CEO Lynne Wines

Lynne Wines, CEO, First Southern Bank, speaks to students about her experiences. Free and open to the public.
Feb 20, 2013
6:00 PM

Lynne Wines is CEO of First Southern Bank and a member of the board of its holding company, First Southern Bancorp.

Her experience includes being president of Orlando-based CNLBank and holding leadership roles at both Colonial Bank and Union Bank of Florida. She is chairwoman of the United Way of Broward County, vice chairwoman of 211 First Call for Help and a member of the executive committee of the Council for Educational Change.

Now, Wines is in charge of a bank with 15 branches across Florida. Much of its growth has come from acquiring two failed banks in the Orlando and Jacksonville markets.

“We’ve demonstrated to our markets that we’re serious about clients and about building a bank focused on them, so we want to leverage our capital strength and outstanding talent base to make great things happen for even broader segments of our communities,” Wines said in a news release. “We’ll look for opportunities to grow through FDIC transactions and others when they’re appropriate, but we believe we have a remarkable opportunity now. We want to deliver outstanding local service from bankers who live and work in the community, understand their clients’ needs, and meet those needs with the best products and greatest convenience."

Wines, whose financial services leadership spans 30 years in Florida, has also served the community as:

  • Vice chair of public television station WPBT, Channel 2
  • Chair of the American Heart Association’s community board and walk campaign
  • Campaign chair for the March of Dimes’ Walk America
  • Director of the Work-Life Balance Institute

Wines has been named by U.S. Banker magazine as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women to Watch.” In addition, she has received the South Florida Business Journal’s Diamond CEO and Business Woman of the Year awards and has been recognized among Women at the Top by the organization Commercial Real Estate Women.

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