First GREEN Bank
Keith Costello, is the CEO of First GREEN Bank, a $550 million in assets community bank with a global mission. The bank has 6 branches in Central Florida and opened a branch in Fort Lauderdale in August 2016. Until October 2015, Mr. Costello served as Division President, South East Florida Region with Centennial Bank. He began this role as a condition of the sale of Broward Bank of Commerce was purchased to Home BancShares, (Centennial Bank HOMB: Nasdaq), in October 2014 at one of the top valuations since the recession. At the time of the purchase Mr. Costello served as President and Chief Executive Officer and was an Organizing Director of Broward Bank of Commerce, headquartered in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Broward Bank of Commerce was one of the last new banks chartered in the United States opening in January of 2009. The bank quickly became one of the highest performing banks in the state at a time when the south Florida economy was in a deep recession. The bank achieved a highest 5-star rating from Bauer rating services and was listed as one of the 368 safest banks in America by MSN.
A 25-year veteran of financial services, Mr. Costello has been featured in numerous local, regional and national media and often serves as a speaker and panelist for various financial events and conferences. Prior to his appointment at Broward Bank of Commerce, Mr. Costello was President of Private Banking and Senior Lender of Bank of Florida Southeast and served in numerous senior leadership roles at City National Bank of Florida and NationsBank (predecessor of Bank of America). He started his business career as a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch in 1987 after leaving active duty military service in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of Captain.
Mr. Costello holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa and a Masters of
Business Administration degree from the University of Miami. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996 and is a member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Costello is involved in several local charities and organizations and currently serves on the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, 2017 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, is an active member of the Florida Bankers Association and serves as a lector at Saint Anthony Catholic Church.
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