Capital City Bank today announced Rob Deese will step up to lead the market as Gainesville president, a promotion which becomes effective March 1, 2023, upon Kip Harrison’s retirement after seven years of dedicated service with the Company.
Deese joined the Capital City Bank Corporate Banking Team in 2018 with more than 20 years of previous banking experience working with business and commercial clients. He serves on the board of the Childhood Advocacy Center of Gainesville and is a member of the Builders Association of North Central Florida. Deese earned his bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. In 2020 and 2021, Deese was selected to attend Star Summit, an annual recognition event where Capital City honors the pinnacle of sales and service achievement.
“It was important to us to find a successor who could fill Kip’s shoes,” said Bill Smith, Capital City Bank Group chairman, president and CEO. “Rob brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience as well as a history of strong community relationships to the position, which I’m confident will lead to a seamless transition.”
Harrison began his career with Capital City in 2016, bringing a broad knowledge base built over 34 years of banking experience and 26 years of service in the Gainesville community to his role as president. Over the last seven years, he has provided leadership for our banking teams and strengthened the Company’s position in the region. In 2020, Kip was named a top sales leader at Star Summit. He currently serves as a member of the North Central Florida YMCA Board of Directors and Rotary Club of Gainesville.
“Kip is an accomplished banker and has served as a trusted Capital City Associate since 2016,” said Smith. “He’s been a great leader for our teams in Gainesville, and we’re grateful for his dedication and loyal service.”
“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve our clients throughout these many years,” said Harrison, in reflecting on his career. For the next chapter, he is looking forward to traveling with his wife, spending time in Atlanta, Georgia, and Winter Park, Colorado, visiting their children, and in Melbourne, Florida, at their beach house. Additionally, Harrison will serve as a member of the Gainesville Community Board of Directors for the Bank.