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First American Bank Strengthens Ties in South Florida

First American Bank, a privately held full-service community bank of over $5 billion, has announced the purchase of a new location in the Westchester community at 9696 SW 40th St. in Miami. The branch will be full-service and managed by Julio Valle (left), currently the market manager at the bank’s Sweetwater location.  Renovations are planned to be completed by year-end. First American Bank offers a wide variety of products for personal banking, commercial banking, and wealth management services while specializing in middle-market business lending.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of First American Bank’s team here in South Florida, and I am proud to lead the team here in Westchester as we grow our presence in the community,” Valle says. “First American Bank’s unique, personalized approach to banking is our priority with each individual client. We are looking forward to growing our team and being able to provide a welcoming home for our clients in Westchester and Sweetwater.”

In addition to its new branch location, First American Bank announced that its regional headquarters at 2295 Galiano Street will be moving to 540 Biltmore Way in Coral Gables. The new headquarters will be located across the street from Coral Gables City Hall and within walking distance of the famed shopping district, Miracle Mile. The bank tentatively plans to welcome clients to its new space in September 2020.

First American Bank has flourished since first entering the South Florida market in 2014, with the acquisition of the Bank of Coral Gables. Upon identifying a demand for trade finance in the region and leveraging its close relationship with the Small Business Administration, the bank continued expansion in 2019 with the acquisition of Continental National Bank – adding five additional offices throughout the greater Miami-Dade County.

“We needed a larger, more accommodating space that would comfortably house our growing team while creating a warm atmosphere for our clients. That’s when we decided to purchase our new building on Biltmore Way,” says Florida Market President Brian Hagan (top). “Our new regional headquarters will allow us to enhance productivity and serves as a direct representation of our rapid growth here in South Florida. The addition of Continental allowed us to bring our services directly to downtown Miami, Little Havana, Doral, Hialeah and now Westchester.”

To stay true to its community-based values, First American Bank will be eliminating traditional teller lines and, instead, station personal bankers at their desks to provide universal, hands-on customer service at the new Westchester branch and Coral Gables. The Coral Gables location will also provide complimentary indoor parking for clients. In turn, these changes are expected to increase efficiency and create quicker turnarounds for client needs while continuing to offer a warm and welcoming environment.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.