Our Story

The History of Wauchula State Bank

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.

1929

Opening Our Doors for Business

Wauchula State Bank opens for business on April 24, 1929.

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Generational Heritage

While working for a Panama City bank, J.W. Crews, Sr. acquires controlling interest of Wauchula State Bank on May 25, 1932.

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1973

Branching into DeSoto County

Crews Banking expands into DeSoto County; First State Bank of Arcadia (now Crews Bank & Trust) is established.

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1975

Second Generation

J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr. named Wauchula State Bank President.

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1984

Third Generation

J.W. "Jim" Crews, III joins the management team as a third-generation family member.

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1987

Branching into Charlotte County

Crews Banking expands into Charlotte County; Charlotte State Bank is established.

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1988

Englewood Bank Established

Englewood Bank established with the Crews family as investors.

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2004

Our Family of Banks

Crews Banking purchases controlling interest in Englewood Bank, making Crews Banking a four-bank holding company.

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2010

Fourth Generation

J.W. “Jake” Crews, IV becomes fourth-generation family member to join the management team and serves as CEO today.

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2019

Crews Bank & Trust – A Lifetime of Trust

First State Bank of Arcadia becomes Crews Bank & Trust.

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2023

Looking Forward

Wauchula State Bank, Charlotte State Bank & Trust, and Englewood Bank & Trust will transition to the Crews Bank & Trust brand in Fall 2023. Under the unified brand, our customers will have the convenience of 19 offices in seven counties throughout Central and Southwest Florida.