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New Commercial Banking Leader for Wells Fargo in North Florida Looks to Grow Business with Region’s Diverse Industries

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Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) has promoted Charles N. Kauffman to regional vice president of Commercial Banking for North Florida, one of the state’s most-diverse economies, with growing industries such as aerospace, life sciences, and distribution.

Charles Kauffman named regional vice president of Wells Fargo Commercial Banking in North Florida. (

Charles Kauffman named regional vice president of Wells Fargo Commercial Banking in North Florida. (Photo: Business Wire)

Kauffman, a 30-year company veteran, most recently was a senior relationship manager for Commercial Banking in North Florida. He succeeds Kelly Madden, who last December was named head of Commercial Banking for all of Florida. In his new role, Kauffman leads a team of commercial banking professionals who serve middle-market companies throughout the region.

“Charlie has tremendous experience and a deep understanding of our customers and their businesses,” said Madden. “Under his leadership, the North Florida Region is well-positioned to continue its growth in the market.”

Wells Fargo Commercial Banking has notched double-digit growth over the past five years in North Florida. In fact, the group expanded its operations last October to Gainesville, opening a full-fledged Regional Commercial Banking Office with local lending authority.

Kauffman began his career in Miami as a credit analyst with Wells Fargo predecessor, Southeast Bank. He first joined Commercial Banking in 1992 after First Union National Bank acquired Southeast Bank. Since, he has held senior banking positions at Wells Fargo in Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, and Commercial Banking.

Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. He is the Junior Achievement of North Florida board chair. He also served as past chair and current board member of Dreams Come True, a local nonprofit that grants dreams for children battling life-threatening illnesses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Kauffman has volunteered with Jacksonville Youth Soccer, Hendricks Avenue Baseball, Police Athletic League, and River City Swimming.

About Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

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. Wells Fargo has the highest market share of middle-market company relationships in the U.S., according to the 2013 TNS Commercial Banking Momentum Monitor.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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