Who We Are
Pilot Bank is a full service bank providing retail, commercial, and investment services to individuals, businesses, and institutions in the greater Tampa Bay and Lakeland, Florida areas. Chartered by the state of Florida in 1987, we’ve been privileged to serve Tampa Bay as a community bank, growing to more than $200 million in assets.
The bank’s leadership has always believed in strong, long-term relationships, and that approach has helped us to grow. Our people take the time to engage with customers. They listen and understand both immediate and long term needs, and they work as a team to go above and beyond in helping customers achieve success.
The bank’s holding company, Pilot Bancshares, Inc. was established in October 1995. The holding company soon acquired a specialized lending organization called National Aircraft Finance Company (NAFCO). This partnership added financial strength, diversification, and resilience to the corporation. NAFCO serves clients across the country by providing specialized and customized financing of general aviation (non-commercial) aircraft, from helicopters to corporate planes. NAFCO has an affinity relationship with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and is a well known brand throughout the aviation industry.
Pilot Bank’s full suite of financial products and services is designed to help customers manage both personal and business matters as conveniently as possible. We offer retail and commercial deposit accounts, extensive commercial lending capabilities (including Small Business Administration Loans), and customized residential lending, as well as access to professional investment services. Our four financial centers in Tampa are strategically located in South Tampa, New Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Upper Tampa Bay. A fifth financial center is located in the Lakeland business district.
Pilot Bank is defined by its passion for service. We help individuals and families to manage their money, finance their homes, and plan for the future. We help small businesses to get started and grow, because they are the primary drivers of job growth and prosperity, both locally and nationally. We also volunteer our time and resources to strengthen our community. It is our duty and privilege to serve.