Amerant Bank Receives Bank Member of Excellence Award at 2023 Sunshine Awards
Organized by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the awards honor companies that have made significant contributions to their community
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2023) – Amerant Bank, the largest community bank headquartered in Florida, is proud to announce that it has been awarded the “Bank Member of Excellence Award” at the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (SFLHCC) 2023 Sunshine Awards.
Amerant Bank was bestowed the Bank Member of Excellence Award in recognition of its unwavering dedication to the communities it serves and its robust focus on promoting diversity and inclusivity.
“We are honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Bank Member of Excellence award at this year’s Sunshine Awards,” said Kristy Amaro, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Amerant Bank. “This outstanding recognition from the SFLHCC is a testament to our commitment to creating an environment of inclusion both within our organization and throughout our community.”
Award winners are chosen by the SFLHCC’s President and CEO, Lily Lopez, in conjunction with the Board, after careful consideration of the submitted candidates.
“In September 2021, Kristy Amaro was appointed by Amerant CEO Jerry Plush as the Bank’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, spearheading the ‘I Belong’ initiative,” said Lopez. “This program served as a comprehensive transfoFINALrmation of the bank’s approach to DE&I, acknowledging, celebrating, and nurturing opportunities for the growth of all team members and the communities the bank serves. Through initiatives such as diverse hiring practices, inclusive policies, community engagement, and organizational outreach, the Bank has been fortifying its internal mission and playing a pivotal role in the lives of its team members.”
In addition to its efforts toward workforce diversity and empowerment, Amerant is committed to promoting economic mobility within its communities. This is demonstrated by its significant contributions, including over $1 billion in loans, charitable donations, financial literacy programs, and even overdraft protection for these communities through 2025.
Furthermore, Amerant Bank’s sustainability endeavors include the provision of free electric vehicle charging stations at its headquarters and various other locations.
Amerant Bank joins a prestigious group of winners recognized for their outstanding commitment to giving back and supporting charitable, social, and philanthropic causes.
About Amerant Bank
Amerant Bank, N.A., is the largest community bank headquartered in Florida and the main subsidiary of Amerant Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: AMTB), with a presence across South Florida and in Tampa, FL, and Houston, TX. The bank has been serving clients for over 40 years and comprises subsidiaries Amerant Investments and Amerant Mortgage. Rooted in the communities it serves, Amerant supports numerous non-profit and community organizations. In 2023, the company was certified as a Most Loved Workplace® by Best Practice Institute. For news and updates, visit the Amerant Newsroom.
About the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded 29 years ago, the SFLHCC is considered one of the top five Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of the United States offering its members different activities in which to network and meet possible business prospects. Through its Small Business Committee, the SFLHCC is able to provide a voice for its small business members.