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    Last updated 1 year ago

    In case you haven't heard... Rodbenders Raw Bar & Grill was the winner of our Outstanding Local Business Award contest! Congratulations to owner Kathy McMillan. The announcement was made recently at the Finalists Luncheon. Chefs on the Run and White Lion Cafe, the other 2 finalists, were also honored at the luncheon. Thank you to everyone who participated or voted for their favorite nominee. Special thanks to our independent panel of community leaders who judged the top 3 finalists. We hope to see all of you back next year!

    Willie L. Carpenter Honored by Legacy Magazine!

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    CBF is proud to announce that Willie L. Carpenter,  Senior Vice President of Business Development, has been named one of Legacy Magazine’s 50 most powerful and influential black business leaders of 2012. Legacy Magazine held an exclusive reception to recognize honorees at the Banker’s Club of Miami on Friday, June 8. Mr. Carpenter was joined at the event by numerous friends and supportive teammates. A cocktail hour provided networking opportunities with prominent South Florida leaders and noted broadcaster Jawan Strader kept the crowd entertained during the awards and dinner. For more info, visit


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    Lucia Cruz Promoted!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    CBF is pleased to announce Lucia Cruz has been promoted to Assistant Manager of the Deposit Operations Department. Mrs. Cruz has been part of the Community Bank Financial Family for seven years and has previous experience in the bank’s Deposit Operations and Electronic Banking Departments. Her current responsibilities include supervisory duties such as training new employees, cross training current employees and serving as back up for all of the positions within the department. She has pursued her education in order to prepare herself for advancement and has earned several American Institute of Banking Certificates, including the Supervisor Certificate, Team Leader Certificate and Bank Operations Diploma. She has also completed numerous Center for Financial Training Certificates, including the Banking Today Certificate, Law and Banking Principles, Law and Banking Applications and Business Writing.

    Lucia was born in Ecuador and currently lives in Florida City. She has four beautiful grandchildren and is excited she will be celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary this December. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Mercy Hospital and local soup kitchens, as well as reading, horseback riding and gardening. Enthusiastic about her new promotion, Lucia states, “Community Bank is a wonderful place to work, it makes me feel emotionally vested in my community.”

    Coral Shores High Students Honored!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    CBF was proud to sponsor their 13th Annual Scholastic Breakfast for Coral Shores High School! The breakfast recognizes the top 20 graduating students and their parents. Although the weather was dreary, the mood inside the banquet facility at the Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort was upbeat.

    Principal David Murphy gave a warm welcome and introductions. He impressed the audience with some information on the group of students: five of the students held a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout their high school tenure and most of the group would be entering college as sophomores due to the numerous Advanced Placement Courses they had taken while at Coral Shores. His introduction was followed by Monroe County Schools Superintendent Jesus Jara, who greeted the crowd and thanked both the parents and the school faculty for helping the students achieve such success.

    After enjoying breakfast, Robert L. Epling, President and CEO of Community Bank, was introduced as the guest speaker. Mr. Epling reminded the students they were the scholars of today and the leaders of tomorrow. He paraphrased former Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall, stating “none of us got here by pulling up our own bootstraps; someone bent over and helped us pull up our boots.” He told the audience the story of his first year at college and how his mother helped him get through being home-sick. He said that having his mom there to pull up his bootstraps and perseverance were what made his life successful. He then asked the students to take a moment to thank their parents and continue to persevere through the challenges ahead in life.

    Ms. Chris Harris, the College Advisor, then introduced each student and recognized them for their impressive accomplishments throughout high school. As each student came forward, they shook hands with the Principal, the Superintendent and Mr. Epling. They were also given a motivational book; The Best Way Out is Always Through- The Power of Perseverance and the announcement was made they would all be featured in full page ads in the local newspapers.

    Happy Memorial Day & Thank You To Those Who Have Sacrificed It All For Our Freedom!

    Last updated 1 year ago

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