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Vista hires former Professional bankers for Fla. expansion

Vista Bank in Dallas has hired a team from Professional Bank to oversee its expansion into Florida.

The $2 billion-asset bank said in a press release that it hired six bankers: Michael Woody, Mandi Friedman, Steven Quinn, Melissa Norman, Cindy Rey and Jill Garic. Each worked at Professional with Dan Sheehan, who is Vista’s president.

Professional sold to Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida in January.

“Having this team join me in launching Vista’s entrance into South Florida is truly a full-circle moment,” Sheehan said in the release.

“These leaders have a great reputation, appreciate the value of working in an entrepreneurial environment, thrive when working together, and have earned the respect of numerous business leaders across the state,” he added.

Woody, who was Professional’s chief lending officer, was named Florida market president.

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