Wauchula State Bank’s dedication to serving individuals, families, and businesses in our local communities has remained strong. We’re proud of this commitment.
We’re still here … for you and generations to come.
Donna McKown Named President
Donna began her career with the bank in 1980 and has been in senior management more than 20 years. Her dedication to the organization and passion for helping customers reinforce the culture of Wauchula State Bank in providing excellent service with trust and integrity.
J.W. "Jake" Crews IV moves from President to lead the bank as CEO.
J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr. assumes the Vice Chairman role and continues his distinguished career that has included service with professional and community organizations.
Winter Haven Branch Opens
Wauchula State Bank grows into Polk County.
J.W. "Jake" Crews, IV Named President
Wauchula State Bank names J.W. “Jake” Crews IV as President and Robert E. “Bob” Hanchey as Vice Chairman.
J.W. "Jake" Crews, IV
Jake joins our management team as a fourth generation Crews family member.
After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and spending three years as a bank examiner in Florida, Jake is bringing a fresh perspective to the organization.
Jake continues to build upon his family's heritage through his passion for technology and dedication to customer relationships.
Broadening Our Accessibility
With a growing number of customers in the Sebring area, we opened the Sebring Lake Jackson office in 2000 and added a second Sebring Fairmount branch in 2007.
1997 - 1999
Wauchula State Financial Services
Wauchula State Financial Services was established to provide non-bank financial services to our customers and communities.
J.W. "Bill" Crews Jr., Chairman of the Board, names Robert E. "Bob" Hanchey as President. (Pictured)
Reaching Into New Counties
The bank expands its service coverage area to Highlands County with a Lake Placid branch.
To accommodate the needs of our growing customer base, we expanded our Wauchula office, added a remote drive-thru and opened an additional branch in Zolfo Springs.
Expanding Our Potential
The Crews family establishes a holding company, Crews Banking Corporation, that today includes Wauchula State Bank, First State Bank of Arcadia, Charlotte State Bank & Trust and Englewood Bank & Trust, with 26 offices covering 11 counties throughout Central and Southwest Florida.
The bank opens its first branch office in Bowling Green.
J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr. Named President
One of only three people to have served as president of both the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) and the Community Bankers of Florida, Bill received the FBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Pioneers in Banking
Wauchula State Bank rented oxen and a buggy for a week in the early 1960s. On the side of the wagon, the slogan reads, "Wauchula State Bank: Pioneers in Banking established in 1929." A real cowboy from Wyoming gave the residents of Wauchula rides around town. In the picture (from left) are banker J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr., the cowboy and his son and Will Emmitt Patton.
Enduring Strength, Timeless Values
Our landmark clock was installed on the northwest corner of the bank building and is still operational today. It stands as a symbol of our tradition and history.
J.W. Crews, Sr. purchases controlling interest in Wauchula State Bank and is named President.
Wauchula State Bank has served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family owned, locally managed community bank. In May 1932, J.W. Crews, Sr. purchased controlling interest in Wauchula State Bank and today the bank is still owned and operated by the Crews Family. Today, Wauchula State Bank is part of a four bank holding company with total assets of more than $1.5 billion. In addition to Wauchula State Bank, Crews Banking Corporation owns Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and First State Bank of Arcadia. Each bank has its own president and decisions are made locally in each of these markets. J.W. “Bill” Crews Jr. serves as Chairman for Crews Banking Corporation and Vice Chairman for Wauchula State Bank, with his grandson, J.W. “Jake” Crews IV, serving as CEO of Wauchula State Bank.
Enjoy the consistency and confidentiality of partnering with a privately-owned bank that has been serving Central Florida for more than 89 years. With our newest Downtown Winter Haven - Central Park location, we continue to grow our vision by making banking easy, secure and convenient for customers.