Roepstorff’s are named FBA Bankers of the Year
When Geoff and Robbie Roepstorff attended the Florida Bankers Association’s 122nd Annual Meeting in Naples last week, they had no idea they were going to be their guests of honor.
But at the gathering, the Roepstorff’s were left nearly speechless when they learned that they had been named “Bankers of the Year” by the FBA, graciously accepting the award after a standing ovation offered by their colleagues and peers.
“It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award, and especially to be chosen for this title by our peers,” said Robbie. “We share these accolades with our board of directors, staff, customers and community. We attribute all of our accomplishments to the dedication and professionalism of our board of directors and staff members.”
"We didn’t have a clue that they were going to be giving us this award," added Geoff, who stated that the winner was revealed during a video presentation during the conference. "A lot of people did a really good job keeping this a secret."
Each year, the FBA’s Executive Committee selects a Banker of the Year who has given unselfishly of his or her time and effort to improve the Florida banking industry, as well as his or her community. This is the first time FBA has bestowed this award on a couple, rather than an individual.
“We are keenly aware of how community organizations are struggling during these tough economic times,” said Geoff. “We’re so happy this award turned into an opportunity to share the message that it is more important than ever to support our neighbors. We have felt from the beginning that we have a partnership with the community and a community bank should always give back.”
On Monday, the Roepstorff’s brought their award — a Waterford crystal vase — with them to Bank Of The Islands, where it is displayed in the center of the main lobby. Even days after receiving the prestigious honor, the couple explained that the award is not only for them, but for their staff and customers.
"We’re excited about this for everybody who works here, because they are so dedicated to providing excellent service and giving back to this community," said Geoff Roepstorff, an active member of the board of directors for several non-profit charitable organizations such as Southwest Florida Addiction Services and The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).
Robbie Roepstorff, a past director of the FBA, explained how important their mission is — as a business — to support non-profit organizations and community initiatives.
"We’re not just doing banking here," she said. "From day one, we always said that we should be giving back to this islands. In this economy, those groups need us now more than ever."
The couple actively gives back to the community, providing financial support and leadership for a variety of causes including education, children’s welfare, wildlife and coastal habitat preservation, and supporting the arts in Lee County.
Robbie Roepstorff is a business representative for The Sanibel School Advisory Council, director and vice-chair for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and serves on the board of directors for organizations such as the Good Neighbor Community Foundation of Sanibel-Captiva, Lee County Horizon Council Foundation and Lee County Industrial Development Authority.
The couple also noted how special it felt being the first couple to win the Banker of the Year award.
"People say to us all the time, ‘How do you work together?’" added Robbie. "In this business, we just fit together very naturally. We wouldn’t want to do it any other way."