Cecil F. Gibson III
A second generation banker, serving in the banking and financial services industry for 39 years, Cecil Gibson is currently the Commercial Banking Market Executive for Ameris Bank in St. Augustine. In his current position, he is responsible for all core banking business in the St. Augustine Market which is a $450 million banking operation. In his market are nine banking offices and a commercial lending staff.
Cecil was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Jacksonville in 1968. After seven 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 from 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 in numerous charitable and civic roles. He is a 28-year member of the Rotary Club and is a Past President and former member of the Board of Directors. He has also served as a District Governor for Rotary International in 2007-08 where he served 62 clubs and 3,800 Rotarians in Rotary District 6970, which covers North Florida. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of 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 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 and six grandchildren, all of whom live in the North Florida area.