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    Is your business ready for 2014?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Do you have a business plan? If you do, is it dusty? Join our Business Plus Network this month as our small business guru walks you through creating/updating a business plan. See invite for details.

    High FIVE for Violet!

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Although we've had some amazing anniversaries lately, a 5 year milestone is still something to celebrate and we're proud to highlight Violet Holgate on her anniversary. Violet is the Assistant Manager at our Key Largo Office. She’s been in the banking profession for over 25 years, with experience in trust departments, deposit operations and personal banking. She believes customer service is the most important aspect of her job so it’s no surprise she has been named a top performer among our personal bankers, both on a quarterly basis and as our 2012 year-end award recipient.

    Violet was born in Jamaica and the tropical influence can be seen in her taste of music and climate. She migrated to New York and Ohio at a young age and says it was a major temperature change for her. Now she feels like she is back home and is grateful to once again be able to listen to the ocean.

    Violet spends much of her time with her family, which includes three sons and a step daughter. She believes in giving back by not only donating money to organizations, but on many occasions she has opened her home to those in need of shelter. When asked about her upcoming anniversary, Violet expressed, “Community Bank of Florida is a great place to work. You feel like a member of a family instead of just an employee.”

    Photo: Violet Holgate, Key Largo Assistant Manager

    We're thankful...

    Last updated 9 months ago

    ..for the family and friends we have; the communities we live in; the small business owners that keep our local economy going; the volunteers who strive to make life better for everyone; the soldiers who keep us safe; the employees who make us a great company... and of course, the customers who make it all worth doing. We wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Carmen Lopez celebrates 2 decades!

    Last updated 9 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 9 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.”

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