Our Team of Small Business Banking Professionals
For small business owners in North and Central Florida, partnering with a commercial banker committed to your goals and financial vision is exactly what you need to ensure that your business continues to grow and expand. For over 60 years, Florida Credit Union has provided small business banking services aimed at assisting our commercial members, and with our team of commercial lenders and bankers, we can help you manage your business’ finances and foster the growth and development you dream about.
If you’re interested in commercial and retail banking services, then contact Florida Credit Union’s business banking team today using the information below!
SVP of Commercial Services
Evan Pitts joins Florida Credit Union with over 18 years in the financial industry and over 12 years of commercial lending experience. Graduating with an undergraduate degree from the US Air Force Academy and an MBA from Old Dominion University, Evan spent 12 years total in the Air Force before transitioning to commercial banking.
Evan’s expertise stems from supporting local business owners to make the big purchases, from buying equipment or real estate, to refinancing business debt and making renovations. This drive to help small business, plus having spent the last 10 years in Gainesville, he understands the local commercial community and is now serving as Florida Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Services.
“To me, the best part of what I do is helping business owners achieve their financial goals.”
Active in numerous civic and community-oriented organizations, Evan has served as a volunteer and advocate for the United Way of North Central Florida and Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, serves on the Board of Directors for Stop Children’s Cancer, was the past president of the University City Kiwanis Club, and is still actively participates in BANCF and GACAR. At home, Evan spends time with his high-school sweetheart and wife of 20 years, Tracy, and playing and coaching sports with their two sons.
Email Evan: email@example.com
VP/ Business Relationship Manager
In his 15 year career as a banker, Robert Cooksey has always been passionate about servicing a client's financial needs and partnering with them to achieve their financial goals. Over the years, he has been fortunate to work in the Marion and Alachua county areas with many industries such as: manufacturing, distribution, medical, professional, religious organizations, and investors. On the personal side, Robert is an avid connector who thrives on cultivating relationships. Through his current profession, he has combined his two interests - both networking and banking;
working with businesses to help them leverage resources throughout the community to build their financial success.
As Vice President and Commercial Lender of Florida Credit Union, our core values are local market decisions, long term growth of our institution and employees, exceeding our members' expectations, building life-long friendships, and the commitment to our faith and family. Robert specializes in commercial lending for customers who seek a partner that understands their business and is experienced and compassionate about the challenges businesses face in today’s economic times. If you have a commercial lending need, he can show you how a consultive, creative banker can partner with you to work towards your financial goals.
As an experienced commercial banker, Robert possess the ability to understand the industries he's served and the challenges they've faced. It is his business to learn as much about specific industries, this community and the economy so that he can serve as a resource to clients. Robert regularly assists business owners, non-profits and other professionals about specific lending structures and financing options.
VP of Commercial Services
Jane has over 16 years experience in the banking and financial services industries, serving in a host of roles in both commercial and retail lending. She specializes in commercial loans and banking solutions, including commercial real estate, investment real estate, C & I, lines of credit, and equipment financing. Jane takes a consultative approach to lending by evaluating her client’s goals to ensure that they obtain the best loan product to fit their needs. Integrity forms the foundation of her business, and she believes that lending should focus on building relationships and helping clients achieve their financial goals. Many loan officers can provide loans. Jane’s mission is to provide her clients with the right loan. Therefore, she puts her experience to work for her clients to ensure that their goals and specific needs are met in a fashion best suited for their long term success.
Jane is a Gainesville native, a graduate of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, and a graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in Economics. Upon graduation she worked in the education field prior to returning to the financial field in 2005; obtaining her real estate and mortgage licenses and working as a realtor and mortgage broker for several years. She most recently has been employed with regional banks in Gainesville since 2008. She is active in the Gainesville community, currently serving as an Ambassador for the Builders Association of North Central Florida, Advisory Board Member for the F.W. Buchholz Academies of Finance and Entrepreneurship, and an Auxiliary Board Member for Children’s Home Society. She is also a graduate of Leadership Gainesville, Class of 39. In addition, she has served on many other non-profit boards and committees in roles such as Chairperson, Co-Chair, and Treasurer.
Jane is a longtime Gainesville resident who enjoys traveling, biking, skiing, boating, and the beach with family and friends. Jane is a proud mom of three children aged 18-21, who are all successful in their respective lives and endeavors.
Business Account Manager
Gary Schmidt brings 28 years of credit union and banking experience to Florida Credit Union. A graduate of the University of Florida, he has spent his entire career in the Ocala and Gainesville markets. Gary has served as a Consumer Lender, Branch Manager, Loan Underwriter, Investment Advisor and Mortgage Originator during his financial services career.
Gary supports his local community and participates in Ocala Chamber & Economic Partnership outings, Marion County Builder Association events, public school projects and Ocala YMCA functions.
Gary enjoys family time with his beautiful wife of 23 years Tiffany, three wonderful children and a classic 1969 Mustang Mach 1.