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.

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1929

Opening Our Doors for Business

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

1932

Crews Becomes Owner of Wauchula State Bank

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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1934

Generational Heritage

J.W. Crews, Sr. moves to Wauchula and becomes President of Wauchula State Bank. The October 1934 issue of The American Banker stated, Crews, age 26, was the youngest bank president in the U.S. at that time.

1952
1952

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.

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1975

J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr. Named President

J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr. continues the bank's philosophy and commitment to conservative, customer-focused service.

1977

Branching Out

The bank opens its first branch office in Bowling Green.

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1980

Expanding Our Potential

The Crews family establishes a holding company, Crews Banking Corporation, that today includes Wauchula State Bank, Crews Bank & Trust, Charlotte State Bank & Trust and Englewood Bank & Trust.

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1993

Reaching Into New Counties

The bank expands its service coverage area to Highlands County with a Lake Placid location.

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1997

Banking Partners

J.W. "Bill" Crews Jr., Chairman of the Board, names Robert E. "Bob" Hanchey as President. (Pictured at right)

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1999

Wauchula State Financial Services

Wauchula State Financial Services is established to provide non-bank financial services to our customers and communities.

2000

Broadening Our Accessibility

With a growing number of customers in Highlands County, we expanded into the Sebring market.

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2010

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 brought 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.

2016
2016

Bank Grows into Polk County

Business Lounge opens in Downtown Winter Haven.

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 of the Board.

2018
2018

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, and J.W. "Bill" Crews, Jr. assumes the role of Vice Chairman of the Board.

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2019

Wauchula State Bank Celebrates 90th Anniversary and Continues to Grow

After serving the Polk County market for many years from offices in neighboring Hardee County and Highlands County to the south, the bank opens a new Loan Office in Lakeland.

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2021

Downtown Lakeland Office Opens

Wauchula State Bank opens a new location in the historic Nathan's Men's Store in the heart of Downtown Lakeland.

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Present

Continuing to Grow

With 22 locations serving 13 counties throughout Central and Southwestern Florida, the Crews Banking Corporation family of banks gives world-class service with a community touch.