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Rusty Branson


Rusty Branson has served as the President of Gateway Bank since 2007. Mr. Branson has over 32 years of banking experience with 7 years spent as the City President for Compass Bank in Ocala. He was responsible for managing the operation of the Commercial Bank with oversight on retail operations. During Mr. Branson’s tenure the bank grew to over $134mm in assets. Prior to Compass Bank, Mr. Branson served as a commercial lender at AmSouth and Barnett Bank.

Mr. Branson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from Florida State University and a Graduate Degree in Banking from the LSU Graduate School of Banking.

He received a Governor appointment to the College of Central Florida Board of Trustees in 2015.  Mr. Branson is very active in the community serving presently on the Boards of the Marion County Chamber Economic Partnership, Childhood Development Services, The Network Prevention, Southeastern Youth Fair, Young Life of Marion County and the Marion County Seminole Boosters. He is also an active member of First United Methodist Church and the Metro Rotary Club.

Rusty and his wife, Page, have been married for 30 years and have two sons. Rusty has been a resident of Ocala for over 32 years.