William M. Isaac
William M. Isaac headed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during the banking crisis of the 1980s, serving under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1978 through 1985. Mr. Isaac founded The Secura Group, a leading consulting firm, in 1986. Secura was acquired by FTI Consulting in 2011, where Mr. Isaac served as senior managing director through 2019 when Mr. Isaac partnered with Howard Milstein in the financial services business, serving on the boards of New York Private Bank & Trust and Emigrant Bank, as well as serving as non-executive Chairman of Sarasota Private Trust and Cleveland Private Trust. The Isaac-Milstein Group is their financial consulting arm.
Mr. Isaac is Member, Board of Directors of the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida; Member, Board of Directors, Total System Services (TSYS); Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bancorp; Chairman of the Isaac Family Property Companies; Life Member of the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors of BankCap Investment Fund; and Member, of the Bretton Woods Committee.
Mr. Isaac received an honorary LLD from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, a JD, summa cum laude, from the College of Law at The Ohio State University and a BS in Business Administration and Economics from Miami University.
John R. Hart
John Hart is President and CEO of Sarasota Private Trust Company. He also serves as Vice Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust Company. Mr. Hart has over 35 years of experience in banking, primarily in Investments and Private Wealth Management. Mr. Hart is responsible for the Capital Markets and Banking Divisions of Emigrant Bank. He serves as a Director of Emigrant Mortgage Company, Inc., Emigrant Funding Corporation and Emigrant Agency Inc. Prior to New York Private Bank & Trust, he was a Senior Director of Capital Markets at Meritor Savings Bank.
Mr. Hart’s charitable interests include serving on the Board of Opportunity International, a global micro-finance organization. He is a Director and past Chairman of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and also former Chairman of the Board of Hope Church in Wilton, Connecticut and of the Christian Heritage School in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Mr. Hart received his MBA in Finance and Banking from Saint Joseph’s University and a BA in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Gail Fagan serves as Chief Fiduciary Officer for Sarasota Private Trust Company and its affiliates, New York Private Bank & Trust Company and Cleveland Private Trust Company. Ms. Fagan has over 20 years of experience as a trust and estates lawyer as well as extensive experience in fiduciary administration and risk management. She previously served as Senior Trust Counsel at Wells Fargo Bank and at The Northern Trust Company.
Prior to working in the financial services industry, Gail was a practicing attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.
Ms. Fagan is a member of The Florida Bar, the State Bar of Texas, the North Carolina State Bar and the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Counsel. Gail is active in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar and has served on its Executive Council for many years. Gail has been active in the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Family YMCA and as a custody advocate for the Children’s Law Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Renee Armbruster is a Senior Trust Officer with 20 years of experience in Southwest Florida working with high net worth families and individuals providing fiduciary expertise for their wealth and estate plans. Mrs. Armbruster’s specialty is helping families ensure that their legal documents align with their needs and goals while maintaining family harmony. Working with hundreds of families at the largest trust companies over the years, Mrs. Armbruster has the necessary perspective and knowledge. She understands the importance of identifying potential pitfalls and areas of improvement to help her clients customize their estate plan and avoid family conflict.
Prior to working in the financial services industry, Mrs. Armbruster was a practicing attorney in Sarasota and she is also a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law.
Mrs. Armbruster is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Sarasota County Bar Association, and the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council. She has been an active volunteer in the community serving for Boy Scouts of America, Southwest Florida Council, a member of Easterseals of Southwest Florida Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, and a mentor and board member for Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County.
Brian Volner is a Managing Director with Sarasota Private Trust Company. His responsibilities include client relationship management and new business development. Mr. Volner has over 20 years of financial services experience, having held leadership roles in managing teams responsible for commercial lending, asset and liability management, private banking and treasury management. He has developed new markets via loan production offices and “de novo” branches. Most recently he led business development efforts in Southwest Florida, helping to grow a $220 million privately owned company into a $1.7 billion public company traded on the NYSE in less than five years.
Mr. Volner is past Chairman of the Board of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. He has served on the Board of Manatee Sarasota SOLVE and the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, where he is currently on the Board’s Executive Committee as Treasurer. Mr. Volner holds a BS degree in Financial Economics from Carson Newman University. He is a graduate of Leadership Manatee and the Florida School of Banking, through the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.
Drew Gehring is Managing Director of Retirement Plans with Sarasota Private Trust Company. He is responsible for all Retirement Plan client relationships and business development at Sarasota Private Trust, and its affiliates New York Private Bank & Trust Company, and Cleveland Private Trust Company. Mr. Gehring has over 20 years of retirement plan experience specializing in Defined Contribution Plans (401(k), 403(b) 401(a), 457(b), etc.), and Defined Benefit Plans (Pensions, Cash Balance, etc.).
Mr. Gehring was nationally recognized in his field by receiving the 2016 and 2017 “Wingman” award by the National Association of Plan Administrators, which awards the top professionals in their field nationally. He holds his AIF and ARPC designations.
Mr. Gehring is a past Finance committee member of his church. He is also involved in fundraising efforts to provide scholarships for children to experience summer camp for families that may not otherwise be able to afford the camp experience. Mr. Gehring holds both a BA and MA from The University of Mississippi and is an active member of the U of M Alumni Association and The Grove Collective.
John V. Rindlaub
John Rindlaub is both a shareholder and Senior Advisor of Sarasota Private Trust Company. Mr. Rindlaub has over 50 years of financial services experience, having held leadership roles at multiple nationally recognized institutions. Prior to joining Sarasota Private Trust, Mr. Rindlaub held titles of Senior Managing Director at East West Bank, Asia Pacific Regional President for Wells Fargo & Company, and Regional President Northwest Division for Bank of America.
Mr. Rindlaub is past Federal Reserve Director of the 12th district. He has also served on the Board and Executive Committee for Shanghai Commercial Bank, and is past Chair of the Washington Roundtable. Mr. Rindlaub served in the United States Navy Reserve during the Vietnam War. Mr. Rindlaub holds an AP degree in Economics from Bucknell University. In his free time, Mr. Rindlaub enjoys videography, golf, and spending quality time with his grandchildren.
Stephen Wainger, Esq.
Stephen Wainger is a Consultant of Sarasota Private Trust Company. Prior to his position with Sarasota Private Trust, Mr. Wainger was the Director of New York Private Trust Company. Mr. Wainger’s former roles include Trial Attorney for the United States Justice Department, Assistant United States Attorney for the Easter District of Virginia, and a private practice Trial Attorney in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Mr. Wainger has served on the Board of Directors of both the Norfolk Academy and the Cape Henry Collegiate School. He has served on the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation, as well as the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation. Mr. Wainger holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond Law School.