Freedom Bank is the only locally-owned, community bank which has maintained its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida since its formation in 2005. Our culture drives us to deliver an exceptional experience when uniquely meeting the needs of businesses, professionals and individuals throughout the Tampa Bay market. We remain accessible, responsive, creative and committed to our clients and the community we serve. Helping you do business is just how we do business.
Cathy P. Swanson, Chief Executive Officer, Freedom Bank
Cathy Swanson is a Tampa Bay business executive, with 35 years experience in the banking industry. As the Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Bank, Ms. Swanson leads and oversees the bank’s performance by providing strategy direction for growth, profitability and regulatory benchmarks, in conjunction with her board of directors.
Prior to her appointment as CEO in March 2014, Ms. Swanson held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer as well as Senior Lender for Freedom Bank. Before joining the bank in December 2012, Swanson was the Regional Credit Officer for the Florida Gulf Coast Region for Synovus Bank. During her 27 year tenure with Synovus, previously United Bank, she held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Commercial Team Leader and Director of Human Resources.
Cathy Swanson’s community leadership roles include serving as Past Chair and current Trustee of the Board of American Stage, Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Past Chair of Sponsorships for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides event. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Florida Bankers Association and on the Board of Trustees of St. Anthony’s Hospital, serving as Treasurer and as a member of the BayCare Finance Committee. In 2018, Ms. Swanson was recognized as a Business Woman of the Year honoree by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She has served as Division 13 Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Florida District (2013-2015) as well as Past President of the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg. She is a graduate of the 1998 class of Leadership St. Pete and a member of the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association, the Clutch Hitters organization and a member of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Swanson is an active member at First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg, and is a member of the contemporary worship service praise team.
Ms. Swanson is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School and National School of Human Resources and the School of Bank Marketing, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. She is a long-time resident of St. Petersburg, Florida and active member of the First Presbyterian Church.