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CenterState Bank

by Samantha Taylor

Featured Photo from CenterState Bank

As a kid, I grew up playing bank. When my dad would visit his bank, I’d ask him to bring home extra withdrawal and deposit slips. I would set them up on the counter and welcome my pretend bank guests with a smile. I’d inquire as to how their day was, if they needed any help with their (Monopoly) money, and then end each transaction with (of course) a lollipop.

Fast-forward to today, and banking isn’t nearly as fun – at least, it didn’t used to be. My husband and I originally banked with a larger, corporate bank. We always had our eye on switching to a community bank, but the thought of going through the ordeal of the transition was just too much for me to handle. One day, after our checking account had been hacked, I finally hit my limit.

I went in to see Maureen LaRocca, branch manager of CenterState Bank’s Lake Mary location. She walked me through the transition to CenterState with all of our automatic payments and direct deposits. The switch-over was smooth and not nearly as complicated as I had imagined. Maureen and her staff kept me up to date throughout the entire process.

“Although we have grown as Central Florida has grown, we still keep that community feeling in everything we do,” says Geeta Rampartab, branch manager at the Sanford location of CenterState Bank. “Our core values have always been consistent.”
While there are convenient locations in Sanford, Lake Mary, and Longwood, most banking (including deposits) can also be done through the CenterState app or online. ATM fees are waived for CenterState customers at all Publix Presto! machines, too, making cash withdrawals easy.

The bank also prides itself on its loan programs. Currently, CenterState is offering home equity lines of credit for up to $250,000 with no closing costs – something my husband and I took advantage of to pay for solar panels we put on our home. Maureen personally communicated with me throughout our loan process, even coming to our home to sign the loan papers when our schedule got too hectic for a trip to the bank.

“Since our beginning, CenterState has assisted us in financing our business, property, and other assets, such as our trucking fleet,” says Justin Horstmeyer, owner of Horstmeyer Farm & Garden in Sanford. “Due to Geeta and her team’s exceptional service and wide array of offerings, our family uses them for our personal banking needs, as well.

We feel that they are not just our next-door neighbors in Sanford, but also a vital part of our business and family.”
And yes, CenterState Bank has lollipops. Which, in my family, is also a big deal.

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