The Bottom Line
Sunday, December 9, 2012

First State's Briening marks five years

Annie Briening, public relations and communications coordinator for First State Bank of the Florida Keys, recently celebrated her fifth service anniversary with the bank.

Briening handles public relations, writing, graphic design and the coordination of the numerous local community and civic events sponsored by the bank. As the bank's green project manager, Briening also supports the bank's green initiatives and was named employee of the quarter in 2010.

"Annie's professional work ethic and positive attitude make her not only an outstanding team member, but also a wonderful ambassador for our bank," said Angie Walterson, assistant vice president/public relations and communications manager.

Originally from Philadelphia, Briening holds a bachelor's degree in communications from East Stroudsburg University and currently lives in Key West.

Centennial promotes Grady

Centennial Bank recently announced the promotion of Melissa Grady to vice president/market retail leader for Marathon and the Middle Keys.

Grady joined Centennial Bank in January 2009 as an assistant vice president and business development officer following years of lending experience in the Keys.

Known also as, "The lady from the bank," Melissa has made significant contributions to the Stanley Switlik school community, and was recognized for those contributions earlier this year during Gov. Scott's Cabinet meeting held at the school. A member of the Marathon Rotary Club, Melissa sits on the board of the Grace Jones Day Care Foundation and is a member of the Monroe County School District's Audit and Finance Committee. Heron Peacock House recently nominated Grady for the Unsung Hero award for her efforts supporting the organization. Melissa earned a dual degree in journalism and accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

"With her experience, flexibility and drive, and with her unending support of the bank and the community, it is my pleasure to announce this well-deserved promotion," said Teresa Condas, president of Centennial Bank's South Florida region.

Kellogg wins mini iPad

Key West's Duncan Auto Sales recently awarded Carol Kellogg of Big Pine Key a mini iPad. Kellogg was the first winner during the car dealership's holiday giveaway when she purchased a Chrysler 200 convertible.