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12/05/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES BANKING OFFICE MANAGER FOR NEW GAINESVILLE BRANCH
12/05/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES BANKING OFFICE MANAGER FOR NEW GAINESVILLE BRANCH
10/22/2013 Florida Community Bank Shares, Inc. Continues Solid Performance
09/03/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CREDIT ADMINISTRATION
08/30/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA CELEBRATES GROUND BREAKING OF NEW PINELLAS PLAZA IN THE VILLAGES
08/22/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN GAINESVILLE MARKET
08/19/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN SECOND VILLAGES LOCATION
08/14/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA VICE PRESIDENT RECOGNIZED AS HONOR GRADUATE AT FLORIDA SCHOOL OF BANKING
08/02/2013 FLORIDA COMMUNITY BANK SHARES, INC. SHOWS CONTINUED GROWTH THROUGH FIRST HALF OF 2013
06/25/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA TEAMS UP WITH CENTRAL FLORIDA SWIM AMERICA TO OFFER SWIM LESSON SCHOLARSHIPS
06/12/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA PRESENTS EXHIBITS BY THREE LOCAL ARTISTS
05/08/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA SURPASSES $100,000 IN OVERALL DONATIONS THROUGH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
05/03/2013 Florida Community Bankshares, Inc. Continues To Grow in First Quarter 2013
04/08/2013 COMMUNITY BANKS SERVE ESSENTIAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOBS
04/03/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF SAFE AND SECURE BANKING
03/29/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA OAKS OFFICE PRESENTS ART WORK BY LOCAL ARTIST ELAYNE DUBIN
02/20/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA FINANCE PROGRAM MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO AFFORD LIFESTOCK FOR YOUTH FAIR
02/05/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA PRESENTS ART WORK BY RENOWNED LOCAL ARTIST MARY VERRANDEAUX
01/22/2013 COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES TRUST OFFICER FOR VILLAGES OFFICE
01/16/2013 Florida Community Bank Shares, Inc. Raises Dividend by 50 Percent



COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES BANKING OFFICE MANAGER FOR NEW GAINESVILLE BRANCH
   12/05/2013

 

 

Misty Barnett joined Community Bank &Trust of Florida as Banking Office Manager for the soon-to-be open Stadium Club Office located in Gainesville at 1800 W. University Avenue.

 

“We are very excited to add someone with Misty’s talent and passion for our community to our team,” said John Roberts, vice president of Commercial Banking. “She is a great addition to our Gainesville family and will do an excellent job leading our new office.”

 

Barnett comes to Community Bank & Trust of Florida with 13 years of retail and business banking experience. In this role, she will oversee all of the day to day operations, sales and business development of the Stadium Club office.

 

Barnett’s most recent post was Personal Banker for SunTrust Bank in Gainesville where she worked the majority of her banking career.

 

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998. The bank is a member of the FDIC and currently has 9 full-service banking offices with locations in Belleview, Gainesville, Ocala, Summerfield and The Villages with new offices opening soon in The Villages and Gainesville. Its primary businesses are comprised of deposit, credit, trust, residential and commercial loans and investment services. The company has over $607 million in assets and employs 118 people.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES BANKING OFFICE MANAGER FOR NEW GAINESVILLE BRANCH
   12/05/2013


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Florida Community Bank Shares, Inc. Continues Solid Performance
   10/22/2013

Florida Community Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Community Bank & Trust of Florida, announced its financial results for the third quarter 2013. The company reported Total Assets of $607.7 million as of September 30, 2013 as well as Net Income of $1.081 million for the third quarter and $3.437 million Year to Date. The company also reported that Total Capital was $55.2 million or 9.1 percent of Total Assets. Delinquent Loans were 0.80 percent of Total Loans Outstanding and Non-Performing Assets were 1.30 percent of Total Assets.

“We are very excited with our continued progress,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “With two new banking offices underway we look forward to continued growth in the coming year.”

 




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CREDIT ADMINISTRATION
   09/03/2013

Community Bank & Trust of Florida announces the appointment of Jim Maguire to Senior Vice President of Credit Administration for the bank. Maguire will oversee the Commercial Credit Department. 

Maguire comes to Community Bank & Trust of Florida with 33 years of bank experience and management. His most recent post was with SunTrust as City President for Marion County and Lead Commercial Lender for Alachua & Marion County. Prior to SunTrust, Maguire worked for Bank of Pahokee and Farm Credit Service.

 "I have known Jim for over 25 years. He is a great banker with local market knowledge and experience”, said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “He will work well with our outstanding commercial lending team.”

Maguire is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. He has served on numerous local organization boards and is currently on the Board of Directors for Munroe Regional Medical Center Foundation and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ocala.

 




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA CELEBRATES GROUND BREAKING OF NEW PINELLAS PLAZA IN THE VILLAGES
   08/30/2013

Pinellas ground breaking

 Staff of Community Bank & Trust of Florida and local dignitaries donned hard hats and gold shovels as they tossed soil in the air. Approximately 40 people – and a bull dozer – were on hand to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Pinellas Plaza bank office in the Villages on Tuesday, August 27th.

 “We are extremely excited to become a part of this fast-growing area of The Villages,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “This office reinforces our commitment to the people and businesses of this area by offering high-quality products and services while creating at least five new jobs in the community.”

 The 3,500 square foot office, which will be located at 2535 Burnsed Boulevard, will be a full-service facility offering consumer and business products and services including commercial and residential lending, investment, wealth management and trust services. In addition, the branch will have multiple drive-thru lanes, safe deposit boxes and a 24-hour ATM for customer convenience.

 The bank currently has a Villages Office located at 2285 Parr Dr. (County Rd. 466). Construction of the new building will begin in August and the office is slated to open early 2014.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN GAINESVILLE MARKET
   08/22/2013

As a part of its on-going commitment to provide safe, sound and secure banking for the communities it serves, Community Bank & Trust of Florida announced today it plans to open its 11th bank office location in the newly constructed Stadium Club building.

The 2,500 square foot retail office, at 1802 W. University Avenue, will be a full-service facility offering consumer and business products and services including commercial and residential lending, investment, wealth management and trust services. In addition, the branch will have a 24-hour ATM for customer convenience.

“We are excited about having a downtown campus location. The office will have two floors of this incredible building,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “We plan to provide exceptional, personal customer service in a progressive student and business environment adjacent to the university.”

“We are excited to have Community Bank & Trust of Florida as our newest commercial tenant,” said Larry Roberts Sr, CEO of RLR Investments. “We are confident this will be a successful venture for both of our companies and have enjoyed a strong working relationship with them over the years and look forward to continuing our growth with theirs into the future.”

This will be the 11th office in the tri-county service area for the bank and the second in Alachua County. Their current Gainesville location is located next to the Oaks Mall at 6120 NW 1st Place. Recently, the bank announced its 10th office location, which will be located in the Villages off of County Road 466A in the Pinellas Plaza.

Build out of the Stadium Club office will begin in August, and the office is slated to open early 2014.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN SECOND VILLAGES LOCATION
   08/19/2013

As a part of its on-going commitment to provide safe, sound and secure banking for the communities it serves, Community Bank & Trust of Florida announced today it plans to open its 10th bank office location and second Villages location.

The 3,500 square foot office, which will be located at 2535 Burnsed Boulevard, will be a full-service facility offering consumer and business products and services including commercial and residential lending, investment, wealth management and trust services. In addition, the branch will have multiple drive-thru lanes, safe deposit boxes and a 24-hour ATM for customer convenience.

 “We are extremely excited to become a part of this fast-growing area of The Villages,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “This office expansion reinforces our commitment to the people and businesses of this area by offering high-quality products and services while creating at least five new jobs in the community.”

 Construction of the building will begin in August and the office is slated to open early 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27th at 9:30 a.m.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA VICE PRESIDENT RECOGNIZED AS HONOR GRADUATE AT FLORIDA SCHOOL OF BANKING
   08/14/2013

The Dr. C. Arnold Matthews Honor Graduate Award was recently presented to John Roberts, vice President of Commercial Banking at Community Bank & Trust of Florida’s Gainesville Office.  The award was given at the 44th Annual Florida Bankers Association (FBA) Florida School of Banking Ceremony at the University of Florida. 

 "We are extremely proud of all of the graduates from the Florida School of Banking. However, the fact that John Roberts is this year’s top graduate is very exciting,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “John is an important part of our leadership team. Our expansion in the Gainesville market is exciting with great bankers like John Roberts leading the way.”

 Sponsored by the Florida Bankers Association in cooperation with the College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, the banking school requires one week attendance on campus annually for three years with six extensive home study assignments between the first and second sessions. The Florida School of Banking (FSB) faculty consists of 20 bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of Florida.

 High scholastic marks, contribution to and participation in class, and overall personal contributions within the student body are criteria the FSB Board use to determine each year’s Honor Graduate. 

 “John certainly exhibited characteristics the board was looking for, with high scores on all exams and home study problems, significant contributions to the Senior Bank Simulation program and leadership qualities exhibited throughout his three years with the School,” said Peter Brokaw, FSB Administrator and Senior Vice President of Education at the Florida Bankers Association.

 The Dr. C. Arnold Matthews Honor Graduate Award was established to recognize a graduating senior who has distinguished themselves during the completion of the School's course of study, achieving the highest standard of excellence during their attendance at the Florida School of Banking. 

About the Florida Bankers Association:  The Florida Bankers Association serves as the primary resource through which Florida financial service providers work in unity to influence the state and federal legal regulatory environment in which they serve their customers. Established in 1888, the FBA is one of Florida’s oldest trade associations and has a membership of approximately 250 financial institutions ranging in size from small community banks, thrifts and trust companies to medium sized banks operating in several parts of the state, to large regional financial institutions that are headquartered in Florida or outside the state. More than 95 percent of banks operating in Florida are members.




FLORIDA COMMUNITY BANK SHARES, INC. SHOWS CONTINUED GROWTH THROUGH FIRST HALF OF 2013
   08/02/2013

Florida Community Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Community Bank & Trust of Florida, announced its financial results for the second quarter 2013. The company reported Total Assets of $603.5 million as of June 30, 2013 as well as Net Income of $1,180 thousand for the second quarter and $2,356 thousand Year to Date. The company also reported that Total Capital was $55.7 million or 9.2 percent of Total Assets. Delinquent Loans were 0.03 percent of Total Loans Outstanding and Non-Performing Assets were 1.36 percent of Total Assets.

“We are very proud of our banks performance for the first half of 2013,” said Hugh Dailey, chief Executive Officer for Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “Our local economy continues to improve and our bank is presently one of the top performing banks in Florida.”




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA TEAMS UP WITH CENTRAL FLORIDA SWIM AMERICA TO OFFER SWIM LESSON SCHOLARSHIPS
   06/25/2013

In an effort to make swim lessons available to all Marion County children, regardless of family income, Community Bank & Trust of Florida donated $1,400 to establish the Learn-to-Swim scholarships to assist families who may not be able to fully afford swim lessons for their children.

“We are always looking for ways to help within our community,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “This scholarship program is a great way to assist those who are less fortunate in our community learn a very important life skill.”

Central Florida SwimAmerica located at the College of Central Florida, typically has about 20 families per year who are unable to afford the $70 swim lessons for their children. This year 17 children benefited from the scholarship program and were able to enroll in swim lessons at The Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center.

“Central Florida SwimAmerica is very appreciative and grateful to Community Bank & Trust of Florida for assisting us in helping the community realize the importance of children and adults learning to swim,” said Sue Schwerzel, program director for Central Florida SwimAmerica.

Schwerzel identified the families who received scholarship lessons.  These sessions consist of eight, half hour lessons given over a two week period. “Learning to swim is the ONLY lesson that could save you or your child(ren)’s life,” added Schwerzel.

Central Florida SwimAmerica offers infant through adult swim lessons. They teach with the most effective method known using progressions developed by United States Swim Coaches. Their goal is to teach children to swim quickly. All coaches are certified by SwimAmerica, an international program of the American Swimming Coaches Association.  There are over 800 SwimAmerica programs worldwide. For more information, please call (352) 804-5438 or visit www.ocalaaquatics.com.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA PRESENTS EXHIBITS BY THREE LOCAL ARTISTS
   06/12/2013

Community Bank & Trust of Florida is presenting three different types of art work in two of their bank offices by local artists, John and Roselie Tucker; and Carlynne Hershberger.

The Tucker’s exhibit, which features 8 pieces, opened on Monday, June 10th in the lobby at Community Bank & Trust of Florida Oaks Office, 6120 NW 1st Place in Gainesville.  John Tucker, whose work has covered multiple types of art styles, is currently working with abstract realism. Roselie Tucker’s work consists of life drawings and painting in oils.

 John has taken several workshops throughout the US and internationally, learning mixed media, pottery, silk screen, linocut, aquatint, watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylics.  His current series of paintings are based upon photographs that have been modified by using Photoshop.

Rosalie has been actively experimenting with different mediums and techniques for the last 18 years and currently takes classes at Santa Fe College in new and untested techniques. Her current work on display is still life in oil.

 Carlynne Hershberger is an experimental mixed media artist. Hershberger’s exhibit, which features 12 pieces, is on display at Community Bank & Trust of Florida’s Main Office at 1603 SW 19th Avenue in Ocala. Her exhibit is a sample of her landscape work, which has a luminescent quality in the interplay of light and foliage. It is radiant with the shimmer of late afternoon sun, and saturated with color.

 Hershberger began her art career with colored pencils, later expanding her media to include oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor.  She has participated in Ocala’s Horse Fever projects, as well as Kaleidoscope Butterflies in Flight in Lakeland, Florida.

 The exhibits will be on display through the end of July and are free and open to the public during bank hours, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday –Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday. The Main Office is also open 9 a.m. – Noon on Saturdays.

 




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA SURPASSES $100,000 IN OVERALL DONATIONS THROUGH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
   05/08/2013

Suzanne McGuire accepts a check from Bryan Storlie of CBTFL

11TH ANNUAL TEE TIME FOR TOTS GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES OVER $9,400 FOR CAUSE

Community Bank & Trust of Florida’s 11th Annual Tee Time for Tots Golf Tournament was held April 13th at Eagle Ridge Golf Club to benefit the Marion County Public Schools Homeless Children and Youth Program.  Over the past 11 years, with the generous help of employees, customers and sponsors, Community Bank & Trust of Florida’s golf tournaments have raised and donated $103,350 exclusively for the benefit of local children.  This year alone, the tournament raised and donated $9,459. 

“As a community bank it is our duty to assist those who are less fortunate in our community,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “It is an honor and a privilege that we are able to organize this event every year that impacts so many children in our community.”

“What a difference this donation makes for the over 2,000 homeless children in our community,” said Suzanne McGuire, homeless Liaison for Marion County Schools. “It all stays local in our community and this support is appreciated so much.”

The Marion County Schools Homeless Children and Youth Program provides recognized homeless children with support in the form of school supplies, clothing, personal hygiene items, emergency food, and other individual needs as identified. For more information on this worthwhile cause contact the Homeless Children and Youth Program at (352) 671-6847.




Florida Community Bankshares, Inc. Continues To Grow in First Quarter 2013
   05/03/2013

Florida Community Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Community Bank & Trust of Florida, announced its financial results for the first quarter 2013. The company reported Total Assets of $585.5 million as of March 31, 2013 as well as Net Income of $1.176 million for the quarter, a 38 percent improvement from the prior year. The company also reported that Total Capital increased to $60.3 million or 10.30 percent of Total Assets. Delinquent Loans were 0.16 percent of Total Loans Outstanding and Non-Performing Assets were 1.28 percent of Total Assets, both improved from last year.

“Our bank is very proud of our first quarter results. Our employees and customers have worked hard to navigate through some very difficult times,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “As the economy improves, our bank has plenty of resources to enable local families and businesses to move forward. We have been around for fifteen years and will continue to provide superior financial products and services to our community.”




COMMUNITY BANKS SERVE ESSENTIAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOBS
   04/08/2013

The Independent Community Bankers of America ® (ICBA) and community banks nationwide continue to recognize April as ICBA Community Banking Month. The association and its nearly 5,000 community bank members are reminding everyone of the vital role community banks serve in supporting local small businesses. Community banks are crucial in helping local economies thrive because they operate locally and put local deposits back to work in the community through loans to local residents and small businesses.

"Community banks are invested in our communities and our customers. As a small business ourselves, Community Bank and Trust of Florida only prospers when our customers and communities do the same, so taking care of customers and looking out for the best interests of our community is ingrained in what we do," said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida.” “Everyone in our local community is ready to recover financially, the last several years have been very tough and we are here to help get our local economy going strong“

By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks are an essential part of our nation’s financial system. Community banks are the primary source of lending for small businesses and farms. For their size, community banks are prolific small business lenders—providing a substantial number of small business loans across the country, including Small Business Administration loans. In fact, even though they comprise just 10 percent of the banking industry by assets, community banks provide nearly 60 percent of loans to small businesses.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF SAFE AND SECURE BANKING
   04/03/2013

Community Bank & Trust of Florida, a leading community bank in North Central Florida, celebrated its 15th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The bank has shown consistent profitability since its inception, beginning with $7.6 million in capital that its leadership team has grown to $43 million over the last 15 years.

“We are pleased to celebrate offering safe and secure banking to the folks of this community for 15 years,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “We have built a strong foundation through some tough economic times and we are well positioned for continued growth”

Community Bank & Trust of Florida started with one branch in West Marion County with the mission of offering its clients high quality financial solutions with personalized customer service. The bank has since grown to 9 offices across three counties, added trust and investment services to their list of products and continues to offer its clients a high-touch, high-tech approach to banking.

“Our growth is evidence that local consumers and businesses still appreciate a refreshing alternative to the Mega banks,” said Dailey. “We always re-invest in our communities to help keep this area a great place to live. We also provide over 118 local jobs and are proud to be responsible corporate tax paying citizens.”

Community Bank & Trust will commemorate this milestone with celebrations at each of their offices throughout the month.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA OAKS OFFICE PRESENTS ART WORK BY LOCAL ARTIST ELAYNE DUBIN
   03/29/2013

Community Bank & Trust of Florida is presenting art influenced by Latin textiles by local artist Elayne Dubin at their Gainesville office. Dubin is a renowned artist known for her acrylic paintings using a technique she calls “Textile Traditions” which uses whittled chopsticks to achieve the look of weavings on canvas.

The exhibit, which features 10 pieces, opened on Monday, March 11 at the Oaks office of Community Bank & Trust of Florida, 6120 NW 1st Place, Gainesville. The exhibit will be on display through May and is free and open to the public during bank hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday.

“This collection is a retrospective show for Elayne,” said Emily Humphreys –Beher, assistant vice president and Trust Officer at Community Bank & Trust of Florida who is coordinating the event.  “It's a rare chance to view a body of work with an unusual perspective on folk art from a different culture." 

Dubin, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, began searching for her own personal style by traveling the world. During her time in Spain she became drawn to the bright colors of the local art and woven textures. Dubin began creating 3-D stylized visualizations of weavings using acrylic paint and whittled chopsticks. She has completed more than 90 paintings and has had her work on display at such fine institutes as the Peruvian Embassy and Organization of American States.

For more information on Elayne Dubin, visit Green Heron Art Studio on Facebook.




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA FINANCE PROGRAM MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO AFFORD LIFESTOCK FOR YOUTH FAIR
   02/20/2013

Many in the community may not realize what a financial undertaking it is to participate in the Southeastern Youth Fair. The participants and their families buy these animals in the Fall with their own money and must keep detailed financial records of all monies spent to raise and feed the animal. This is done in hopes of, at the very least, a break even at the fair.

As a supporter of the Southeastern Youth Fair, Community Bank & Trust of Florida is pleased to offer a loan option for participants in the Youth Fair Steer and Hog Program that may not be able to afford this undertaking. Participants may apply for a loan with an adult applicant in the amount of $1,500 for steer projects and $600 for hog projects. If approved, the participant along with an adult applicant will be required to execute loan documents for repayment.

“We feel that it is important to support the activities of our community’s youth,” said Hugh Dailey, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida. “This loan program is provided to these participants to allow them an opportunity to buy now and pay over time. It’s also a great way to teach them the importance of good financing.”

The purpose of the loan program is to fund the purchase of the steer or hog and to supplement ongoing expenses such as feed and veterinary care as needed. The loan, which matures on April 15th of the following year, has a primary repayment source of the sale of the steer or hog.

This year, Community Bank & Trust of Florida financed seven participants in the fair for a total of $4,200. In the past three years they have offered this program they have financed 12 participants for a total of $8,700 in loans. 

“Financial education is our primary goal for the project,” said Dailey. “We are heavily involved in several other projects that also promote financial literacy. We are committed to helping improve financial education in our community.”




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA PRESENTS ART WORK BY RENOWNED LOCAL ARTIST MARY VERRANDEAUX
   02/05/2013

Equine art work by Mary Verrandeaux 

Community Bank & Trust of Florida is presenting equestrian art work by local artist Mary Verrandeaux. Mary Verrandeaux is a renowned artist known for her realistic oil and pastel paintings of portraits, animals and landscapes.  

The exhibit, which features 8 pieces, opened on Friday, February 1st in the lobby at Community Bank & Trust of Florida, 1603 SW 19th Avenue. The exhibit will be on display through April 1, 2013 and is free and open to the public during bank hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.

“We are pleased to host this exhibition of Verrandeaux’s exceptional work,” said Emily Humphreys –Beher, assistant vice president and Trust Officer at Community Bank & Trust of Florida who is coordinating the event. “Her work is extraordinary, particularly the crisp quality of her pastels. It’s wonderful to find this class of work in our local area, and we should do more to promote it.”

Verrandeaux, a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design and a former marketing professional, began to pursue commissioned portrait work in 1999. She decided to follow her dream of being a full-time artist in 2006 after selling her Communications company. Verrandeaux travels around the country to numerous equestrian shows throughout the year welcoming the exposure of new covers and potential new clients.

“I am honored that Community Bank &Trust of Florida thought enough of my work to display it in their lobby,” said Mary Verrandeaux. “I really love to paint... portraits, animals, or landscapes. I truly love the freedom and the variety of a fine artist.

I have finally found my calling. There is not a day that goes by that I don't see something I want to turn into a painting.”

For more information on Mary Verrandeaux, or to see more of her work, visit www.mverrandeaux.com

 




COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA NAMES TRUST OFFICER FOR VILLAGES OFFICE
   01/22/2013

Ann Tallman joined Community Bank &Trust of Florida on January 2nd as Vice President/Trust Officer for its Villages office.

Tallman comes to Community Bank & Trust of Florida with over 30 years of wealth management and trust experience. In this role, she will oversee business development and relationship management in the Trust Department for The Villages and surrounding areas.

Tallman previously worked for First National Bank of Mount Dora as Vice President and Trust Officer. Prior to that, she was Vice President and Trust Officer for Huntington National Bank in Leesburg.

Tallman is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association Trust Graduate School at the University of Florida, attended Lake-Sumter Community College, and has earned her Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designations.  Tallman is a member of the Florida Bankers Association Trust Division’s Executive and Education Committees, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, Central Florida Estate Planning Council, the Philanthropic Advisors Council of Central Florida, as well as a Board member of Cornerstone Hospice Foundation.  She is the Chairman of the 2012 Florida Bankers Association Wealth Management Conference, President of the Mid-Florida Estate Planning Council, Audit Chair of the Business and Professional Women of North Lake and a mentor with the Lake/Sumter Take Stock in Children program.  She was also named the 2010 Florida Bankers Association Trust Banker of the Year. 




Florida Community Bank Shares, Inc. Raises Dividend by 50 Percent
   01/16/2013

Florida Community Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Community Bank & Trust of Florida, announced its financial results for 2012. The company reported Total Assets of $569.7 million as of December 31, 2012 as well as Net Income of $4.713 million for the year, a 90 percent improvement from the prior year.  The company also reported that Total Capital increased to $59.9 million or 10.53 percent of Total Assets. Delinquent Loans were 0.37 percent of Total Loans Outstanding and Non-Performing Assets were 1.45 percent of Total Assets, both improved from last year. The audited results are expected to be available in March, 2013.     

The financial performance of the company created the opportunity for the board to increase the company’s dividend for its shareholders by 50 percent. On January 16th, the company mailed dividend checks of $0.15 per share to its shareholders.

“We are locally owned and operated. Our loyal customers and dedicated employees continued to grow our company in a weak economy,” said Hugh Dailey, president and CEO of Community Bank and Trust of Florida. “We opened our ninth office near Spruce Creek and have plenty of funds to lend as local business conditions gradually improve. We are committed to help local folks recover and create jobs as we move toward full employment and local prosperity.”

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998. The bank is a member of the FDIC and currently has 9 full-service banking offices with locations in Belleview, Gainesville, Ocala, Summerfield and The Villages. Its primary businesses are comprised of deposit, credit, trust, residential loans, commercial loans and investment services. The company has over $569 million in assets and employs 118 people.




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