Harlan Parrish, who served various roles within his 26 years at Colonial Bank, provides insight on the trajectory from a regional Alabama community bank into a Southeastern behemoth by exploring topics like geographic growth, internal culture, growth strategy, and more. He also sheds light on the company’s internal culture and how it behaved as Colonial acquired more banks and increased its footprint across multiple states. Parrish also discusses from a firsthand, candid perspective the lessons he learned from the 2008 financial crisis.
A banker with forty years of experience, Harlan Parrish is the current President of Lee County for FineMark National Bank & Trust. Parrish spent over twenty-five years with Colonial Bank, joining as a management trainee in 1984 and becoming the Senior Executive Vice President of Colonial BancGroup’s Retail Line of Business for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas in 2009. After Colonial Bank, Parrish held senior positions at BB&T, BankUnited, and USAmeriBank. Parrish holds a B.S. in Biology from Auburn University, Alabama.