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Republic Bank

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Republic Bank has grown to become the largest locally-owned community bank in Kentucky. With 45 banking centers in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Tennessee and Ohio, and $5.1 billion in assets, Republic is dedicated to meeting the needs of consumers, small business owners and large corporations by offering a full range of competitive products and services while providing highly personalized service.

James E. Kirkpatrick
Florida Market President

James E. Kirkpatrick is the Florida Market President of Republic Bank which has seven (7) Banking Centers in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. Jim joined Republic Bank in 2017 as the Hillsborough Market Manager and moved into his current role in 2019. A native of Philadelphia, Jim moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2012 following a 28-year banking career which included the role of Chief Lending Officer at Roma Bank of Robbinsville, NJ and at the former Leesport Bank (Tompkins Financial) in Reading, PA from 1998 through 2012.

Jim is active with numerous Boards and Non-Profit organizations in the Tampa Bay Region to include Advisory Board at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Board Member on the Urban League of Hillsborough County, Board Member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – North Florida Region, Executive Committee of the Gasparilla Bowl 2022, Past President of the Rotary Club of Tampa – Westshore and was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Florida Bankers Association.

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