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John (“Jack”) M. Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Citrus Bancorporation

October 31, 2022

At the age of 34, Jack started Tampa-based First Citrus Bank with his colleagues on the board. He continues to serve as president and chief executive officer. A native of Tampa, he brings over 30 years of Tampa Bay banking, financial and strategic perspective to business owners and executives throughout the region. In high school, his blue-collar roots led to the start-up of a lawn maintenance business he owned and managed for several years into undergraduate school. While attending night classes at Hillsborough Community College and The University of Tampa, he also worked full-time
at a prominent downtown Tampa law firm. Prior to organizing First Citrus Bank in 1998, he held senior positions with The Merchant Bank of Florida and Southern Exchange Bank.

Today, First Citrus Bank is a $700 million financial institution that boasts an enviable track record of success in addition to triumphing throughout a drip of market corrections better known as the Great Recession. First Citrus Bancorporation, OTC Markets: FCIT, ranked as the sixth best-performing regional bank stock in the Southeastern United States over the past five years by S&P Global Market Intelligence. First Citrus Bank ranked as one of the Top 100 Community Banks in America for 2021 by American Banker and was named Top 5 SBA Lender in Tampa Bay for 2020 by the SBA. First Citrus
Bank was selected as the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce 2019 Small Business of the Year and ranked as one of the Top 25 Commercial Loan Producers in the Nation by the magazine Independent Banker. To meet the often-overlooked capital needs of small business owners on a broader scale, Barrett’s vision is to build a Tampa Bay headquartered billion-dollar world-class community bank.

Jack received his bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in accounting, as well as his master’s degree in business administration, from The University of Tampa. He has been quoted in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the RMA Journal, Bank Director magazine and Florida Trend magazine. He was honored with the Esse Quam Videri and Outstanding Young MBA Alumnus awards by The University of Tampa, Florida Banker of the Year and the
President’s Horizon Award from the Florida Bankers Association. Jack has lobbied in Washington D.C. for two decades on behalf of community banking. He speaks on topics ranging from management and leadership to the banking industry and regulation.