First1Bank has opened an Immokalee branch

May 29 was the day for the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the First1Bank of Immokalee. The banks current President, Cary Soud said it took 94 years to get a full service bank in Immokalee.The new bank is located at 316 North 15th Street in Immokalee.

The newly designed bank compliments the community of Immokalee beautifully. The bank and its full services are managed by Bernardo Barnhart, Vice President-Area Manager.

Barnhart is a native of Immokalee. He attended the area schools and went on to further his education and graduated from Florida State.

Barnardo is very visable in the community of Immokalee. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Immokalee, the local Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, a member of the MSTU (Lighting & Beautification Committee) and is an announcer at IHS football games.

Bernardo is definitely a role model for any young resident who is trying to make a difference in their community with furthering their education and coming back to Immokalee.

Bernardo is married to Michelle, a teacher with the Collier County School District, and they have three children.

The community of Immokalee and The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce welcome First One Bank with all of its full banking services.

At the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony two local community businesses surprised Barnhart with his unique flavors of ice cream in his mobile wagon for the community to taste from Ralph Hester of the Immokalee Raceway and Buddy Fuller who prepared his delicious Pulled Pork Sandwiches for all the attendees.

Fred is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and he can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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