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Florida Bankers Association recognizes Bill Klich with award

Bill Klich, 73, is the former head of Florida operations for BB&T. [LARA CERRI | Times file, 2009]
Bill Klich, 73, is the former head of Florida operations for BB&T. [LARA CERRI | Times file, 2009]
Published Jun. 19, 2018

Former Tampa Bay banking executive Bill Klich was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Bankers Association last week at an annual meeting in Palm Coast.

Klich, 73, has a strong reputation with more than four decades of commercial banking experience in almost every market across Florida, including Tampa and St. Petersburg. He was formerly the CEO, chairman and president of Republic Bank, based in St. Petersburg, which, at one time, was the largest bank in the Tampa Bay area before it was acquired by North Carolina-based BB&T Corporation in 2003. The next year he became president of Florida operations for BB&T Bank. He retired in 2010 from BB&T to serve as the chair of the Florida Bankers Association and now is self-employed as a financial services consultant.

"Bill is known for his commitment to the banking industry and for his passion in serving his community, his family and his profession," said Pamela Ricco, FBA's executive vice president and COO, in a news release. "He is a man of dedication and integrity. We are proud to recognize him for a lifetime of service to the banking industry."

The FBA Executive Committee presents the award, which was established in 2011, to a person who has significantly impacted the Florida banking industry in his or her professional life.

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