Shaun P. Merriman
President, CEO and
Director of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida


Shaun P. Merriman – President and CEO, Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida

A 30-year banking veteran, Shaun opened Gateway Bank in May 2008 during the most adverse banking climate seen in Southwest Florida in decades.  He authored a convincing business plan, managed a $19.5 million capital raise, and assembled a notable board of directors and talented banking staff.  Shaun then took the aggressive approach to open three banking centers within the first 12 months of operation.  Under Shaun’s leadership, Gateway Bank reached sustained profitability in just 31 months of operation and has grown to over $257 million in total assets.  In recognition of the bank’s accomplishments, the bank was awarded the 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and the 2014 Small Business of the Year by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, both of which were the first ever awarded to a bank by those organizations. 

Prior to Gateway Bank, Shaun served as Southwest Florida’s Regional President for AmSouth Bank in Sarasota.  He oversaw 45 Banking Centers in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties with $2.5 billion in total assets.  Prior to AmSouth Bank, Shaun’s career was spent with SouthTrust Corporation where, over a period of 15 years, Shaun held several senior leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Market Bank Administration in Birmingham, Alabama, CEO of SouthTrust’s Suncoast Market in Sarasota, Florida, and CEO of SouthTrust in Houston, Texas.  Shaun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin system with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting.  He is also a graduate of Wisconsin School of Commercial Banking and The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Shaun is active in the Sarasota community currently serving as Chairman and past Treasurer of the Van Wezel Foundation, Board Member and past Chairman for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Florida Bankers Association’s BancServ, Director of the Florida School of Banking, past Chairman for Doctors Hospital Board of Trustees, past Board Member, Secretary, and Organizing Director of the Team Tony Cancer Foundation, past Trustee Board Member of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, and past Board Member, Campaign Chair, and Chairman for the United Way of Sarasota County (now part of United Way Suncoast).  Shaun is a six-time recipient of the “President’s Volunteer Service Award,” a national award recognizing his community service in the Sarasota community, and he is also a recipient of the 2013 Chairman’s Cup Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.  Shaun has been a resident of the Sarasota area since 2000.