Financing of Mai-Kai Re-launch Complete

October 1, 2021

American National Bank is very pleased to have provided the financing to help bring one of Broward County’s oldest and most iconic venues back to life: the Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show!

The Mai-Kai first opened for business on a deserted stretch of Federal Highway in 1956. It was the vision and passion project of brothers Bob and Jack Thornton, who fell in love with the Tiki culture that swept the nation after World War II. During its 65-year history, the Mai-Kai has delivered a genuine Tiki experience, including regularly being honored for the authenticity of its drink menu and its Polynesian show, the longest running one of its kind in the country.

We, along with many fans of the Mai-Kai, were sad when the venue closed in 2020. As a result of the search launched by TransWorld Partners, the Thornton family connected with Bill Fuller and Martin Pinilla of Barlington Group and Mr. Fuller’s other company, Mad Room Hospitality. With Barlington’s expertise in restructuring real estate assets and Mad Room’s successful track record in combining 21st century food and beverage expertise with historic venue preservation, the Bank was proud to provide financing for this exciting re-launch of a true landmark destination.

Work is already ongoing to restore the Mai-Kai, with plans to open the beloved Molokai Bar in early 2022, followed by a full grand re-opening later in the year. Mireille Thornton will remain the choreographer and costume designer for the show, a role she’s held since 1963.


September 24, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the banking sector worked hand in hand with commercial and personal banking clients, guiding them through the ongoing challenges. For community banks like American National Bank, the ability to be quick and nimble was an asset since the onset of the pandemic. The face-to-face component of banking and relationship building will never fully be replaced by video conferences, President and CEO Ginger Martin told Invest:Insights. As such, a strong retail branch footprint remains crucial for the success of the bank’s clients, she said.


American National Bank is the lead sponsor for Slow Burn Theatre Co.

September 2, 2021
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August 10, 2021

American National Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Mark Mattozzi as Senior Vice President – Commercial Lender.  Mark specializes in commercial real estate, construction and business loans and has deep relationships in the south Florida market. He brings over 25 years of experience with him – all in South Florida – including nine years at Popular Bank as well as tenures at Regions, Mellon and Legacy Banks.  He also previously started loan production offices in Florida for two different banks.

American National Bank is currently the oldest and largest community bank headquartered in Broward County – celebrating 35 years of building relationships, serving clients, and giving back to the community. The Bank is a 5- Star Rated Bank by Bauer Financial and achieved record growth last year. It has received numerous awards for its financial performance and community involvement and South Florida Business Journal ranked the Bank #1 among banks in South Florida that participated in PPP lending in 2020.


American National Bank Ranked in Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America, Receives A+ Rating

August 4, 2021

DepositAccounts.com, a subsidiary of LendingTree, has released its list of the 2021 Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America and rewarded American National Bank with an A+ rating; the highest health grade given out by DepositAccounts. Financial institutions were graded on a scale from F (worst) to A+ (healthiest) using 12/31/2020 data.  American National Bank was ranked #77 out of the 4,137 US banks analyzed, which was the second highest rated bank in Florida and #1 in South Florida.

It is such an honor to have our Bank recognized among the top 200 healthiest banks in America,” said Ginger Martin, President and CEO. “This shows our commitment to excellence.”

DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally-insured bank and credit union in the United States once per quarter. To determine bank ranking and recognition, DepositAccounts.com grades each institution on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan-to-reserve ratios.

“We believe it is important to give consumers a way to evaluate the financial health of their institutions,” said Ken Tumin, founder of DepositAccounts.com. “Our list empowers consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a financial institution.”

For a complete listing of the 2021 Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America, visit https://www.depositaccounts.com/banks/health.aspx.

About DepositAccounts.com
DepositAccounts.com is the largest and most comprehensive online publication in the U.S. dedicated to banking and deposits product information for consumers. It covers every federally insured bank and credit union and utilizes its patented technology to track approximately 275,000 consumer deposit rates, each updated nightly. The site features more than 11,000 editorial articles detailing depository strategies and highlighting current bank rates and offers. It is also home to one of the largest communities of depositors on the Web, hosting more than 100,000 comments, customer reviews, and forum threads.

About American National Bank
American National Bank is currently the oldest and largest community bank headquartered in Broward County – celebrating 35 years of building relationships, serving clients, and giving back to the community.  In addition to its A+ rating from DepositAccounts.com, the Bank is also a 5-Star Rated Bank by Bauer Financial, and has received numerous awards for its financial performance and community involvement. South Florida Business Journal ranked the Bank #1 among banks in South Florida that participated in PPP lending in 2020, a year in which it achieved record growth.


The Good News Newspaper Cover Story

July 20, 2021

Lifework Leadership Enters Its 15th Year Transforming Leaders Who Transform Cities

The vision of Lifework Leadership is simple. Develop Christian business leaders with a clear understanding of their calling, connect them through dynamic relationships with other Christian influencers and captivate them with a desire to utilize their God-given influence for the good of the city. After 15 years applying this model in South Florida, Lifework Leadership has impacted the corporate culture of area businesses, filled the board rooms of local charities and resulted in an uncommon spirit of generosity and service in the region.

Ginger Martin, chief executive officer of American National Bank, exclaims, “Climb higher!  That’s my motto. I want to climb higher and I want to take other people with me. That’s why I am involved in Lifework Leadership as an alum, as a coach and as a sponsor because I think Lifework is doing that,” explained Ginger Martin.

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June 15, 2021

American National Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Bob Powell as Senior Vice President – Commercial Lender. Bob brings a wealth of experience to the Bank, spending the past six years as a Commercial Middle Market Lender at Fifth Third Bank after a three-year stint with TD Bank as a Regional Vice President. Prior to moving to Florida in 2011, Bob was the President of Citizens Community Bank in Chicago from 2004-2011, as well as President and CEO of Citizens Bank, Illinois, N.A., a subsidiary of Citizens Bank, N.A., from 2000-2004.

American National Bank is currently the oldest and largest community bank headquartered in Broward County – celebrating 35 years of building relationships, serving clients, and giving back to the community. The Bank is a 5- Star Rated Bank by Bauer Financial and achieved record growth last year. It has received numerous awards for its financial performance and community involvement and South Florida Business Journal ranked the Bank #1 among banks in South Florida that participated in PPP lending in 2020.


Pamela Dalton graduates from Leadership Broward

June 8, 2021

American National Bank is very proud to announce its Vice President-Branch Manager Pamela Dalton has graduated from Leadership Broward Class XXXVIII.  Additionally, her team (pictured) achieved the Class Choice Award for their group community project, awarding a $500 donation to Trustbridge Hospice Foundation.

Congratulations, Pamela!


June 4, 2021

2021 Top Women-Led Business in FL

May 27, 2021

American National Bank is pleased to have been named one of the Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida in 2021 by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions.  Led by President and CEO Ginger Martin, American National Bank earned the award for the seventh consecutive year after achieving record growth last year.  The Bank is currently the oldest and largest community bank headquartered in Broward County – celebrating 35 years of building relationships, serving clients, and giving back to the community.  Ginger Martin has been with the Bank 24 of those years.

Under her leadership, the bank has received numerous awards for its financial performance and community involvement, such as the 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016 Banky Award from The Institute for Extraordinary Banking, Business of the Year Award from South Florida Business Journal, and Small Business of the Year from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  The South Florida Business Journal ranked the Bank #1 among banks in South Florida that participated in PPP lending in 2020.

In addition, Ms. Martin has been personally honored for her business leadership with awards such as 2021 Top 250 Power Leaders in South Florida by South Florida Business Journal, 2020 Pillar of the Community by Broward College, 2020 Power Leaders in Banking by South Florida Business Journal, 2018 Ultimate CEO by South Florida Business Journal, 2015 Laureate by Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Profiles in Leadership Honoree by Leadership Broward, and Influential Business Women by South Florida Business Journal.

Ms. Martin currently serves on the boards of National Christian Foundation of South Florida, Florida Bankers Association (FBA) School of Banking, FBA BancServ, NSU Ambassador’s Board and Broward Workshop.  She has previously served on the boards of the FBA, Leadership Broward Foundation, Extraordinary Women Leading Change, Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale, Taylor’s Closet, and as a former foster parent she served on the board of 4KIDS of South Florida, Inc.

TCI membership includes CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, directors of nonprofits, independent professionals, and the rising generation of leaders who are committed to building successful businesses, organizations, and careers.  They provide a variety of opportunities to help women succeed on a personal and professional level while propelling their organizations forward. TCI and Kaufman Rossin made the announcement at its 16th Annual Top 75 Women-Led Businesses in Florida virtual awards event on May 12, 2021.