Junior Achievement of South Florida Honors Jerry Plush as 2024 Laureate

Amerant Bank Chairman & CEO Recognized for Commitment to Innovation and Excellence

Amerant Bank, the largest community bank headquartered in Florida, proudly announces that its Chairman and CEO, Jerry Plush, was inducted as a 2024 Laureate at the prestigious 34th Annual Junior Achievement of South Florida Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on May 10th. The event at the JA World Huizenga Center’s Lillian S. Wells Pavilion celebrated Plush’s remarkable leadership, commitment to innovation, and dedication to empowering the community through financial literacy initiatives.

Plush’s visionary guidance has propelled Amerant Bank to the forefront of the South Florida banking industry, distinguishing it as trendsetting and renowned for its customer-centric approach and innovative digital solutions. His forward-thinking leadership has driven the bank’s exponential growth, positioning it as a champion of financial education and community engagement, which perfectly aligns with Junior Achievement’s goal of preparing young individuals for successful futures.

“Being inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame alongside such remarkable leaders is an incredible honor,” said Plush. At Amerant Bank, we firmly believe that empowering our youth with the knowledge and skills to navigate their financial futures is actually an investment in the prosperity of our entire community.”

“Jerry’s unwavering support and the positive impact he has had on our community are truly commendable,” said Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Florida. “His dedication to empowering the next generation with essential financial and work skills is a prime example of Jerry’s vision for the future.”

The Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, sponsored by CITY Furniture and Delta Air Lines, also paid tribute to other distinguished honorees, including Caitlin Stella of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Huizenga Lifetime Legacy Award recipient Keith Koenig of CITY Furniture, and the Melissa Aiello Character Award honoree Frank Jaumot of Ahearn Jasco + Company.

As a 2024 Laureate, Plush joins a prestigious group of over 120 business leaders who have been recognized by Junior Achievement of South Florida for their exceptional contributions to the community. His induction underscores Amerant Bank’s unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and empowering future generations.

Junior Achievement of South Florida empowers youth with the knowledge, ability, and confidence to navigate their futures, drive the economy, and lead the community. Through real-world training in financial literacy, cutting-edge skill-building opportunities, and entrepreneurial values, JA prepares students for success in life and careers.

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Amerant Bank, N.A., is the largest community bank headquartered in Florida and the main subsidiary of Amerant Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: AMTB), with a presence across South Florida and in Tampa, FL, and Houston, TX. The bank has been serving clients for over 40 years and comprises subsidiaries Amerant Investments, Inc. and Amerant Mortgage, LLC. Rooted in the communities it serves, Amerant Bank supports numerous non-profit and community organizations. In 2022 and again in 2023, Amerant was certified as a Most Loved Workplace® by Best Practice Institute. For news and updates, visit the Amerant Newsroom.