.