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Florida Parishes Bank’s Seventh Annual John L. McGee Scholarship Recipients


Jack Donham, Bailey Barringer, Savannah Laborde, Grace Amar, and Fritz Anderson, FPB Chairman of the Board.

Florida Parishes Bank Officially Opens New Mandeville Branch


Cutline: Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere cuts the ribbon to officially open the new FPB Mandeville branch. From left: Universal Banker Courtney Ducre, FPB Financial President David Anderson, FPB Board member Vince Roubique, FPB President and CEO Ronnie Fugarino, FPB Executive Vice President and COO Joe Omner, Mayor Villere, FPB Chairman of the Board Fritz Anderson II, Executive Vice President Denise Jackson, Executive Vice President Leigh Harrison, Universal Banker Meghan Levine and Universal Banker Francine Ferrara.

Florida Parishes Bank officially opened their new Mandeville Branch with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere congratulated the bank and welcomed FPB to the Mandeville Community.  “We see a very bright future in Mandeville and St. Tammany Parish,” said FPB President and Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Fugarino. “Our Covington Branch has consistently grown since we opened two years ago and we predict the same for this branch.”  Florida Parishes Bank has a 95 year banking tradition first opening in 1922.  “Outstanding customer service has always been a tradition at Florida Parishes Bank,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office Joe Omner. “Without a doubt, we will continue to offer personal customer service, the latest in loan and deposit products and hometown banking where we know you and you know us.”   In addition to the Covington and Mandeville Branches, FPB has two locations in Hammond and one in Amite and Ponchatoula.

 

FPB Sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

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Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce

Ponchatoula Event

Florida Parishes Bank is proud to support civic organizations in our community. Here is the FPB table that was part of FPB's sponsorship at the Annual Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce's Installation Banquet. We are also proud to announce Brian Steib was installed as a Chamber Board Member.

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Five Local University Students Receive The John L. McGee Memorial Scholarship

John L. McGee Scholarship Recipients

As Florida Parishes Bank continues its commitment to providing scholarships to local university students, Florida Parishes Bank Chairman of the Board Fritz W. Anderson II announced the five recipients of this year's John L. McGee Memorial Scholarship.

This year's recipients are Jeremy Troulliet, Ciara Kraft, Abby Earles, Brylon Crier, and Ashley DePaula. "Once again we are pleased to present a $750 scholarship to these university students in memory of John L. McGee," said Anderson. "They have proven themselves to be very good students who are excelling in and out of the classroom."

Mrs. Evelyn McGee and Mrs. Jean McGee Miller were also present for the award presentation honoring Mrs. McGee's husband and Mrs. Miller's father.

Jeremy Troulliet is a 2009 graduate of Ponchatoula High School. He attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is an Accounting Major. His parents are Sean and Floyd Troulliet.

Ciara Kraft is a 2011 Ponchatoula High School Graduate. She is a sophomore at Louisiana State University and is majoring in Allied Health – Dental Hygiene. Her parents are Karen and David Kraft.

Abby Earles is a 2012 graduate and valedictorian of Ponchatoula High School. She is a Biological Science major at Louisiana State University, and she obtained 16 hours from Southeastern Louisiana University while a senior at Ponchatoula High School. Her goal is to become a dentist.

Brylon Crier is a graduate of Hammond High School and is a senior Finance Major at Louisiana State University. His parents are Bryce Crier and Charlotte Seymour.

Ashley DePaula is a senior at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She has a 4.0 grade point average and she has been accepted to the ULM College of Pharmacy for the fall of 2013. Ashley is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School and her parents are Charles and Karen DePaula.

Anderson said the late John L. McGee was a firm believer in helping the young people in our community with their educational pursuits.

Mr. John L. McGee served as President of Florida Parishes Bank from 1961 to 1997. Following his retirement as president of the bank, Mr. McGee continued to serve on the bank's board of directors until his death in 2001 at age eighty-two.

A native of Hammond, Mr. McGee was a graduate of Hammond High School, Tulane University and the Tulane University School of Law.

He served his country during World War II as an active member of the U.S. Navy.

Following his service, Mr. McGee was an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chief of the Enforcement Division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Mr. McGee received many honors during his life. In 1994, he was recognized by the Louisiana State Bar Association as upholding the highest standard of the legal profession on his 50th Anniversary as a member of the legal profession.

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Florida Parishes Bank Named Top 200 Community Banks in Country

Florida Parishes Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Fugarino has announced that Florida Parishes Bank has been ranked as one of the Top 200 community banks in the United States.

"We are extremely proud to be included in this prestigious list," said Fugarino. "This honor is a result of our bank's commitment to exceptional personal service while remaining one of the strongest and most secure financial institutions in the state."

There are approximately 6,000 community banks in the nation and the award was presented to Florida Parishes Bank by US Banker.

US Banker gathers peer review ratings, customer reviews, and results of industry analyses, to uncover the best banks in North America.

In addition to being named a Top 200 Bank, Florida Parishes Bank continues to maintain their 5 Superior Star Rating from Bauer Financial for Strength and Security.

Florida Parishes Bank has been serving the community since 1922 and has two full service locations in Hammond and a full service branch in Ponchatoula.

The bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender.

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Our Ponchatoula Branch has been Flocked for Relay for Life!

Flocked for Relay for Life

Our Ponchatoula Branch has been flocked!!! Please join FPB in supporting Relay for Life. Their work touches the lives of many in our community.

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Louisiana Bankers Association Awards Two Scholarships to FPB Family

Louisiana Bankers Association Scholarship RecipientsMore Louisiana Bankers Association Scholarship Recipients

Florida Parishes Bank President Ronnie Fugarino announced the Louisiana Bankers Association has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Amber Beauchamp and Jacob Steib. Amber is the daughter of FPB's Customer Service Supervisor Donna Drago, and Jacob is the son of FPB's Ponchatoula Branch Manager Brian Steib.

"We are pleased to have two of our employees' children receive these scholarships," said Fugarino. "Both of these students are exceptional students and they are both deserving of this award."

Jacob Steib is a senior at Ponchatoula High School. He will graduate with 3.84 GPA and he has been an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the Key Club, the Track Team and the Cross Country Team. He is planning on attending Southeastern Louisiana University.

Amber Beauchamp is a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. She has a 3.8 GPA and will be attending Louisiana State University in the fall. While at STA, she was an active member of the Key Club, the Beta Club and the National Honor Society.

Kelly Dixon, secretary of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council presented the awards to the students.

Dixon said the Louisiana Bankers Education Council awards 25 $1,000 college scholarships to incoming college freshmen who have at least one parent employed with a bank or if the student is employed with a bank in Louisiana. The students must enroll in an accredited Louisiana college or university with a declared major in a banking related field.

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Junior Bankers at Florida Parishes Bank

Teller Junior Banker Junior Bankers Group
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Florida Parishes Bank welcomed twelve Junior Bankers as part of the National Take Your Children to Work Day on April 28. Our Junior Bankers assisted in the Drive-Thru as well as the Teller Windows. Additionally, each Junior Banker applied for a loan, went through the approval process and finally met with FPB President Ronnie Fugarino to review their application.

The Junior Bankers also had "hands-on" experience with the Coin Sorter, Coin Wrapper and Currency Counter. They ended their day on the job learning about Safe Deposit Boxes, Debit Card Instant Issues, and Security Camera Technology.

"This was a good day at the bank," said Ronnie Fugarino. "We had a good time, our customers seemed to enjoy it and most importantly, I think our Junior Bankers learned about the banking industry."

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Florida Parishes Bank hosts Continuing Education course for local Realtors

Local Realtors

Florida Parishes Bank played host to Clean Title LLC and Northshore real estate agents in a continuing education program. Walt Tate, attorney and owner of Clean Title conducted a course on short sales. The course introduced agents to short sales and how to negotiate a short sale to the benefit of their clients.

This is the first in a series of continuing education courses offered to local real estate agents to help prepare them for the constantly changing real estate environment of today.

Those in attendance included: Angela Fenasci, Lucious Jackson Jr., Kathy Eaves, Johnnie Alfonso, Lecia White, Sue Karmeisool, Marie Celeste Schindler, Sybil Stewart, Mike Miller, Brandi Evans, Linda Mary Boe.

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Florida Parishes Bank Establishes The John L. McGee Scholarship Fund

John L. McGee

Florida Parishes Bank Chairman of the Board Fritz W. Anderson II announced that the bank will establish a college scholarship fund to help local students continue their studies.

"We are extremely excited and proud to establish the John L. McGee Scholarship Fund," said Anderson. "For many years Mr. Johnny McGee, former president and director of the bank, helped families in the area with their new home purchases. Now it is quite rewarding to honor his memory with this scholarship fund."

Anderson said the bank will award four $500 scholarships each year for Tangipahoa Parish students attending select Louisiana universities. Included in this rotation are Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana State University, Southern, and Tulane. To be eligible for selection, students must:

  • Currently attend SLU, LSU, Southern, or Tulane
  • Present documentation that student has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above for the last two consecutive semesters (minimum of 24 hours of academic credit)
  • Submit a 150 word essay (typed/printed) whereby student indicates his or her accomplishments, goals, and reasons why the grant should be made to him or her

"Johnny always had an interest in seeing our young people succeed," said Mrs. Evelyn McGee. "I'm so happy that Florida Parishes Bank will continue his good work in this way."

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