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The Bank of Tampa and Hillsboro Bank Complete Merger

Oct. 1, 2021

Oct. 1, 2021—Tampa, Fla.—The Bank of Tampa today completed its merger with Hillsboro Bank. The combined entity will now operate as The Bank of Tampa, with assets over $3 billion and 12 offices located in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

“The completion of our merger with Hillsboro Bank unites two strong, local community banks, both committed to serving their communities. We are excited to welcome Hillsboro Bank clients, employees and shareholders to The Bank of Tampa, and we look forward to working with Mike Ward, Pam Warnock, Matt Buzza and their team to continue the great work they are doing in the Plant City market,” said Bill West, CEO at The Bank of Tampa and Corey Neil, president at The Bank of Tampa, in a joint statement.

“We are looking forward to joining The Bank of Tampa and expanding the products and services we can bring to the Plant City market, which has been our home for the past 23 years,” said Mike Ward, CEO of Hillsboro Bank, who has joined The Bank of Tampa as Plant City market president. “We are looking forward to continuing to serve our clients with our vision for community-minded banking, as well as reach new business and families.” 

Hillsboro Bank’s board of directors will continue to be involved as the Plant City Advisory Board. Gary Boothe, Hillsboro Bank’s current chairman, will remain chairman of The Bank of Tampa’s Plant City advisory board.

About The Bank of Tampa

The Bank of Tampa is one of the largest community banks in the Tampa Bay area. It has been privately held by its employees, directors and clients since the bank’s inception in 1984. It has offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties and a loan production office in Pasco County. The Bank of Tampa’s assets total more than $3 billion. Its wealth management practice has more than $1 billion total assets under care. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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