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    Aileen Fundora Attends Graduate School of Banking

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Aileen Fundora, VP and Director of Human Resources, recently attended her first year of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She is among 513 bankers taking part in the 63rd annual two-week session. Bankers traveled from twenty states and Mexico to participate.

    Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. Courses cover all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects. Faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders and educators from all over the U.S. During their three years at the Graduate School of Banking, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, thirty hours of reviews, planned evening study and written final examinations at the end of each session.

    Mrs. Fundora is a graduate of Miami Springs Senior High and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management from Florida International University. She later received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and in 2010 she earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the HR Certification Institute. Eager to develop her banking knowledge, Mrs. Fundora described her first year as “an amazing and unique opportunity to meet and build new relationships with other banking individuals throughout the nation. It’s a fast paced learning environment, with great professors and a large amount of new information, but an extremely rewarding experience. I am grateful to know that Community Bank values the importance of my career growth and is willing to invest the time and money towards my education.”

    SPOTLIGHT ON: Swankridge

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you've ever met the Swanks you know they are very interesting. They love animals, feeding people and supporting the community. One day we asked Sallyann to tell us how she became a business woman. Her family story is worth the read:

    “In 1979, as a nurse and single parent with two small children, I dreamed of opening my first business. I didn’t have any family in the area, and when I went to Community Bank they backed me financially as well as emotionally. With their help I opened Swankridge, a place I could provide quality care for the elderly. In 1984, my love for antiques turned into my second business. Eventually the finger food and tea I served to customers turned my antique store into a tea room. My sister Katie’s restaurant experience came in handy and the tea room became White Lion Café. As my children got older, it became a family business. My daughter Lory went to art school and is now our best chef. My son Shannon got his contractor’s license and now does all the work on our facilities. Even my grandkids, with their college funds, are part of the financial family. Community Bank is the BLOOD that flows through our veins. I don't think the average person understands how important a real hometown bank supports them, from a simple paycheck to keeping our small businesses in the mainstream of commerce.”

    In the photo are Katie P. Jones, Lory Swank, Kit Kat, Shannon Swank and Sallyann Swank

    CBF Supports Ladies Auxiliary

    Last updated 5 years ago

    CBF is pleased to support the Ladies Auxiliary Post #4127 in hosting their sixth annual Freedom Walk. The Freedom Walk is an event to reflect on the sacrifices of September 11th and express appreciation to our military men and women. It will be held on Saturday, September 8th at the VFW Post 4127, located at 601 NE 2nd Road in Homestead.

    The event is free and registration begins at noon. Activities include a reflection program, a two mile walk/jog/run/wheel, followed by a Celebration of Freedom at 2pm that includes lunch. Children and pets are welcome. Proceeds remaining after the event will be donated to the VFW Unmet Needs Fund, which assists soldiers with unexpected difficulties. If you have any further questions, please contact Leilani Weist at (786) 231-7621.

    Jaime Ramos Earns Diploma

    Last updated 5 years ago

    CBF is pleased to announce Jaime Ramos has received his Banking Specialist Diploma through the Center for Financial Training at Miami Dade College. Mr. Ramos currently works in the Deposit Operations Department and has been a part of the financial family for nine years. He began his career at the bank as a loan processor and gained experience within the Special Assets Department before he moved to Deposit Operations. For the last five years he has handled the coordination of remote capture machines and has specialized in charge offs and recoveries.  

    In addition to his recent diploma, Jaime holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College. His goal is to continue developing his banking expertise by earning a diploma in credit analysis and a degree in finance, so that in the future he can become a loan officer. Jamie was born in Miami and currently resides in Homestead. He is proud of his Mexican American heritage and gives back every year by fundraising to purchase book bags and school supplies for local middle school aged migrant children. In his free time he enjoys playing musical instruments including the guitar, keyboard and drums. He is an excellent bartender and is often seen serving refreshments at Community Bank parties.   

    Mr. Ramos states, “As a bank and society, we struggle to recover from the recent economic recession, but we should look at this as an opportunity. This is a chance to enter a new future and provide our customers with not only excellent customer service and products but financial education and stability for the future. I am proud to work at a place that embraces a traditional “family” atmosphere that reflects onto our customers.”

    Sonia Davis celebrates 15 years with us!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    CBF is proud to celebrate Sonia Davis’s 15th Anniversary as a member of their Financial Family. Mrs. Davis is currently the Manager of the Loan Operations Department. Her day to day tasks include supervising and motivating the department and providing service to bank customers and employees. 

    Sonia previously served in the Army, dedicating six years as a medic. She began her banking experience in 1997, joining Community Bank as a vault attendant. Through the years, she has continued to work her way up and earned her General Banking Certificate from the American Institute of Banking.

    Sonia was born in Hawthorne, California and currently lives in Leisure City, where she feels blessed to work so close to home. She is extremely proud of her son, who is currently attending the police academy. In her free time, she enjoys walking, anything sports related and spending time with family and friends. Enthusiastic about her position, Sonia stated, “When my family moved to Homestead 39 years ago, I never would have imagined that I would grow up in a great town and work for a wonderful company like Community Bank of Florida!”  


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