Best Of 2014

Best Artistic Banker: Stacia Schrader, Regions Bank Downtown St. Petersburg

Best Artistic Banker

When Regions opened a brand new branch last year in the middle of one of St. Pete’s artiest districts, across the street from Florida Craftsmen Gallery and just a few doors down from the 600 Block, the incongruity was almost as startling as the building’s phosphorescent green glow. But thanks to Regions VP Stacia Schrader, the bank branch has taken advantage of its location to highlight the local arts scene. Schrader has established relationships with many of downtown’s mural artists and, with the help of arts advisers like Ken Rollins and Sterling Powell, turns the bank into a once-a-month pop-up gallery during Second Saturday Arts Walks. A former actress, she’s actively seeking ways to help visual artists expand their contacts in the business world, while also collecting their work herself and giving it a showcase in the bank. 510 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-823-0133, regions.com