Espirito Santo Bank Gives Back at Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build

Espirito Santo Bank employees kept one of the bank’s favorite traditions alive by participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build at the Habitat Landings Community in South Miami-Dade.  On two separate days, members of the ESB team painted, drilled, sodded, dug, and swept in order to help construct a new home for a family in need.  They also had the opportunity to meet the soon-to-be homeowner, which made the experience that much more rewarding.

In all, Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build saw more than 1,500 volunteers build 10 homes in the Habitat Landings Community.  The organization is clearly a leader when it comes to making South Florida a better place, and the ESB family is proud to help.

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ESB was awarded the Shooting Star Award by the Coral Gables Chamber

We are proud to announce that Espirito Santo Bank won the Shooting Star Award at the Rising Star Awards Signature Soirée – The Coral Gables Chamber Event!

We were recognized for our constant effort to hire, mentor and promote young professionals.  On behalf of Espirito Santo Bank, we proudly accepted the award.

Raul Vidal, Fred Reinhardt, Jessica Franca, Noel Wallin & Mark North

As we look back on the last 40 years, we recognize that the local community has played a major role in our success. Our goal with our employees is not to only employ them, but to offer them a long lasting career. We have several employees that have been with our organization for over 20 years and by providing constant mentors, proper training and the opportunity for growth, we continue to increase that amount each year.

Fun Fact: Back in 2010, we had awarded a young FIU student, working her way to a Masters Degree in accounting, with a scholarship as well as an internship. While completing school, she was working within our accounting department learning the process of recording and reporting accurate information to the Heads of each department as well as to our Board members. She excelled throughout the semester and was then offered a fulltime job upon graduation. She has been with our organization for over 3 years now and has worked her way up to become our Senior Financial Reporting Analyst. Jessica Franca is a great example on how ESB focuses on working with young professionals.

 

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ESB Employee Shares Helpful Banking Information with Students at Citrus Grove Middle School

ESB Employee Diana Suarez recently volunteered to speak at Citrus Grove Middle School for their 2013 career day.  She spoke to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students about banking subjects that will affect them in the coming years, such as checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and even home financing.  Diana also described ESB’s different business lines and presented several bank brochures to the students.Career Day Citrus Grove Middle School 2013 April 30 pic 1

We at ESB value all opportunities to give banking advice to our nation’s youth.  Like eating or exercising, good banking habits start at an early age.  Students who know how to balance a checkbook and who use credit cards responsibly are far more prepared for college and adult life than those who have never received any such instruction. 

We also enjoy talking to students about banking as a career choice.  Banking is a diverse industry, with employment opportunities that match many different skill sets and personalities.  Thanks to professionals like Diana, young people in Miami are learning how they can find a rewarding career at an institution like Espirito Santo Bank.

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ESB Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves for Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Building Event

ESB Team 2ESB employees pride themselves on their commitment to bettering the South Florida community.  That is why the bank sponsored Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Building event, where ten homes are constructed over the course of two weeks.  The goal was a lofty one, but ESB employees pitched in by strapping on their work boots and assisting in the build on February 19th and 22nd.  Those who took part worked tirelESB team photo 1essly and helped provide a home for struggling families in South Florida. 

Habitat for Humanity is nonprofit organization that constructs houses for low-income families around the world.  ESB greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with such a fine organization and strengthen the community in South Florida.

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ESB Sponsors 40th Miami International Regatta

ESB is excited to announce its partnership with the Miami Rowing Club and its upcoming Miami International Regatta.  The event hosts rowers from around the world, spanning many different age groups and skill levels.  The Regatta is primarily known as one of the oldest high school regattas in the country, but Olympians and National team members regularly compete as well.

We at ESB believe rowing shares several important commonalities with the way we do business.  For instance, rowing is an international sport that brings people from different countries together.  Likewise, ESB is an international bank that builds relationships with individuals and businesses in many diverse nations.  And, like rowers, the bank and its clients must work together to move forward and achieve a common goal.

The Miami International Regatta will take place on April 6th at the Miami Rowing Club, which is located on Virginia Key.  The thrilling races and beautiful views of Downtown Miami should make the event one to remember.

Click here to learn more about the Miami International Regatta.

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ESB Battles Homelessness in RunWild 5k

For the second consecutive year, ESB employees took part in the Chapman Partnership’s RunWild 5k.  The Chapman Partnership offers medical treatment, emergency housing, and employment assistance to the homeless community in South Florida. 

The run, which takes place at Zoo Miami, is a favorite among the bank’s runners because of the cause it benefits and the exotic wildlife on display.  The cool weather and uncluttered course made for great racing conditions, as a few ESB employees achieved personal record times.  More importantly, however, was the fact that the Chapman Partnership raised over $125,000 to assist the homeless in South Florida. 

ESB’s involvement with the RunWild 5k is quickly becoming an annual tradition.  We hope to keep lowering our times and contributing in any way we can to the Chapman Partnership’s mission.

Click here to learn more about the Chapman Partnership and the work they do in Miami-Dade County.

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ESB Promotes High School Artists with ‘The Future of Art’ Event

On December 4th, 2012, Espirito Santo Bank hosted a cocktail event showcasing artwork from local high schools.  The event, which took place at the Espirito Santo Plaza, featured pieces that covered a variety of media and techniques, including forms of paint, sculpture, and 3D installation. 

 In a week dominated by Art Basel and its scores of professional exhibitions from around the world, Espirito Santo Bank sought to offer guests something new by promoting the work of local Miami high school students.  The bank worked with Westminster Christian School and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart to select pieces from eight artists.  The artists chosen from Westminster Christian School were Rebecca Barrios, Anaelsie Dubocq, and Larissa M. Garcia; Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart was represented by Macki Alvarez-Mena, Alexa Eve Economacos, Gabriella Mas, Isabel Narea, and Cristy Urquidi.  Both school’s cooperation and generosity leading up to and during the event were greatly appreciated.

 While they may not be as well-known as the professionals who participate in Art Basel, it was clear to Espirito Santo Bank and its guests that the young artists featured in the “Future of Art” event possessed an impressive amount of skill, creativity, and craftsmanship.  The bank hopes to make the event an annual tradition so that more local high school students get the opportunity to showcase their artistic talent.

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Espirito Santo Bank earns Bauer Financial Five Star Rating

Espirito Santo Bank is pleased to inform our clients and business partners of the Five Star, “Superior” rating recently awarded to the bank by Bauer Financial.

 Bauer Financial, an independent bank rating company, obtains the quarterly reports all banks and credit unions file with their regulators and analyzes them based upon capital ratios, profitability trends, asset quality, investment portfolio, regulatory and compliance related ratings, Community Reinvestment Act, (CRA) rating, historical data and liquidity, and then assigns a star-rating based on a scale of zero to five stars. Espirito Santo Bank’s management and board of directors is proud of the conscientious and focused effort put forth by the bank’s employees resulting in the five star rating.”

 Thanks,

 Mark North

President

Espirito Santo Bank

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Espirito Santo Bank welcomes Gilberto Gil to Miami

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Espírito Santo Plaza Voted Best Commercial Building in Florida

The Espirito Santo Plaza

Imagine our surprise when we saw a photo of our building, the Espírito Santo Plaza, featured on the front page of the Miami Herald this morning.  Andres Viglucci’s story, “Florida’s Top Buildings”, details how the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architecture created a contest where online visitors could vote on the best buildings in the state.  According to the article, the month-long contest received an astounding 2.4 million votes.  Many of those votes must have gone to the Espírito Santo Plaza, since it placed first in the “commercial building” category.  Other categories featured hotels, civic buildings, historic structures, and public use facilities.

Of course, we know how impressive our building is; after all, we work there every day.  However, we are very proud to see the building get so much public support.  Our thanks go out to all the voters, as well as to the countless individuals who worked tirelessly to make the Espírito Santo Plaza what it is today.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating again: If you are impressed with the exterior of our building, just wait until you meet the men and women inside!

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