Our Board of Directors

The Encore Bank Board of Directors is comprised of a wealth of experience with real world applications. The combination of this team of individuals and the knowledge they share create a banking foundation that our community can grow securely on. Take a moment to get to know each of them. They are here to serve our community's greatest good...your greatest good.

Mr. Thomas Ray

Mr. Thomas Ray is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Encore Bank. Mr. Ray has 30 years of experience in the banking industry, during which time he held senior executive and lending positions with First Union (Wachovia), Barnett Bank of SW Florida and First Florida Bank. Mr. Ray holds a B.A. in business administration and finance from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida.

Mr. A. Malachi Mixon, III

Mr. A. Malachi (Mal) Mixon, III is Chairman of Invacare Corporation (NYSE:  IVC) where he was Chief Executive Officer for 31 years.  Mal serves on the boards of The Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE) and Park-Ohio Holdings Corp (NASDAQ).  He has been instrumental in the start-up and restructuring of many Ohio companies, including STERIS and Royal Appliance (maker of the Dirt Devil vacuum).  He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, having served as Chairman for 13 years, and Chairman of The Cleveland Institute of Music. Mal was co-founder of MCM Capital Partners, LP, a Cleveland leveraged buyout company, and started MWV (Minorities with Vision) Pinnacle Capital Fund, LP to invest in minority-owned small businesses.  An Oklahoma native, Mal is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.  Between obtaining his two degrees, Mal served four years as an officer in the Marine Corps, including a year in Viet Nam.  He recently authored a book entitled, “An American Journey”.

Mr. Theodore Etzel

Mr. Theodore Etzel is currently the Chairman of the Board of Encore Bank.  Mr. Etzel is also currently the President and CEO of Conditioned Air Corporation of Naples, Inc. Mr. Etzel has been with Conditioned Air since 1995. Mr. Etzel’s background is in economics and business development and he is also a writer on business management topics and sits on the editorial advisory board of HVACR Business Magazine. Theo enjoys mentoring other small business leaders in growing and improving their business. Mr. Etzel is Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Grace Place for Children.  Mr. Etzel is a graduate of Stetson University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance.

Jon C. Bruss

Jon C. Bruss is the Founder, CEO and Managing Principal of Fortress Partners Capital Management, Ltd. He is one of the most respected investors and strategic advisors in community banking. Jon invests in publicly-traded micro and small cap banks and thrifts across the country. He has nearly 50 years of experience in commercial banking, finance, and investment banking. He organized and managed Town Bankshares and Town Bank, which were sold in 2004 to Wintrust Financial Corp. In 1992 he formed Fortress Bancshares, which acquired three banks and was, in turn, acquired by a publicly-traded bank holding company, Merchants & Manufacturers. It was acquired by BMO Harris. Jon worked as an investment banker with Blunt Ellis & Loewi and as President and CEO of AgriStor Credit Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A.O. Smith Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company where he later served as Vice President of Corporate Finance.

Mr. James T. Humphrey

Mr. James T. Humphrey is currently a shareholder with the law firm of Fowler, White, Boggs in Fort Myers, FL.  Mr. Humphrey’s practice is primarily in the area of government, administrative, real estate, and land use law. He is counsel to the Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors, a public body, and counsel to the Lee County and Charlotte County Industrial Development Authorities. He also serves as Trustee of Hodges University and was a Director of Fifth Third Bank Florida.  Mr. Humphrey is the former Mayor of the City of Fort Myers.

Mr. William R. McMaster

Mr. William R. McMaster joined Primus in 2008. Mr. McMaster is currently a Director of Primus Capital.  Prior to joining Primus, Mr. McMaster was a Vice President at Waud Capital Partners in Chicago and worked for National City Equity Partners in Cleveland where he was responsible for the origination, due diligence and execution of a variety of private equity investments.  In addition to serving as a Director of the Company, Mr. McMaster serves as a member of the Risk Management Committee and as a Director of Encore Bank. He is also a Director of American Institutes Holdings, LLC.  Mr. McMaster received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and received his MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

Mr. Jon H. Outcalt

Mr. Jon H. Outcalt is founder and Chairman of Federal Process Corporation, a privately owned manufacturer and distributor of retail and industrial products, and specialty chemicals. Previously, he was founder and Chairman of NCS Healthcare, Inc., a publicly owned distributor of pharmaceuticals, and Senior Vice President of Alliance Capital Management L.P., a global investment management company. He has served as a director of several public and private companies, and of numerous non-profit organizations. He is currently a trustee of ideastream, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Playhouse Square Foundation, the Steffee Family Fund and University School. He is a graduate of Trinity College (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (MBA).

Dr. Kenneth W. Plunkitt

Dr. Kenneth W. Plunkitt is currently the President and CEO of Naples Heart Rhythm Specialist, PA in Naples, Florida. Dr. Plunkitt maintains a consultative practice with an emphasis on implantation and interventional arrhythmia management. Dr. Plunkitt is Board Certified in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Plunkitt graduated Summa Cum Laude from Campbell University in North Carolina, before receiving his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Florida.  Dr. Plunkitt also completed his residency and fellowship in cardiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Mr. James F. Streicher

Mr. James F. Streicher is a former Partner of Calfee, Halter & Griswold, in Cleveland, Ohio where he practiced law for forty years. He has broad experience in matters of corporate structuring, governance, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Streicher has considerable experience working with shareholders, members, and Boards of Directors on succession planning and liquidity options. Mr. Streicher was a founding member and Chairman of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law section of the Cleveland Bar Association. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of Austin Capital Corporation and Austin Capital Partners, L.P.  He formerly served on several boards of privately held companies including The Mariner Group of Affiliated Companies and Robb & Stucky Furniture of Fort Myers.  Mr. Streicher holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. He received a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

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