Jason Russek serves as EVP, Tampa Market President at Amerant Bank since June 2022. In his role, he leads all aspects of business and operations for the multifaceted and growing Greater Tampa Bay region. A finance and business executive with deep knowledge of the area, Russek has vast experience in relationship banking, wealth management, sales and product development, and regional banking strategies.
Prior to Amerant, Russek was Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Regional Executive for West, Central, and North Florida at BankUnited, N.A., for seven years. Before that, he was Senior Vice President of Branch Banking & Trust’s Commercial Banking Group from 2007 to 2015. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Vice President and Relationship Manager for the Wachovia Bank, N.A., Private Banking Group in St. Petersburg, Fla. From 2003 to 2005, he was Director of Sales and Marketing for a successful startup, The CMI Network Inc., and held the same role from 1999 to 2003 at Pace Products Inc. of Orlando. Adding to Russek’s varied sales development background is his previous role at USA TODAY, where he served as Market Director for Florida from 1997 to 1999. From 1991 to 1997, Russek had several roles from bank operations to Regional Sales Manager at Bank of America, N.A., formerly NationsBank, N.A., and NCNB.
Russek holds a B.A. in Economics from University of South Florida and is a graduate of Stonier’s Graduate School of Banking, Wharton School of Business – American Bankers Association. He has served on the Sunshine State Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors since 2010 and was Chairman from 2014 to 2018. He has served as Board Trustee and Mentor for the Northeast High School Academy of Finance in St. Petersburg since 2011 and is currently its co-chair. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Academy Prep of Saint Petersburg from 2012 to 2018.