Parkside Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Celebrate 15 Years of Parkside!

Parkside History

One spring, four different, but complementary, individuals gathered to discuss a shared vision—assemble talented thought leaders to establish a financial institution that could breathe new life into business banking and wealth management. Throughout their extensive careers, they had recognized an underserved niche.

To fill that void, they founded Parkside Financial Bank & Trust: an independent financial institution with an integrated way of conducting business, designed specifically to serve the needs of discerning families and privately held businesses.

Meet Parkside's Founders

Features of Life at Parkside

Sabbatical Program Since 2012, Parkside has offered its employees the unique opportunity to pursue their dreams and embrace adventure outside of the bank through its 4-week sabbatical program. Since the program’s inception, Parkside employees have visited over 20 countries on 5 continents!
Internal Events Parkside is committed to providing exceptional benefits for our team members—including a rewarding and fun culture. Some of our favorite internal PFBT events are holiday parties, sports tournaments, food trucks, community service days, and family events. 
15 Year Anniversary Party Our employees and Board Members celebrated #15YearsofPFBT fiesta-style at Herbies. There’s nothing quite like 15 years of good times and great people. What a ride it’s been, and what glorious memories we’ve made. Cheers to the next 15 years and beyond, everyone!

Hear About Parksiders' Experiences

Naming the Bank

Internship Experience

Community Engagement

Career Development

Insights from our Leaders

David Bell

Executive Vice President | Commercial Lender, Rocky Mountain Market Leader

Denver Office 
In 2019, Parkside opened its first satellite office and loan production office in Denver. David Bell, Executive Vice President, leads the team with over 20 years of hands-on experience to the Denver market. Today, our Denver team has expanded to seven team members and provides our Rocky Mountain Region clients with the full suite of services offered in St. Louis.
How has the Denver office grown since it’s opening in 2019? What were the contributing factors?

"Our original premise for opening the Denver office back in 2019 was based on the realization that the rapid round of bank consolidation that occurred in Colorado had left a significant hole in the market. There were no solid commercial banks left standing that focused on relationships and, more specifically, the lower middle-market segment. The market dynamics combined with building out an exceptional team of bankers and the incredible support from St. Louis is what led to the dramatic success to date."

Zach Duprey

Senior Vice President | Director of Search Fund & Sponsor Finance

Search Fund & Sponsor Finance Loan Production Office 
In February 2023, Parkside opened a search fund and sponsor finance loan production office with a national focus. Zach Duprey, Senior Vice President, leads the team with a decade of experience in the search fund community.
Why did you choose Parkside to build upon your success in this asset class?

"Parkside has a great history of relationship banking. Our borrowers and the investors that support them are part of an ecosystem that believes in the search fund model, and supports the journey of a young entrepreneur from buying a business to growing that business for many years. Parkside’s relationship focus is what makes this a special alignment for Parkside, our team, our borrowers, and the stakeholders in these companies."

Curtis Searcy

President | Trust & Family Office

Trust & Family Office 
Parkside welcomed Curtis Searcy, MBA, CFP® as President of the Trust & Family Office in June 2021. Since joining our team, Curt has helped shape our strategic direction, building a high-performing division and attracting expert talent.
What has been one of the biggest highlights in the TFO division since joining Parkside in 2021?

"I am very excited to be a part of Parkside’s growth story within the Trust & Family Office division. Watching our team deliver a truly unique client experience that is centered around advice and delivering outstanding service has been a highlight for me. I am very proud of the quality of work our team does and the impact it has on our clients’ financial future. I look forward to watching our team and clientele base continue to grow as a direct result of the efforts of the last few years."

Reflecting on 15 Years of PFBT

Parkside Financial Bank & Trust is a privately held institution with a uniquely fresh perspective on banking, commercial lending, trust, and family office services–one focused on creating unparalleled simplicity in today’s increasingly complex financial environment.