October 14, 2014 – (Sarasota, Florida) – Shaun P. Merriman, President and CEO of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, announced today that Cherie Mooney has achieved Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) professional designation. Mooney serves as Gateway’s Senior Vice President and Human Resources and Marketing Director.
The CEBS designation has been the most highly respected credential in the benefits industry for over three decades, and only 13,000 individuals have earned the designation to date. The program’s academic mission is to educate human resource professionals in the administration of health & welfare plans, retirement plans, and compensation programs and also to give professionals a solid understanding of core concepts in finance, economics, and financial planning. Completion of eight courses is required to receive the CEBS professional designation.
Mooney has 28 years of Human Resources experience, with the last 18 in the banking industry. She joined Gateway Bank in June, 2007, and provides Human Resources direction for all three markets of Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida, Inc., although her office is located in Sarasota. Mooney is a graduate of University of South Florida, with a master’s degree in Business Administration. She has obtained Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification, and is a board member of the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Management Association.
“I am so proud of Cherie’s assertiveness to pursue her CEBS designation,” said Merriman. He continued, “Her knowledge, wisdom and experience in the Human Resources profession are an invaluable asset to all three Gateway markets.”
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.