New York, NY — February 25, 2019 — The New York League of Independent Bankers (NYLIB) is pleased to announce that Casey Christopher, First Vice President and Business Development Officer of CenterState Bank’s Correspondent Division, has joined NYLIB as President. She will be tasked with leading advocacy efforts, growing membership, developing educational programs, and organizing a voice for local, independent financial institutions across New York City.
At CenterState Bank, a publicly traded commercial bank with over $12 billion in assets based in Winter Haven, Florida, Christopher manages a customer portfolio of over 200 community banks, and she plans to utilize this vast network to inform NYLIB’s philosophy on future advocacy and programming initiatives.
“Casey has her finger on the pulse of what community banks need, and knows what keeps them up at night. This kind of knowledge is critical as NYLIB continues to grow in size, scale, and relevance,” said Pinchus Raice, Co-Founder of NYLIB and Co-Chair of Pryor Cashman’s Financial Institutions Group.
Christopher is an active member of the Florida Bankers Association, New Jersey Bankers Association, Financial Women’s Association of NY, Financial Managers Society of NY/NJ and the Junior League of Bergen County. She is a co-founding member of the Florida Bankers Association’s Annual Florida Women in Banking Conference and currently serves on the Junior League of Bergen County Board as their Membership VP, as well as on the Ohio University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, where she sits on the Board of Trustees and is Chairwoman of the National Alumni Board (2018-2020).
Board Member Phil Gonzalez added, “Casey’s depth and knowledge of the community banking world will reap significant rewards for NYLIB both today and well into the future.”
“NYLIB has a wonderful opportunity to foster change through their strength in numbers. They count some of the top community banks in the state among their ranks, and I am thrilled to lead them as we forge a new chapter in the association’s history,” said Christopher.
Christopher was awarded The Dr. C. Arnold Matthews Honor Graduate Award in 2012 at the 43rd Annual Florida School of Banking, which was established to recognize a graduating senior who achieved the highest standard of excellence during their attendance. She is also a 2015 graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and a 2002 graduate of Ohio University.