By her side will be Honorary Grand Marshals Florian Barbi, Chairman of the Board and President/CEO of First Nations Bank and Bank of Bourbonnais; and Frank Cerrone, Pan American Bank Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Honorary Grand Marshal Florian Barbi
In May of this year, Florian J. Barbi
40th year in Banking.
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of First Nations Bank and Bank of Bourbonnais, Florian has made it his life's work not only to run a successful community bank, but to be one of the best in the business.
First Nations Bank
has been in existence for 36 years and servicing customers from its headquarters in Edison Park since 1997.
enjoys talking with customers and helping them achieve whatever goal it is they've set for themselves.
"I've been blessed because I've known that I wanted to be in banking and lending ever since I was a boy working at my parents' small business," says Barbi
In an industry that continues to be dominated by huge conglomerates, Florian Barbi
continues to exemplify the values of the community bank, an institution that's truly rooted in local life and business.
grassroots philosophy has served Barbi
well throughout his
career and to help his
has always been active in assisting many Italian Americans
, some of them immigrants and first generation customers, in obtaining loans to begin or expand businesses, purchase homes or businesses, or send their children to college.
Barbi has been a council member of Casa Italia and a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America.
He has been involved with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans for over fifteen years and held the title of First Vice President as his last.
was a recipient of the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Humanitarian Award in 2002 for his
civic, social, and humanitarian services.
In 2004, Barbi
was awarded the Maroons Italo American Soccer and Cultural Club Man of the Year Award for his
work in advancing the interest of the Italian American community.
On the business front, Barbi served as the Treasurer of the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce for almost ten years and on the Board of Directors of the IBA (Illinois Bankers Association).
wife, Dora, live in Deerfield.