Curtis Stokes serves as President of West Coast Advisory Partners a middle market boutique M & A firm in Tampa, Fl. Curtis has a 27 year career in banking and community service. Curtis served as the Vice President and Director of Community Affairs Manager at Fifth Third Bank. Where he also served as a Commercial Lender and Government and Non – Profit Lender. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank in 2004, Curtis held management positions at Norwest Financial and was vice president and business client manager at Bank of America.

Curtis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova University.

Curtis is also a Public affairs engagement strategist and skilled financial operations executive experienced in securing community investment on behalf of redevelopment residential and commercial loan programs. He has a clear vision, and is mission focused, with strong core values he rapidly adopt to new environments, immediately adding value, and the ability to build relationships with stakeholder groups; passionate about organizational and team development and look for ways to optimize performance of organization and staff members.

Proficient in structuring collaboration across private, public, and non-profit sectors. As member of Senior Leadership Team, experienced at developing and implementing comprehensive communications and outreach strategies for organization. Exhibit a polished presence, positive attitude, diplomacy, discretion, and a deep respect and understanding of community relations.

On July 19, 2010, Curtis was appointed to the Tampa City Council where he served until March 31, 2011. He has served on numerous boards, including past Chair of the board for the American Cancer Society, a board member for University Area Community Development Corporation, a board member for Step Up For Students, Area Chairman for the United Negro College Fund. Chairman of the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Vice – Chair of the Tampa Bay History Center

Curtis was also selected for the β€œTop 40 Under 40” award in 2002 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Curtis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and attends Beulah Baptist Institutional Church. Curtis is married to Katrina (pharmacist), and they have one son (Jason, a Senior at Florida A & M Univ.). Curtis can be reached via email at curtis.stokes@wcfcg.com.