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Cogent Bank

Leadership Team

Lee Hanna
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Lee brings over 30 years of banking experience to Cogent Bank.  Previously he was the Vice  Chairman and CEO of CNLBancshares after spending 24 years in various capacities with Barnett Bank in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville, as well as Chief Executive Officer to various Barnett affiliates and banks. He attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and graduated from banking specific schools at the University of Colorado and University of Oklahoma. 

Chirag Bhavsar

photo of bank presidentChirag who holds a CPA designation brings over 25 years of banking experience as President of Cogent Bank.  Previously Chirag served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of CNLBancshares and its subsidiary, CNLBank.  Chirag was a founding member of Florida Choice Bank where he served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. From 1992 to 1999, he served as a Senior Audit Manager for Hacker, Johnson, Cohen, and Grieb.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida and a  Masters in Accounting from University of Florida.  He graduated from Banking School at the University of Virginia in 1993.

Suzanne Rodman
Chief Operating Officer
photo of woman smilingSuzanne has over 37 years of banking experience and possesses a unique mixture of sales and operations competencies.  Accomplished in driving client satisfaction and building strong teams through a commitment to high standards for service and delivery.  Suzanne has served in a variety of positions including Director of  Deposit and Loan Operations at CNLBank, Vice President of Retail Operations at Huntington Bank, and various retail positions at  Barnett Bank.  Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Tampa.

Kyle Feldman
Chief Credit Officer
Kyle brings over 18 years of banking experience to Cogent Bank.  He was senior lender for Valley National Bank/CNLBank in Orlando from 2013 to 2018.  Previously he served in various credit administration roles for First Southern Bank, Independent Banker's Bank and Colonial Bank as well as various retail banking roles.  He attended Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida and Webster University in St. Louis Missouri.

Rebekah Calhoun
Senior Financial Officer
photo of women smilingRebekah serves as the bank's Senior Financial Officer in a strategic role in the overall management of the company.   In this position she is responsible for the company's finances including forecasting,  budgeting, reporting and investor relations.  Previously Rebekah served as the Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer for Surety Bank.  She has a strong background in public accounting including tax, audit and consulting.  Rebekah is a licensed Florida CPA.  She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree  in Accounting from Auburn University.

Daniel Dean
Chief Technology Officer

Daniel has been immersed in the technology and security of banks for over 15 years.  Beginning as a technology assistant for Florida Choice Bank he grew in this role to IT Manager.  During his ten years at First Green Bank, the journey from IT Security Officer to Chief Technology Officer brought a wealth of knowledge about the unique needs of a bank in today's complex and vulnerable digital landscape.



Chris Hartman
Director of Deposit Strategy
photo of woman smilingChris serves as Cogent Bank's Director of Deposit Strategy.  In this role Chris is responsible for the development and execution of the bank's deposit strategy, product development, and marketing efforts. Chris has over 30 years of banking experience most recently serving as Director of Deposit Strategy and Treasury Management for CNLBank.  Prior to CNLBank, Chris led the sales and service team for Wachovia's Cash Management Division and was a sales leader for First Union.  Chris has a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Hope College, Holland, MI and a Masters of Management from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI.
Jessica Stephenson
Compliance and BSA Officer
Head shot of woman-Jessica StephensonJessica holds a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation and is an accomplished senior level officer with over 18 years of banking experience specializing in the BSA and Compliance field.  Prior to joining Cogent Bank, Jessica was an integral part of the senior management team of First Green Bank serving as a Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer.   Jessica led the bank to audit excellence in both compliance and BSA/AML.   Jessica has worked for Florida Choice Bank in Deposit Compliance and RBC Centura Bank as a Customer Service Manager.  She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Florida in Business Administration and graduated from the Florida Banker Association’s Florida School of Banking.