American Bankers Association honors Florida Gulf Bank with Community Leadership Award


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2012) — The American Bankers Association has recognized Florida Gulf Bank for outstanding leadership by honoring them with an ABA Community Bank Award. The 2012 awards will be presented at ABA's National Conference in Palm Desert, Calif. on Feb. 22. Vice president and commercial lender Bill Turner will accept the award on Florida Gulf Bank’s behalf.

Florida Gulf Bank was selected from a large number of nominations nationwide for “Encouraging Volunteerism” among their staff. The ABA Community Bank Awards honor institutions that have taken an innovative, creative and effective approach to make a difference in their communities. The award is given to the institution and its entire team, rather than an individual, for the collective positive impact they have had on the community.

“We are extremely proud of our staff in all eight of our banking offices,” said Bill Valenti, president and CEO. “They have embraced our mission of community involvement by giving time and energy to a multitude of charities and service organizations. They do this in a very giving way without expecting recognition – that makes this award even more meaningful.”

Florida Gulf Bank, established in 2001, is a full-service community bank with eight banking offices in Lee County, FL. Learn more at

The American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation's $13 trillion banking industry and its two million employees. The majority of ABA's members are banks with less than $165 million in assets. Learn more at