Geoffrey and Robbie Roepstorff, CEO and president of Edison National Bank, have been named “Bankers of the Year” by the Florida Bankers Association (FBA). They accepted the award during the FBA’s 122nd Annual Meeting after a standing ovation offered by their colleagues and peers.
“It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award, and especially to be chosen for this title by our peers,” said Robbie Roepstorff. “We share these accolades with our board of directors, staff, customers and community. We attribute all of our accomplishments to the dedication and professionalism of our board of directors and staff members.”
Each year, the FBA’s Executive Committee selects a Banker of the Year who has given unselfishly of his or her time and effort to improve the Florida banking industry, as well as his or her community. This is the first time FBA has bestowed this award on a couple, rather than an individual.
“Geoff and Robbie Roepstorff deserve this honor for all they do in their community and the banking industry,” said Florida Bankers Association President and CEO Alex Sanchez. “We are so pleased to be able to recognize their efforts which serve as a reminder of how much bankers contribute to their local communities.”
According to the FBA, the Banker of the Year is selected using the following criteria: an outstanding commitment of involvement and service in his/her community; a concern for the continued success of the banking industry; a dedication to convey the value of banking to the public; and a reputation for excellence and distinguished achievement within the banking industry.
“We are keenly aware of how community organizations are struggling during these tough economic times,” said Geoffrey Roepstorff. “We’re so happy this award turned into an opportunity to share the message that it is more important than ever to support our neighbors. We have felt from the beginning that we have a partnership with the community and a community bank should always give back.”
Robbie Roepstorff is a past director of the FBA. The couple also actively gives back to the community, providing financial support and leadership for a variety of causes including education, children’s welfare, wildlife and coastal habitat preservation, and supporting the arts in Lee County. Geoffrey Roepstorff currently serves as a trustee for Lee County Electric Cooperative, and he is an active member of the board of directors for several nonprofit charitable organizations such as Southwest Florida Addiction Services and The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). He is a member of the Sanibel Community Association and is a lifetime member of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Association. Robbie Roepstorff is a trustee for Florida Gulf Coast University and serves on various nonprofit boards such as the Good Neighbor Community Foundation of Sanibel-Captiva, Sanibel School Advisory Council, The Foundation of Lee County Public Schools, Lee County Horizon Council Foundation and Lee County Industrial Development Authority. In addition, Robbie Roepstorff is a member of the and is a recipient of the Paulette Burton Lee County Citizen of the Year Award.
Edison National Bank is the oldest locally owned and operated community bank in Lee County. The bank offers a wide range of services and accounts for business customers, nonprofit organizations and individuals of all ages. Edison National Bank offices are located at 13000 S. Cleveland Avenue in South Fort Myers and at 2105 First Street in the downtown River District of Fort Myers. Edison also operates Bank of the Islands in the heart of Sanibel at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Casa Ybel Road.