Out on the Street Congratulates Trevor Burgess, First Openly Gay CEO of a Publicly Listed Bank

NEW YORK--()--Out on the Street, an initiative of Out Leadership, which is dedicated to cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity, congratulates C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess on becoming the first openly gay CEO of a publicly listed bank on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNK). C1 Bank, Tampa Bay's leading community bank successfully completed its IPO on August 13, 2014.

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“Trevor has long served as a visibly out and pioneering role model for both the financial services industry and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” stated Todd Sears, Out Leadership’s Founder. “As a leader who has remained true to himself throughout his career, and as the financial services industry’s first openly gay CEO, we admire Trevor’s personal courage and commend his authentic leadership.”

“The Wall Street CEOs below join me in congratulating Trevor on this historic milestone. We hope the path he is forging will continue to inspire other LGBT leaders across corporate America to become even more visible. We wish him, his husband Gary and their daughter Logan, and his entire leadership team the very best as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Jacques Brand, CEO North America, Deutsche Bank

"As a long time supporter of the LGBT community, Deutsche Bank is proud to offer our congratulations to Trevor Burgess for his courage and authenticity. We know that the ability to be oneself at work is fundamentally important to individual and organizational success."

Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA

"Leaders who feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation are more productive and engaged, which directly impacts the success of their organizations. As a strong supporter of diversity, HSBC offers sincere congratulations to Trevor on leading the way with this IPO, and our best wishes for continued success."

Lord John Browne, Advisory Board Member, Out Leadership, former CEO, BP, and author of “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business”

“Role models like Trevor prove that being open and authentic is no barrier to success. I hope that his story encourages those in the closet to let go of the fears which hold them back, and that he serves as an example for LGBT people in business to follow.”

Dan O’Connell, CEO, Vestar Capital

“Authentic leadership takes courage, self-awareness and the ability to forge ones own path. Trevor’s willingness to lead openly and authentically is a great example for other leaders to follow, and I wish him continued success.”

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, our global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward. These initiatives operate within three industry-specific verticals: Out on the Street, Out in Law, and Out in Insurance. Each vertical hosts cutting-edge programming for its industry and offers unique opportunities for cross-industry collaboration across Out Leadership broadly and through our emerging leader platform, OutNEXT.

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