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    Claudia Ortega Celebrates 5 Years with Community Bank!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    CBF is proud to celebrate Claudia Ortega’s 5th Anniversary as a member of their Financial Family. Claudia is the bank's Payroll Coordinator of the Human Resources Department. She is very popular since her main responsibility is making sure employees get paid, but she also assists with employee benefits, compliance, and recruitment of new employees. Claudia has several years of previous experience in the Human Resources field and recently expanded her expertise by earning her Fundamental Payroll Certification through the American Payroll Association.

    Claudia was born in Bogota, Colombia and currently lives in the Homestead area. She is extremely proud of her two children, a daughter in gifted classes with artistic talent, and a son who is very bright, but only has time for mixed martial arts. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. Enthusiastic about her anniversary, Claudia stated, “When I was first hired here, I heard talk about a family atmosphere and I thought it was something all companies said. But over the years, I’ve seen how the bank stands by family and our community, providing that family atmosphere. This is the first company where I truly feel at home and don’t ever want to leave!”

     

    CBF Supports the Razorbacks!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    We recently visited Loren Roberts Park in Florida City, home of the Razorbacks, the 2011 Pee Wee Football Champions. The team was excited to take photos and accept a donation. We watched them do drills with the coaches and were quite impressed with their professionalism! The team is part of the southernmost Pop Warner organization in the continental United States and travels all over Miami competing. Their first game is this Saturday, so come on out and support them at Palmetto Park at 3pm. The players need assistance with supplies, registration fees and uniforms. If you’d like to help the team with a contribution, contact Pete Taylor at ptaylor@floridacityfl.gov or call (305) 247-8223.  

     

    The Greater Miami Pop Warner League was chartered in 1972, as the governing body of its eight associated member parks in Miami- Dade County. Pop Warner is the only national youth sports program which requires its participants to maintain a level of academic achievement in order to participate. Greater Miami- S. Florida Pop Warner is an all volunteer, 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides an organized tackle football and cheerleading program for  over 3,500 children, from 6 to 15 years of age. For more info, visit miamipopwarner.org

    CBF Employee Partners with Avenues of Excellence

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Jaime Ramos, Deposit Operations Department Representative at Community Bank, recently partnered with Avenues of Excellence to inspire the children of the Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center in Homestead. Rose Hedgemond, founder of Avenues of Excellence, contacted Jaime because she had heard of his previous fundraising efforts for disadvantaged youth in the community. Together they visited the shelter and provided book bags for the upcoming school year. Jaime took the opportunity to speak to the children, in hopes of being a source of inspiration for them and encourage them to never give up despite their present circumstances.

    Jaime has been part of the Community Bank Financial Family for nine years. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College as well as Banking Specialist Diploma. He tries to give back to the community every year by fundraising to purchase book bags and school supplies for local middle school aged underprivileged children. Proud to partner with Avenues of Excellence, Jaime stated, “I will continue my fundraising efforts and hopefully, we will be able to provide book bags to more kids who live at the shelter. I let them know I will be visiting again in the near future. By keeping my word I hope to inspire them to want to go to school and receive an education.”

    Avenues of Excellence, Inc. is a non-profit organization headquartered in Miami, Florida. Their goal is to utilize a team of professionals to educate, inspire and motivate men, women and children through interactive trainings and activities that encourage successful living. For more information, visit www.avenuesofexcellence.com. For more information on the Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center in Homestead, visit www.chapmanpartnership.org.

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    Julie Romero Receives Certified Military Housing Specialist Designation

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Julie Romero, Assistant Vice President of COMBANK Mortgage Company and Retail Banking Officer at Community Bank of Florida, recently completed the USA Cares National Certified Military Housing Specialist Course. The program is funded by a grant from Fannie Mae and is designed to provide an understanding of how to work with military borrowers, prevent foreclosure and provide housing assistance. The course delivers the tools and knowledge necessary to work with military applicants by providing housing professionals with details about military language, rank and pay systems and advice to give military families to help avoid mortgage delinquencies.

     USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post 9/11 military families. Their mission is to help with basic financial needs, assist combat injured Veterans and prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. Across the nation, USA Cares has granted over $8 million dollars to post 9/11 active duty military and veterans, saved over 1,560 military family homes and kept over 2,800 children in their homes.

     

    Ms. Romero has been with the Community Bank Financial Family for over five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political and Public Affairs from the University of Miami and is a graduate of the Florida School of Banking. She is a Homestead resident and is extremely active in the community, serving as a member of several organizations. Excited about completing the course, Julie expressed, “This was a wonderful course that will help me better serve the people who serve us – the Military.”

    Community Bank of Florida Welcomes Bette Brown!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Community Bank of Florida is excited to announce that Bette Brown has joined their financial family as Senior Vice President of Credit Administration. Mrs. Brown is a seasoned banker, with over 30 years of experience in both retail and commercial banking.
     
    Mrs. Brown was born in Ohio and graduated from Stetson University before beginning her banking career. She expanded her financial services knowledge at the Florida School of Banking and later attended the advanced level Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Her extensive local business and community involvement has earned her many accolades over the years, including the 2011 Florida Keys Board of Realtors Affiliate of the Year Award as well as being named Woman of the Year five years in a row as part of the Upper Keys People’s Choice Awards. She is a board member of the Key Largo Preservation Foundation, an executive committee member of the Mariners Hospital Operating Board and president elect for the Upper Keys Rotary Club. She is also a board member of the Florida Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and Bank PAC. In her free time, Bette enjoys long distance road biking and is active working and fundraising for her women and children’s health clinic in Haiti.


    Excited to join the team, Bette expressed, “It’s wonderful to be working with a family of dedicated bankers who are so loyal and provide great customer service.” She is a long time resident of the Upper Keys and will be available for appointments in both Miami-Dade and Monroe County. Call Bette today at (786) 229-4687 to make an appointment and see how she can help grow your business.

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