Brian Yates joins Citizens Bank & Trust as Sr. VP/Small Business Lending Director

LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Yates as Senior Vice President and Small Business Director.
As Small Business Director, Brian will be responsible for helping to establish and implement a small business lending unit for the bank. Brian will be responsible for managing business development and production of this new and very important line of business for the bank.

Mr. Yates has been a community banker in Central Florida for 18 years and currently serves as a Winter Haven City Commissioner elected in 2019. A Winter Haven native and 7th generation Floridian, Brian graduated from Winter Haven High School, attended Polk State College and graduated from the Florida School of Banking. Brian is the commission liaison to the Planning Commission, MainStreet Winter Haven, Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) (seat 2), Ritz Theatre and Ridge League of Cities (alternate). Brian is a past member of the Florence Villa CRA Advisory Committee. He is also a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Winter Haven.

“We could not be happier to have Brian join our Citizens Bank & Trust family,” said Citizens Bank & Trust President Greg Littleton. “He is a leader and true asset to the Winter Haven Community.”

Citizens Bank & Trust is celebrating its 100th year of financial stability in Polk County. Founded in 1920 in Frostproof, CB&T is a full-service financial institution providing personal and commercial banking deposit and loan products, along with Trust & Investment services.Branches are located in Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland and Winter Haven.