Area Agency on Aging of Broward County

May 26, 2023

Honors 2023 Senior Hall of Fame Inductees

American National Bank was pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County’s 39th annual “Dr. Nan S. Hutchinson Broward Senior Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 25 at the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation. The 2023 Hall of Fame Class included nine new members.

The Area Agency on Aging of Broward County (AAABC) is a nonprofit organization serving Broward County’s senior residents, age 60 or older, since 1974. They offer a broad array or programs which help improve the quality of life for all seniors living in Broward County, including meals and food assistance, health and wellness classes, transportation services, Medicare counseling, home assistance, daycare and senior centers, caregiver support and veteran directed care, among other services.

AAABC is the prime advocate for Broward County seniors so they can live life to their fullest potential.

The Broward Senior Hall of Fame is composed of seniors, 60 years of age and older, who have performed outstanding volunteer work in Broward County for 5 or more years. Nominated by residents, they are selected by a special committee. The inductees’ names will be placed on the Senior Hall of Fame plaque displayed in the Broward County Governmental Center.

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Welcome Patti Birkhimer

May 25, 2023

American National Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Patti Birkhimer as Vice President – Loan Operations. She will be responsible for managing the Bank’s Loan Operations Department.

Patti brings with her 45 years of banking experience, including 40 years in loan operations. She began her career in Chicago before moving to Florida to join Florida Coast Bank, where she spent seven years before moving to Jefferson Bank for nine years. She then managed loan operations at First Southern Bank for 18 years until their acquisition, after which she joined Regent Bank to manage their loan ops team for four years until their sale. Patti then joined Legacy Bank for five years until they were acquired.  She then helped open the new Gulf Coast Business Bank in Fort Myers in 2022 before returning to Broward County to join the ANB team.

American National Bank is currently the oldest and largest community bank headquartered in Broward County – celebrating 37 years of building relationships, serving clients, and giving back to the community. The Bank is a 5-Star Rated Bank by Bauer Financial and was rated one of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America with an A+ Rating by LendingTree. Led by President and CEO Ginger Martin, the Bank was named one of the “Top Women-Led Businesses” in the state of Florida for the ninth consecutive year in 2023 by The Women’s Edge, and South Florida Business Journal ranked the Bank #1 among banks in South Florida that participated in PPP lending. It has previously received numerous awards for its financial performance and community involvement as well, such as the Banky Award from The Institute for Extraordinary Banking for four consecutive years, Business of the Year Award from South Florida Business Journal, and Small Business of the Year from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Ginger Martin named a 2023 Woman of Distinction by Good News Florida

May 15, 2023

Ginger Martin, President and CEO of American National Bank, has been named by Good News Florida as a 2023 Women of Distinction. Ms. Martin was honored along with Kim Boland, Administrative Coordinator of Cross Community Church; Laura Bishop, Executive Vice President of Advancement at Palm Beach Atlantic University; and, Mary Drabik, President of South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary. The four remarkable women were featured in the May 2023 issue of the Good News Florida magazine.

Published in conjunction with Mother’s Day, this is the magazine’s third annual feature honoring women who are leaders in the faith community.

Good News Florida is the largest Christian newspaper in America, reaching over 110,000 readers per month – 80,000 through print issues and over 30,000 vis their digital newspaper. Their mission is to reach their community with a relevant message of hope & truth, and they exist to support charitable nonprofits in the Christian community and to promote businesses that support those efforts.

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May 10, 2023

American National Bank participated in United Way of Broward County’s REAL MEN READ on April 28. SVP-Loan Officer Perry Alexander volunteered his time to be a mentor by reading to children at North Side Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, one of United Way’s Reading Pal’s Schools.

In Broward County, Real Men Read mentors are invited by United Way of Broward County to visit targeted schools to share their own love of reading, read books to students in grades PK-5, and help distribute books. As mentors read to children, students excitedly interact with the reader by sharing questions, making predictions for what will happen next in the story, and making connections to help bring the book to life. At the end of the story, before goodbyes, mentors pass out books to the children so they can take their new book home to read over and over again with their families and friends.