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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Capital Bank promotes Shockley

Capital Bank recently announced that Frances Shockley will serve as branch manager in the Key Largo location at Mile Marker 99.

Shockley will focus on developing her branch's service team, growing the customer base and maintaining Capital Bank's active role in the community while managing all facets of the branch including day to day operations, states a bank press release.

Shockley joined Capital Bank earlier this year as a float branch manager and was promoted to branch manager in late July. In her previous role at Marriott International, she received 12 "Spirit to Serve Awards" over a two-year span.

The award exemplifies the founder's adage, "If you take care of your associates, they will take care of the customer, and the customer will keep coming back." Shockley also remains active in the community through her participation in Relay For Life and other local charitable events.

She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in event management. She currently lives in Islamorada and will be based in the Key Largo branch.

Lebrato joins First State

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently welcomed Arne Lebrato as vice president/controller in the accounting department.

Lebrato brings more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. He is a CPA in Florida and New Jersey, as well as a Florida Real Estate broker. He has a master's degree in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business and a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.

Lebrato's local civic and community involvement includes active participation with Reef Relief, ABATE, Tropic Cinema, and The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Arne's extensive accounting experience join First State Bank," said David Kolhagen, executive vice president/chief financial officer. "We're confident that his prior finance background will be beneficial to our team and to the continuing success of the bank."

Guillory named director of water district

With 26 years of water resource experience in the public and private sectors, Blake C. Guillory began work last week as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

As head of the state's largest water management agency, Guillory will lead the district in carrying out its mission to balance and improve water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply across a region that encompasses 7.7 million people in 16 counties, states a press release from the agency.

The vast service area from Orlando to the Florida Keys includes some of Florida's most treasured natural areas such as the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries and Big Cypress National Preserve.

"Managing water resources for millions of South Floridians and the famed River of Grass requires a rare set of skills and knowledge," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Daniel O'Keefe. "Blake has the right experience and qualifications to get the job done, and we look forward to his leadership."

Guillory is a registered professional engineer who joined the SFWMD following two years as executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, headquartered in Brooksville.

Prior to his public service, Guillory was vice president for Brown and Caldwell, a national consulting firm providing water supply, wastewater, stormwater, infrastructure and environmental science expertise. He also served as vice president and water resources division manager for PBS&J, now Atkins North America.

His degrees include a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and two master's degrees in civil engineering and business administration from the University of South Florida.