Philip “Flip” Gassman

Philip “Flip” Gassman has 38 years of experience in the South Florida financial services industry. For the last 24 of them, he has specialized in private banking, working for local institutions such as Gibraltar Private Bank + Trust, Coconut Grove Bank, Marquis Bank, Professional Bank, and Seacoast Bank — which purchased Professional last year for its strong base in Coral Gables.

A Miami native, Gassman has been philanthropically involved with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade, and the Miracle League of Miami Dade. As a private banker, it has been his job to provide immediate and exemplary service to bank clients, winning their loyalty — and their deposits — for the institutions he has served.

Philip "Flip" Gassman

Latest Achievement

In January, Gassman joined Pacific National Bank as senior vice president and senior relationship banker. Once there, he was joined by most of the team he has worked with for decades, including veterans in operations, treasury management, business development, customer service, and marketing.

“The beautiful part is that we are so familiar with each other,” he says. “When that happens, it makes for a wonderful team, and lets us service our clients really effectively.”

Gassman says he joined PNB because of its deep connections in the Gables — they maintain offices on Aragon next to Books & Books – and because of the bank’s CEO Carlos Fernandez-Gusman, who he says is the kind of leader “that soldiers will walk through a wall for.”

What He Says

“Having worked in the Gables for 25 years of my professional career, I can say it’s an in- credible community, with lots of professionals — lawyers, doctors, real estate entrepreneurs, developers — which are my specialty [to service]. When it comes to money, it’s a touchy thing. Money is near and dear to everyone, so when you respond to people on a day-to-day basis, making their banking life as seamless as possible though a high level of service, that’s where the special sauce is. It’s about access, execution, and responsiveness. Even if you don’t have a million dollars, you’ll get [the same] level of comfort and service. Because one day that client is going to be a success, and that $500 is going to be a million-dollar account.”

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