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Wednesday June 2, 2021


Tampa, FL -- The Outback Bowl has announced that Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank, will continue for a second year in the post of Chair of the Board of Directors of the popular New Year’s Day college…

The Outback Bowl has announced that Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank, will continue for a second year in the post of Chair of the Board of Directors of the popular New Year’s Day college bowl game located in Tampa.

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Thursday December 31, 2020

Pilot Bank names longtime St. Pete businessman Roy Binger to lead market

He had previously served as SunTrust Bank's president for the St. Petersburg region.

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Monday September 28, 2020

National industry group taps area banker for leadership role

Rita Lowman, president of Tampa-based Pilot Bank, has been named to the American Bankers Association’s board of directors. She will also serve as 2021 vice chairwoman of the ABA’s Government Relations Council, and then take over as chairwoman in 2022.

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Friday September 27, 2019

Tampa bank president working to level playing field with credit unions

Bankers associations argue that credit unions should be tax exempt.

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Friday August 2, 2019

Pilot Bank is honored to support Florida College

Pilot Bank is honored to support Florida College. We also have outstanding graduates who are making a difference for our bank. Enjoy the video!

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Friday August 2, 2019

CEO Roy Hellwege named CEO’s Against Cancer Chair for American Cancer Society

Chairman and CEO of Pilot Bank, Roy Hellwege, has been named to a two-year term as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, Florida Chapter, beginning January 2020.

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Wednesday July 31, 2019

Meet the 2019 BusinessWoman of the Year honorees

The Tampa Bay Business Journal has named 27 honorees for the 2019 BusinessWoman of the Year awards.

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Friday February 22, 2019

Guest column: Best practices from a mentoring specialist

Your mentor should help you strategize and challenge your thought process.

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Monday July 16, 2018

Mentoring is a passion and a business imperative for BusinessWoman of the Year Angie’s Award honoree

Rita Lowman, president of Pilot Bank, has great joy in seeing others succeed. That’s why Lowman, a veteran banker who just wrapped up a term as chairwoman of the Florida Bankers Association, has mentored many younger co-workers and others in the business community.

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Tuesday June 26, 2018

A Conversation with Rita Lowman: Reflecting on a Year as Chair of the FBA

Rita Lowman is one of the Tampa Bay area’s leading businesspeople. Her accomplishments are many, and her commitment to the bay area is evident. As the president of Pilot Bank, she’s an example of a strong work ethic, a philanthropic mindset, and an attitude toward teamwork. Rita shared her time with #TeamElevate to provide an inside perspective to her year as chair of the Florida Bankers Association. Read the Q & A here.

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Friday June 15, 2018

Tampa bank will cross the bay for its first St. Pete office

Pilot Bank plans to open its first St. Petersburg office in late October.

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Wednesday December 13, 2017

Pilot Bank’s Hanisha Patel Appointed to Executive Committee of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce

Tampa, Florida [December 13, 2017] -- Pilot Bank is pleased to announce that Vice President and South Tampa Market Leader Hanisha Patel has been selected to join the prominent Indo-US Chamber of Commerce…

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Thursday September 14, 2017

Equifax Breach: Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been hearing about the Equifax breach in the news. What happened? Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, experienced a massive data breach. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security…

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Friday January 27, 2017

Pilot Bank Joins Outback Bowl

Tampa, FL – Outback Bowl officials announced today that Pilot Bank has joined the annual New Year’s Day bowl as an Official Game Sponsor in a multi-year agreement.   Pilot will receive designation as the…

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Tuesday April 12, 2016

Join us at EcoFest 2016

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Wednesday April 6, 2016

Pilot Bank & NAFCO Take Part in Nationwide Young Eagles Rally

Tuesday April 28, 2015

Cyber Risk Alert

Cybersecurity experts are informing the public about a cyber-attack known as “Dyre Wolf” that installs malware by tricking users into clicking on a malicious email. The malware monitors activity and waits…

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Tuesday May 13, 2014

Free Home Buying Seminar

Hosted by Pilot Bank Presented by:Tiffany Bell from Pilot Bank The Fundamentals of Buying a Home in Today’s Market Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 Time: 11:45am to 1:30pm Location:  5140…

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Tuesday April 15, 2014

Heartbleed Bug update

Last week security experts discovered what is now called the Heartbleed bug.  This bug is a flaw in two versions of the widely used OpenSSL software that encrypts online data transactions.  The security…

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