Last updated: 11:50 / Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Kelly Madden

Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Names New Leader in Florida

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Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Names New Leader in Florida
  • Kelly Madden, 26-year company veteran, succeeds Howard Halle
  • In Florida, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking has grown to 10 offices and more than 140 team members throughout the state, most recently expanding to Gainesville

Wells Fargo has tapped longtime Florida banker Kelly Madden to lead Commercial Banking operations in Florida. A Jacksonville resident, she will continue to be based here.

Madden, who previously served as executive vice president for Wells Fargo Commercial Banking in North Florida, will succeed Howard Halle, the longtime Wells Fargo Florida leader who recently announced plans to retire at year-end. Under Madden’s leadership, the North Florida Commercial Banking team, covering 36 counties, grew by more than 50 percent since 2010.

In Florida, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking has grown to 10 offices and more than 140 team members throughout the state, most recently expanding to Gainesville.

“A well-respected part of our Wells Fargo team and the Florida business community, Kelly was the clear choice to succeed Howard,” said Paul Kalsbeek, head of the company’s Southern Division of Commercial Banking. “Her success in North Florida reflects Wells Fargo’s commitment to serving our middle-market customers at a local level where they live and work. Under Kelly’s leadership, we’re poised for continued growth throughout the state.”

Prior to joining Commercial Banking, Madden was the North Florida region president and Retail Bank director for Greater North Florida with Wells Fargo predecessor Wachovia Bank. She began her career at First Union National Bank in 1988, where her positions included commercial sales director, relationship manager, and credit risk review officer.

Madden serves as trustee and past chair of the Gator Bowl Association, member and past chair of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce board, member of the Jacksonville Civic Council executive committee, and advisor for the Baptist Foundation board. She also serves member of and advisor for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute. Madden has been honored with the Women of Distinction award from the Jacksonville Business Journal, the Woman of Influence award from Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Top Women in Leadership from United Way, and the MS Hope award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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With more than 140 offices in 38 states and three Canadian provinces, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking provides local service and decision-making for businesses with annual revenues of greater than $20 million. Asset-based lending, traditional secured loans, and capital markets provide access to working capital for day-to-day operations and growth. Expertise and services are available to specialty industries, including life sciences, technology, food and agribusiness, healthcare, government, higher education, clean technology, and environmental services.

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