Prior to founding The Seminole Companies (Seminole) in December 2008, Bob was the CEO and majority owner of The Midland Companies (Midland) which was sold in 1999. He was with Midland since 1973 and remained employed by the purchaser (MuniMae) as Vice Chairman until he retired in December 2003, and resigned from their Board in 2004. Bob is a licensed real estate broker in Florida and Michigan and holds the CCIM designation awarded by the National Realtors Association in Chicago. He is a director for Synovus Bank of Tampa Bay and a member of the Board of Visitors at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He is also Director/Member for the Penn State Institute for Real Estate Studies. He is the past general chairman of Copperhead Charities, Inc., a Tampa Bay charity that acts as the host organization for PGA Tour Golf Tournament, presently known as the Transitions Championship. Bob is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for a four-year period.
Chairman and CEO, Robert J. Banks, has been a leader in the real estate finance business for nearly 40 years. In 2008, the Seminole Companies was formed based on the successful foundation of his predecessor organization, the Midland Mortgage Corporation. Banks and Midland had a history of anticipating and responding to the ever-changing needs of a diverse group of clients and established trusted, long-term relationships. It is a reputation we continue to uphold today.