About Us


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It all began in the summer of 1997; a small group of individuals and business leaders who envisioned what a bank should be, and who believed that Plant City could really benefit from a community bank, got together and started dreaming. They wanted a bank where customers would feel known, understood, and supported. They believed that developing a solid banking relationship was the key for individuals and businesses in our community to thrive, prosper and grow. The group came together with their vision of a relationship bank and together founded Hillsboro Bank. In July 1998, their vision was realized when Hillsboro Bank opened its doors for the first time. Initially the Bank operated in a small trailer out in front of where our permanent location was being built. The Bank moved into its headquarters on Alexander Street in November of 1998 and has been overwhelmed ever since by the support of our community. It is because of this support, and the values instilled by the bank's founding leaders, that Hillsboro Bank was able to open a branch office in Valrico in 2007 and today continues to grow and change to meet the needs of our community.

Today, many of our founding leaders remain involved in growing and shaping our Bank. We are passionate about what we do and love being a part of the communities we serve. We value our customers and our employees and want to listen to you, get to know you, and help you succeed. At Hillsboro Bank, our customers have and always will be our top priority. Our customers are not just numbers to us, instead we get to know them, laugh with them, sympathize with them, and are reminded daily of how great people can really be.

To our customers we want to thank you for your business and continued support. To those of you who are looking for a hometown bank where you are the priority, stop by and see us today.

Meet the Team

Our Team
Mike Ward
Chief Executive Officer
Pamela C Warnock
Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Kenneth D Hawthorne, CPA
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Matthew D. Buzza
Vice President
Commercial Loans
Jennifer K Denney
Assistant Vice President
Taryn J Elliot
Assistant Vice President
Administrative Coordinator
Board of Directors
Gary L Boothe
Chairman of the Board
Retired from Hillsboro Bank
Mike Ward
President and CEO of Hillsboro Bank
Sam Astin III
President and Owner of Astin Farms, Inc.
Antonio C Azorin
President and CEO of Florida Brick & Clay, Inc
Trey Mueller
Founder/Partner of Dental Associates of Florida
Mark S Poppell
Vice President of Poppell Insurance, Inc.
James M. Scott
Vice President of Jarrett Scott Ford, Inc.
Michael S Sparkman
President and Owner of Sparky's Oil Company, Inc.
Donald K Stine
General Partner of Stine Family Partnership, LTD



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