LAKELAND, Fla. (February 16, 2021)— Bank of Central Florida, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, announced that Lauren Fernandez has been hired as the Tampa Bay Market Executive as of January 1, 2021.
The Bank has launched an aggressive five-year growth initiative, called Vision 2025, to grow the community bank across the I-4 corridor. With offices already established from Orlando to Plant City, expanding into the Tampa Bay market was the next step.
As a community bank, Bank of Central Florida focuses on providing every client relationship with a banker who knows the local market and lives in the community. As a fourth-generation Tampa native, Lauren will lead the Bank in the Tampa Bay area. “Lauren is exactly the kind of banker we are looking for to lead our growth strategy in Tampa Bay Market,” says David Moore, President of Bank of Central Florida. “I’ve worked with her for the past eight years and know how passionate she is about her clients and how dedicated she is to her community. She is the perfect leader to build a team of bankers that will emphasize the Bank’s client-focused culture in Tampa Bay.”
Lauren started her banking career out of college in Tampa. After graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance, she has worked at banks of all sizes, from global institutions to, most recently, a large, local community bank. This diverse background has given her a broad array of banking experience. It has allowed her to follow her passion for helping businesses grow and prosper while enhancing the community in which they operate.
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As Lauren steps into her new role at Bank of Central Florida in the Tampa Bay market, she expresses her own love for community banking. “Community Banks, in my opinion, are the best banking solution for owner-managed businesses due to their flexibility to provide more customized personal service and local decision making.”
About Bank of Central Florida
Founded in 2007, Bank of Central Florida was chartered to serve the financial needs of the local marketplace. The Bank is guided by a local board of directors with vast knowledge of the local business climate and driven by their vision for a financial services institution that is focused on client service. This approach has enabled the bank to bring financial solutions with an entrepreneurial mind set for growth to its clients. Bank of Central Florida is headquartered in South Lakeland, with offices in south Lakeland, downtown Lakeland, Orlando, Winter Haven and Plant City. For more information about Bank of Central Florida, visit www.bankofcentralflorida.com. Member FDIC.