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    CBF Employee Partners with Avenues of Excellence

    Last updated 5 years 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 For more information on the Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center in Homestead, visit

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    Julie Romero Receives Certified Military Housing Specialist Designation

    Last updated 5 years 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 5 years 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.

    CBF Promotes Elisa Mascorro

    Last updated 5 years ago

    CBF is pleased to announce Elisa Mascorro has been promoted to Customer Service Associate Supervisor of the Perrine Financial Center. Ms. Mascorro has been part of the Community Bank Financial Family for eight years and has achieved perfect attendance every year. She began her banking career as a teller and over the years has spent time working at three different offices. Her new responsibilities will include assisting customers, overseeing the teller line and opening new accounts.

    Elisa was born in Miami and lives in Homestead with her three beautiful children. During her tenure she has earned the Banking Specialist Certificate from the American Bankers Association. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with the family. Enthusiastic about her new promotion, Elisa states, “My motto is: everything you can imagine is real.”

    CBF Supports MAST @ Homestead

    Last updated 5 years ago

    CBF  was pleased to make a donation to support MAST Academy at Homestead. MAST is a relatively new biomedical, pharmaceutical and physical therapy focused medical high school. They have been open for two years and last January they moved into their permanent home in the old Homestead Hospital location. Students have been fundraising by selling community sponsored t-shirts. The funds go towards special projects, such as sending a student to the College Tour Institute and sending a team to the Health Occupation Students of America competition. Arthur Gladney, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization President, stated that raising money has been very difficult and they are already looking for ways to fundraise for next year. If you’d like to assist the school with a contribution, contact Arthur at (305) 300-3851 or via email


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