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President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
First Nations Bank and Bank of Bourbonnais
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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 celebrated his 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. Florian 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. His grassroots philosophy has served Barbi well throughout his career and to help his bank thrive. Barbi 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. Barbi 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). Florian Barbi and his wife, Dora, live in Deerfield.
Florian Barbi First Nations Bank, Chicago
Receiving this year's awards were Donald Smiley, President & CEO of Summerfest, Milwaukee (Business Administration); Florian Barbi, President & CEO, First Nations Bank (Business Administration); Rev. David Simonetti, St. James Parish (Community Leadership); Mary Kay Entsminger, Asst. Supt.
The judges included notables and special guests: Pat Michalski of the Governor's Office of Ethnic Affairs; choreographer Marilyn Cusimano Fredericks; Frank Binetti, vice president of LaSalle Bank Home Mortage Department; Florian Barbi, chairman of the First National Bank of Wheaton; bandleader and singer Paul Ciminello; and Dora Barbi, Florian's wife.
Florian J. Barbi, First Nations Bank, Chicago