BB&T taps Coley to head South Florida region as Oster exits

BB&T recently announced that Tony Coley, currently regional president for its Central Florida area, will head up its South Florida region in a move coinciding with outgoing leader Michael Oster’s 30th anniversary with the bank.

Dade County native Coley brings almost two decades of expertise to his new role, which will become effective July 1. Oster, who is retiring as of Sept. 2, expressed gratitude for his experience at BB&T.

"The time I have spent leading the South Florida Region of BB&T has been the most satisfying of my career," Oster, 63, said. "I have had the privilege to work with tremendous clients and an outstanding banking team, and it will be those aspects that are most meaningful as I reflect on my career."

Coley serves on numerous local boards in an advisory capacity and maintains a high commitment to community. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami — and a high profile on its football team as a starting linebacker — he earned recognition from the Miami Herald in 2011 as one of the top 20 business leaders under the age of 40.

"My family and I are very excited about returning home to South Florida," Coley said. "We've truly enjoyed our time in Central Florida and will always cherish the relationships we developed here. However, we look forward to getting reacquainted with the South Florida community."

BB&T, one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, runs 326 Florida branches.

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