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    Carmen Lopez celebrates 2 decades!

    Last updated 4 months ago

    CBF is happy to announce Carmen Lopez is celebrating her 20th year as a bank employee. Carmen has a total of 26 years of banking experience, familiar with both customer service and behind the scenes jobs. She came to Homestead from Yonkers, New York back in the early 90's and joined the CBF team as a teller. Her past teller skills quickly earned her a promotion to vault teller and eventually to teller supervisor. In 2005, she was promoted to the compliance department, where she is currently a bank secrecy act specialist. In this role, Carmen makes sure all the employees are on top of their compliance training and fill out all the mandatory forms to keep customer accounts safe. 

    Carmen and her husband settled into the Homestead area easily, joining the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. She decided to get more involved and has been an integral part of their annual festival as well as treasurer for the past 13 years. She enjoys spending time with her adult children and grandchildren, going to the movies and to theme parks. When asked about the transition from New York to Homestead, Carmen said "We arrived from New York to Homestead in 1993. I am thankful for all we have accomplished, for the beautiful fellowship we have in our church and especially for our 9 grandchildren that were born here in Homestead."

    Photo: Carmen Lopez, Compliance Specialist

    20 Years of Service

    Last updated 4 months ago

    CBF is proud to announce another long term anniversary- Cindy Kendall has just reached her 20 year milestone! Cindy is an Assistant Vice President and the bank’s Director of Marketing. She’s been in the banking profession for over 33 years, with experience outside of marketing, including customer service and accounting.  

    Cindy is well known around the bank for her love of baking and can always be counted on to help out at employee bake sale fundraisers. She also enjoys volunteering in the community and has served several non-profit organizations, including the South Dade American Red Cross Ball Committee. For most of the ten years she spent on the committee, Cindy co-chaired the event. In 2010, the Red Cross thanked her for her efforts by honoring her with the Barbara Nelson Service Award during the Sara Hopkins Spectrum Awards Ceremony. In 2012, Cindy became aware of a tragic swimming accident that claimed the life of a 12 year old Homestead girl named Jenny Nguyen. She felt passionate about the cause and immediately volunteered to help the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund. She is now the chair of the Homestead Swim for Jenny Gala committee, which raises money to provide swimming lessons for local children.

    When asked how she feels about two decades of working at CBF, Cindy responded, “I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I appreciate the bank’s dedication to civic involvement because it’s given me many opportunities to help others. I am proud of the investments that have been made in the communities we serve and I look forward to helping the markets we serve grow and succeed.”

    We Care Too

    Last updated 4 months ago

    CBF employees were proud to attend the "I Do Care" 2013 Annual Fundraiser for Island Dolphin Care. Island Dolphin is a not-for-profit organization located in Key Largo. It is known as a magical place where dolphin therapy brings joy and new abilities to children with special needs, children at risk and wounded veterans. Parents and participants reclaim hope, shed stress and find inspiration through activities centered around dolphin human therapy. 

     

     

    • Island Dolphin Care's Annual "I Do Care" Fundraiser
    • Evelyn Guilfoyle, Evelyn McGlone and Denise Held enjoy the evening

    Woo-hoo for 15 Years!

    Last updated 4 months ago

    CBF is excited to celebrate Lynne Guadamuz's 15th Anniversary! Lynne is known around the bank for being one of our most positive cheerleaders and is often referred to as our official "Woo-hooer." Her friendly personality is a great asset, as Lynne has constant contact with customers who need assistance with online banking or credit cards. She has over 20 years of banking experience in several different departments, which strengthens her problem solving abilities.

    Several years ago, Lynne used her energy to help launch the bank's Culture Club, an internal committee that throws parties, events and does random thank you's for the employees. She also spends much of her time volunteering in the community, and for the last 15 years has been a dedicated member of the Homestead Junior Woman's Club. Her leadership extended to the state level of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, where she has been a Florida Officer for the past four years. Lynne's other passions include singing, crafting, riding 4-wheelers, and of course, spending time with her teenage daughter. Being a Miami native, Lynne says her inspiration for volunteering comes from the fact that she "loves helping those she has known her entire life."

    Photo: Lynne Guadamuz, Electronic Banking Representative

    Job Corps Award

    Last updated 4 months ago

    CBF was recently highlighted at a Homestead Job Corps meeting for participating in their Community Relations Council. Our own Julie Romero has given countless hours serving the advisory board and mentoring students located there. The time spent is a wise investment, as Job Corps is making our community a stronger work force.

    Job Corps has been around for almost 50 years, providing no-cost education and career technical training programs to young people aged 16 through 24. Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Homestead Job Corps currently serves a student population of 353. They have the capacity for 391 students and are actively enrolling new students. Potential applicants and their families are invited for a tour/orientation every Thursday morning at Homestead Job Corps Center by calling Senior Admissions Counselor, Karen Dean, at 305-258-7158 or Business and Community Liaison, Lesly Diaz, at 305-257-4807.  Visit homesteadjobcorps.gov to find out more.

    Photo (Left to Right):  Jesika Davis, Meda Jensen, Julie Romero & Lesly Diaz 

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