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Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in News |

Central Bank's Sponsored Graduation for Entrepreneur Program Will Feature Senator Richter as Guest Speaker

Central Bank's Sponsored Graduation for Entrepreneur Program Will Feature Senator Richter as Guest Speaker

Joanne Show, Vice President of Central Bank Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that Garrett Richter, President of the Florida Senate and President and Director of First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, will be the guest speaker at Central Bank’s sponsored Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute class graduation. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Community Room (2nd.flr.), 2390 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103.

CentralBank-SenatorGarrettSenator Garrett Richter was elected to the Senate to represent District 37 in November 2008, after serving one term in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-2008. In addition to being Florida Senate President, he is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance, and he also serves on the Budget Committee, Judiciary Committee, Rules Committee and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.

Richter has been working in the banking industry since 1969. He currently serves as President and Director of First National Bank of the Gulf Coast since October 2009 and as President of TGR Financial, Inc. since November 2011. Formerly, he was a founder and former President and CEO of First National Bank of Florida, which was acquired by Fifth Third Bancorp. in 2005. He was also founding Director and Organizer of First National Bank of Naples, where he served as President until 1997.

“We are honored and excited to have Senator Richter speak to our graduating class of future entrepreneurs who are taking the first step toward a bright future,” says Joanne Show, Vice President of Central Bank Southwest Florida.

Central Bank, an FDIC insured community bank, currently has 21 locations serving the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan Area in Minnesota & Western Wisconsin and Southwest Florida. The overall strategy for Central Bank has always been to provide a higher level of personalized service than is generally available from larger banks. Central Bank delivers localized personal service combined with widely established technology-based services to provide convenience and easy access for its customers. Central Bank Southwest Florida takes an active role in the community by providing free financial and credit seminars to small business owners, business professionals and students. Florida branch offices are located in Fort Myers at 1520 Royal Palm Square Blvd. #100 and Naples at 4099 Tamiami Trail N, Suite 100. For more information call 239-430-2500 in Naples or 239-274-1900 in Fort Myers, or visit www.centralbnk.com.  Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. provides programs and services that help people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.  Supported programs include Job-Link centers, youth mentoring and job shadowing, income-sensitive housing for people with disabilities and seniors, the Four Wheels For Work vehicle assistance program, the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy charter school, and the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute.  For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, please visit www.goodwillswfl.org.