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.