Cadence Bank is one of the Executive Chef Sponsors of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast annual Chef’s Cooking for Kids fundraiser. The event on June 7th from 6 to 9pm at IMG Golf and Country Club features music by The Billy Rice Band, delicious culinary samplings from 18 local Chefs and restaurants around Manatee and Sarasota County. Not to mention great silent and live auction items. All proceeds will go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast one-to-one mentoring programs.
We reached out to Cadence Bank to find out a little bit about them and why they are a part of the Chef’s Cooking for Kids event. We had the opportunity to ask Fermin Miranda (JJ) of Cadence Bank, the SVP Business Banker in their Bradenton Branch a few questions.
Tell us a little bit about your company.
Cadence Bank is an $11.0 billion regional bank with 65 locations in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas as of March 31, 2018. Backed by 131 years of financial expertise, Cadence provides corporations, middle-market companies, small businesses and consumers with a full range of innovative banking and financial solutions. Our services and products include commercial and business banking, treasury management, specialized lending, commercial real estate, foreign exchange, wealth management, investment and trust services, financial planning, retirement plan management, business and personal insurance, consumer banking, consumer loans, mortgages, home equity lines and loans, and credit cards. Our team of 1,200 associates is committed to exceeding customer expectations every day, in every way, and helping our clients succeed financially.
Tells us why you are a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Chef’s Cooking for Kids event and how many years have you been involved with the event?
I have been involved over 10 years. I have served as Corporate Board Chair, Manatee County Chair, and Chair of the National Hispanic Advisory Council. This event celebrates local chef’s and in doing so it also benefits a great organization.
Why do you believe it is important, as a Bank, to be involved with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast?
At Cadence, we believe it’s our responsibility to contribute to the betterment of the communities we serve. We have a shared interest in improving local prosperity, and the economic self-sufficiency, education, health and well-being of our community members.
Did you have or do you have a mentor that has helped you in life?
I was lucky as my mentor was my grandfather. With only a 6th grade education he had to go to work to help his mom and siblings. He worked at the same company for over 50 years and left as chief engineer of one of Puerto Rico’s largest rum making distillery. He showed me the value of overcoming obstacles and working hard.
Please give us your website address so people will be able to go to your website to learn about all of your services.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your company or about the event?
At Cadence, we believe in delivering what we say we will, when we say we will. We believe that listening is at the heart of good service. We believe that we will reach our vision by living up to our promises, and by living up to our responsibility of delivering products and services of real value to the market. We are a motivated ally, informed and responsive, and willing to lead and be accountable. Every day, our team seeks to build long-lasting relationships that will enable our customers and the communities we serve to prosper.
Sponsors include Cadence Bank, Enterprise Rental Cars, Bon Eau Enterprises, PRISMHR, Wagner Realty, Bradenton Kiwanis, Premier Community Bank, Ian Black Real Estate, Johns Eastern, Publix Super Market Charities, Flagship Fire, Jennette Properties, Enclave and media sponsor The Sarasota Post. Bob Slicker of the Swordfish Grill & Tiki is the auctioneer for this great event.
For more information about tickets and Sponsorship information contact Christina Witt at (941) 746-7000, Community Resource Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast . All proceeds from this event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast – Manatee County. www.bbbssun.org
The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As an organization, it holds itself accountable for each child in its programs achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, improved relationships, educational achievement and avoidance of risky behaviors.
Come join us and help change the life of a child for the better, forever.
Photos courtesy of BBBS of the Suncoast and Cadence Bank website.