Gateway Bank recently awarded 2013 President’s Volunteer Service “Gold” Award
Award is a Prestigious National Honor for Volunteer Service
March 25, 2014 – (Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida) – Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, announced today that the bank was recently awarded the prestigious 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for its contributions in the community. In addition, nine Gateway Bank employees received individual service recognition, including all three of Gateway’s Banking Center Managers.
Established in 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award was created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to encourage more people to serve their communities. The Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service. Award eligibility is based on hour requirements varying by age. A record of annual volunteer service hours is submitted, and the number of hours logged determines the award level (gold, silver or bronze). Award recipients receive: 1) an official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin; 2) a personalized certificate of achievement; and 3) a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.
“All 41 of our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talent to support local nonprofit and educational organizations,” says Merriman. “ I am proud to highlight the positive impact we are making in the communities we serve.” Gateway Bank employees collectively contributed 2,008 hours of volunteer service in 2013, thus earning a “Gold” group award.
In addition, nine Gateway Bank employees earned individual awards. Michael Feduccia, Gateway Vice President and Financial Advisor, earned a silver award for 233 hours of community service in 2013. “I am privileged to work in a country and for a company that appreciates people who help others,” says Feduccia, president of Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome). “I’ve always been a dreamer and believe one person can change the world for the better.”
Jamie Jones, Gateway Assistant Vice President and Credit Analyst / Portfolio Manager, also achieve bronze recognition with 100 service hours. Jones serves as President of Sarasota’s local RMA (Risk Management Association) chapter, and she also volunteers with Suncoast Community Capital’s “Build-A-Business” program. “I obtain great satisfaction knowing that I have helped out either an individual or group of individuals within the community,” exclaims Jones. “Putting a smile on their faces gives me a sense of accomplishment!”
Susie Kruse, Gateway Vice President and Banking Center Manager, logged 147 hours and earned the bronze award. An avid volunteer, Kruse serves as board member / treasurer for Anna Maria Island Kiwanis. Kruse explains, “The volunteer work that I enjoy most is time given to benefit children.” She has recently become involved with the activity and fundraising committee for Women’s Council of Realtors – Manatee Chapter, as well as the program committee for Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.
Patti Prince, Gateway Officer and Assistant Banking Center Manager, was awarded bronze recognition with 125 service hours. Prince is Troop Leader of Girl Scout Troop #37 in Bradenton. She has served in this roll the past 13 years. “It has been an amazing experience watching these girls grow up and mature into responsible young ladies,” said Prince. “I have led this troop since the girls were in kindergarten, and now they are graduating high school!” Prince is planning to chaperone the Troop on a trip to Europe this summer.
“I enjoy the opportunity to help other organizations in need,” said Cherie Mooney, Gateway Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director, who logged 102 hours for the bronze award. Mooney serves as board member and Treasurer of the local chapter of SHRA (Society for Human Resources). Mooney is also the employer coordinator for Gateway’s involvement in the United Way Suncoast.
Deborah Vaughan, Gateway Vice President and Banking Center Manager, received the bronze award with 148 service hours. She served as 2013 Gala Chair for Cat Depot, an event that netted over $85,000 for the non-profit organization. Vaughan is again serving as Gala Chair for 2014. “I like volunteering with Cat Depot because of the organization’s passion and dedication to making a difference in our community, said Vaughan. “Animals need help everywhere, and I like volunteering to help give them a voice and a chance to find their ‘fur-ever’ homes.”
Cindy Denison, Gateway Group Vice President and Consumer Banking Manager, logged 120 hours, for the bronze award. “I believe in giving back to the community in which I live and work,” said Denison. She continued, “I have much adoration for the various agencies that provide assistance to our families in need. It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that I am a part of it.” Denison is a long-time volunteer for Just for Girls, Inc. Foundation, and currently serves on their board as Secretary. She is also a board member for the United Way of Manatee County.
“We are extremely lucky to live and work in a community with such a philanthropic focus,” said Dennis Murphy, Gateway Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer, who logged 120 hours and earned the bronze award. He continued, “I feel that giving back enhances the quality of life in our area, and I am happy to be in a position to do so.” Murphy serves as board member / treasurer for First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee. In addition, he is on the Sarasota Tomorrow Oversight Council as well as the Finance committee for Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
Merriman was also recognized on an individual level, earning a silver award for 268 service hours in 2013. Merriman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. In addition, he is trustee board member of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child – Sarasota County schools, and board member of the Van Wezel Foundation. Merriman was recently named winner of the prestigious 2013 Chair’s Cup Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The award is in recognition of one outstanding Chamber member who has gone “above and beyond” the call of duty in their contributions of service to the community. “While community involvement helps to create and foster business relationships, I personally choose to become involved in causes that are near and dear to my heart, and where my business knowledge can be most impactful,” says Merriman. He added, “I am proud that Gateway Bank is aligned with this prestigious award. Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering.” Gateway Bank as an organization has received the Gold award for the past five years.
For more information about how to qualify for the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD and to find out how to identify volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.
About Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida: Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida is an independent community bank serving business and consumer banking clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties. BauerFinancial (www.bauerfinancial.com) awarded Gateway Bank a 5-Star rating indicating the bank is well capitalized, exceeds regulatory compliance standards, and demonstrates high quality asset management.
Gateway Bank operates three full service banking locations. The main office is located at 1100 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The University Parkway banking center is located at 6204 North Lockwood Ridge Road, and the Manatee Avenue Banking Center is located on the northwest corner of 21st Street West and Manatee Avenue West.
The employees of Gateway Bank are dedicated to giving back to the community through volunteerism and monetary donations. In 2013, employees (41 in total) logged over 2,000 volunteer hours, and raised $27,700 for local charitable causes.
The shareholders and directors of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida are primarily residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Board of Directors includes: Charles J. Bartlett – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PA; Dr. Gary K. Bockhold – Center for Sight; David J. Grain – Grain Management; David K. Maholias – Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida, Inc.; Shaun P. Merriman – Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida; Gavin W. Meshad – JWM Management, Inc.; Katherine K. Moulton – Resort Management Consultants; Wayne M. Ruben – WMR Consulting, LLC; and David E. Sessions, Willis A. Smith Construction Inc.
Further information regarding Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida may be obtained by contacting Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO at 941-306-0105.