Senior Management
About Us


James "Jim" Kuhlman

Market President – Manatee and Sarasota Counties
NMLS # 1511325

Prior to Premier Community Bank, Mr. Kuhlman served as Market President for Stonegate Bank in its Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte County markets.  Mr. Kuhlman has over 30 years of banking experience, all on the west coast of Florida.  He was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Shores Bank, until its merger with Stonegate in January 2014.  He was Area President for Colonial Bank, after Premier Community Bank (the bank he founded as CEO in 1996), was acquired in 2003. Prior to Premier, Mr. Kuhlman was City Executive for SunTrust Bank in Manatee County.

Mr. Kuhlman is very active in the local community, serving (or has served) in leadership capacities with numerous organizations:

Mr. Kuhlman was the recipient of the following awards:

Mr. Kuhlman served for 21 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from The University of Florida and a Master’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University.


Brian M. Watterson

Mr. Watterson is a veteran of the banking industry and began his career at Barnett Bank of Bayshore in 1979, which later became Barnett Bank of Manatee County. Mr. Watterson graduated from Manatee Community College in 1978 and from the University of South Florida in 1981. He is also a graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida and the Bank Administration Institute School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer with several banks, including Key Florida Bank, SouthTrust Bank of the Suncoast, American Bank, and First Priority Bank. Mr. Watterson is a member of the Palmetto Rotary Club and the State College of Florida Foundation, Inc. Asset Management Committee.