News and Updates

January 02, 2018

Bank of Central Florida Gives Back to Community through Annual Gift Program

During the 2017 holiday season, Bank of Central Florida celebrated by giving back to the community through their annual Gift Program. In lieu of sending holiday cards, donations were made in the name of each employee to the charity of their choice. This resulted in $5700 being given to local service and care providers who have made an impact on the lives of the Bank’s team members. Bank of Central Florida has made holiday donations for the past eight years through their annual Gift Program.

“We are especially grateful to our clients for helping us achieve success during the past years,” said Bank of Central Florida’s President/CEO Paul Noris. “It is through our continued partnerships that we’re able to contribute to local charitable causes. Our employees truly enjoy selecting their own charity and look forward to the Gift Program every year.”

December 01, 2017

Bank of Central Florida's 10th Anniversary Appreciation Letter.

Bank of Central Florida is proud to celebrate our 10th year as a locally owned community bank. We’re dedicated to serving Polk County residents and businesses with a unique approach to relationship banking. That approach includes experienced, talented bankers, supported by state-of-the-art technology, working closely with our clients to find innovative solutions to their financial needs. In the business of banking, it’s all based on relationships, not transactions. When you blend our style of banking with a keen eye on the future, you get a winning combination.

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank our loyal clients and the community for your support. Over the last 10 years we have grown to become Lakeland’s largest community bank in terms of deposit market share with over $460 million in deposits. We’re expanding our presence in the Winter Haven area and have plans to open an office in the first quarter of 2018. While we are excited by our growth, I know we didn’t get here alone. We’re guided by a loyal Board of Directors with deep roots in Central Florida, a strong management team and more than 60 dedicated employees – all committed to the core values that define our organization.

Thanks to continued advancements in mobile delivery channels, we’re adapting to an ever-changing marketplace that includes a much-expanded online presence. Our clients are increasingly able to complete online and mobile transactions at their convenience 24 hours a day, seven days a week – whether they’re at home, in the office or on the road. Just this past year, we rolled out Business Mobile Deposit, as well as our ‘Anywhere ATM’ program that gives Bank of Central Florida clients the ability to use their debit card at any ATM machine within the U.S. and have the withdrawal fees reimbursed. In looking toward 2018, we will launch “Zelle,” allowing our clients to move money digitally from bank to bank in real time without the use of a check. These advancements in our technology are being developed with you – our Polk County residents and businesses – in mind.

In addition to caring about our clients, we also care about the communities in which we live and work. We’re committed to playing an active role in civic activities and to contributing to local charitable causes, having donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofit organizations during the last decade. Many of our bankers are involved with non-profit organizations in the areas we serve. We take great pride in giving back to the community that has given so much to us. And we have every intention of promoting a culture that will continue our high-level of community involvement for years to come.

We’re honored to be part of the fabric of this community, and we look forward to sharing a successful future together.

October 05, 2017

Board Member Wins Respected Harris Award.

Bank of Central Florida’s newest Board Member, Carl J. (Bud) Strang, III, recently received a prestigious award from the Central Florida Development Council for the Success in Small Business category. Strong accepted this award on behalf of his company, Six/Ten LLC. The George Harris, Jr. Economic Development Award is given to businesses who have helped shape Polk County through expansion or job growth activities. The recipients are honored for their promotion of free enterprise, community service, economic stability, and quality growth. The award is named in honor of the late George Harris, Jr., a longtime banker and community leader in Polk County. Strang accepted the award on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at the Central Florida Development Council's annual meeting. His company, Six/Ten LLC, is a privately held investment company based in Winter Haven, FL. Strang was given credit for a number of expansive development projects and for his company's role in helping develop the Winter Haven area over the past three decades. We congratulate Mr. Strang for receiving this impressive award and we applaud his efforts in the growth and development of a variety of businesses in our Polk County market.

September 20, 2017

Equifax Breach Notice.

Recently, Equifax, one of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies, announced a major data breach. This breach affects approximately 143 million Americans. This is what we know according to Equifax: the data breach occurred May – July 2017, and the information stolen includes consumers’ personally identifiable information, including names, Social Security numbers, date of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Approximately 209,000 credit card numbers and dispute documents with personally identifiable information for approximately 182,000 consumers were also stolen. There is no evidence of unauthorized access to consumers’ credit reporting databases.

To be clear, Bank of Central Florida was not compromised and your information was not stolen from our bank. However, Bank of Central Florida takes the security of our customer information very seriously, and we are providing you with the information we know about this massive breach and the steps you can take to protect your personally identifiable information if you so desire. Following this unprecedented breach, we are also asking our customers to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity in your bank accounts to your relationship officer.

September 7, 2017

Bud Strang named to Board of Directors.

Bank of Central Florida is proud to announce that Carl J. (Bud) Strang, III, was voted onto the Bank’s Board of Directors in late July. Strang currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Six/Ten LLC, a privately held investment company based in Winter Haven, FL.

Strang has been actively involved in the start-up, growth and development of a variety of business ventures including real estate, agriculture, software and business services. He is a managing member of Island Grove, LLC – one of the state’s largest blueberry farming operations – and is a director and officer of Gapway Grove Corporation, a closely held land and citrus business.

July 1, 2017

Bartow Banker Sandy Dobbertean Announces Retirement Date.

Well known Bartow Vice President/Office Manager and Community Development Officer Sandy Dobbertean announced her retirement as of Sept. 30, 2017. Dobbertean has been with Bank of Central Florida since Feb. 2014. She manages the Bank’s day-to-day operations and staff in Bartow, works closely with the Bank’s clients and represents the Bank at community events in Bartow and surrounding areas.

“Sandy has created a wonderful presence on behalf of Bank of Central Florida in Bartow,” said President/Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Noris. “She’s been actively involved in the Bartow Chamber of Commerce and numerous organizations in Bartow. Our clients enjoy working with Sandy and give her very positive reviews on her approach to personalized banking. She has been a true asset to our company and we will miss her!”

March 19, 2017

Bank of Central Florida Proudly Celebrates 10th Anniversary.

The Bank of Central Florida team celebrated their 10th Anniversary while attending a Detroit Tigers game earlier in March. The Bank’s board members, management team, employees and their family members were all invited to attend. The celebration took place in the Florida-themed Margaritaville Deck, located directly down the right field line in the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Tigers announced the Bank’s 10th anniversary over the PA system during the game.

December 7, 2016

Employees at Bank of Central Florida Give Back to the Community. 

Bank of Central Florida celebrates its annual gift drive to local charities. Seven years ago, the Bank started its tradition of sending money into the community in lieu of sending holiday cards to its clients. Through this year’s charitable program, Bank of Central Florida donated $5,700 to 18 non-profit organizations across Polk County. Bank employees are able to direct donations to local non-profits that have a special meaning to them orhave touched their lives.

Staying true to one of the Bank’s core values, “We Care”, employees volunteered to assist Heartland for Children with their Rudolph Roundup. Our bankers were able to do their part by organizing and preparing Christmas gifts for children in foster care. In addition, employees donated their time and supplies by baking and delivering a total of 22 cakes to the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE).

Bank of Central Florida was founded to serve the financial needs of the local marketplace, and is guided by a local board of directors with deep roots in the Central Florida area. These board members have vast knowledge of the local business climate and are driven by their vision for a financial services institution that is focused on client service. “We are proud to play an active role in civic activities and contribute to local charitable causes, and we will continue our high-level of community involvement in the years to come,” says Paul Noris, President and CEO of the bank.

December 1, 2016

David Houston settles into new commercial banking role at Bank of Central Florida.

David Houston may have joined Bank of Central Florida just six short months ago, but he's no rookie when it comes to commercial banking. Houston brings thirty-five years of experience with him as he ventures into a new role as Senior Vice President/Commercial Lender.

July 14, 2016

Tracy Wilson has been named to the Board of Directors for Bank of Central Florida.

Mrs. Wilson is Senior Vice President, IT Business Planning for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, having worked for Marriott in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. She is a Child Advocate for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem program and serves on the board of Lakeland Regional Health Systems.

June 21, 2016

Ginny Harris has been named to the Board of Directors for Bank of Central Florida.

She is president of Harris & Wright, P.A. a public accounting firm in Lakeland. As a Certified Public Accountant, Harris and her firm have provided tax and accounting services to both individuals and corporations, as well as trustee services to their clients for the past 23 years.

Harris – a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force- is a 23-year Lakeland Rotary Club member, including a four-year post as their treasurer. She also is the current chair of the First United Methodist Finance Committee.

June 6, 2016

Effective immediately, David Houston will assume the role of Senior Vice President / Commercial Lender for Bank of Central Florida.

Houston, who began his banking career in 1979, served as Chief Credit Officer and Director for Community Southern Bank handling commercial loans and business development as well as credit underwriting and loan servicing. He is a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Houston currently serves as a board member and Treasurer for Alliance for Independence. A graduate of Leadership Lakeland VIII, he also serves on the Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association Board.

March 14, 2016

Scott Gardner has been named VP/Commercial Lending.

Scott joined Bank of Central Florida in 2011, and supported the Commercial Lending and Credit Administration teams since that time.  Mr. Gardner’s banking career began at World Omni Financial Corporation in Fort Lauderdale in 1993, and continued with First Union in Charlotte, NC in 1996.  He returned to his hometown of Lakeland in 2003 as a commercial banker with SunTrust, and later with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.

He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class 24, past-president of Explorations V Children’s Museum, and past-president of Kiwanis Club of Lakeland.  He currently serves as a board member of Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.  Mr. Gardner graduated from the University of Florida with a double major in Finance and Marketing.