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Chris Nichols
Chief Strategy Officer at CenterState Bank


Chris Nichols is a finance leader with 25+ years of banking experience specializing in predictive analytics, marketing, pricing, technology and innovation, risk management and creating superior bank performance. 

Chris is the Chief Strategy Officer for CenterState Bank, a $17 billion, publicly traded community bank based in Florida. In addition to strategy, he is responsible for channel transformation and digital banking. He is an active bank investor, small business owner, school instructor, frequent speaker and author on a multitude of banking topics including his new book, “The Successful Lender’s Field Guide.” Chris is the producer and host of the iTunes podcast, Bank to Bank.

Mr. Nichols has held executive and operating positions at several banks, including Bank of America and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Chris was a co-founder of FinancialOxygen, a banking technology company; and was a forensic accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He holds  a degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Chris is an active participant in the community as a sworn law enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, flight rescue officer and is certified in search management.

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  • Leaders Debate: How Community Banks Can Take A Strategic Approach To Fintech. What Bumps In The Road Did We Encounter?