Leadership Team

Rick Kuci, President and Chief Executive Officer

Rick manages the strategic direction and profitability of the bank and trust division. Rick is a results oriented, high energy decision maker with strong leadership qualities. He has over 35 years of banking experience and has held a variety of executive leadership roles throughout his career. He is a Board Member of the Florida Bankers Association, a Director of Neighborhood Lending Partners of South Florida, a Director of World Presidents Organization, and an Ambassador of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Auburn University. 

Charles E. Porter, Executive Managing Director, Trust, Wealth Management, and Private Banking

Charles is the head of trust, wealth management and private banking for Grove Bank & Trust and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Prior to GB&T Charles spent 16 years with BNY Mellon where he was president of the Florida region. In addition to directly managing client portfolios he oversaw the expansion of the region from two offices to seven and growth of client assets under management from under $500 million to more than $3.5 billion. He also served on numerous national asset management committees for BNY Mellon’s Wealth Management unit. Charles has been active in the community as well serving on boards such as New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera and Coral Reef Yacht Club. He is a graduate of the Florida State University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Donald “Don” B. Putnam, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer

Don manages Grove Bank & Trust's commercial and consumer loan growth initiatives while managing a team of experienced lenders. Don has over 35 years of experience in commercial and consumer lending and branch administration. He received his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from the University of South Florida and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Vermont.

Daniel Chavez, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Daniel manages the accounting and finance areas. Daniel has over 20 years of public accounting and banking experience. Daniel is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and has earned a Masters in Taxation from Florida International University and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Miami.