Monday, November 23, 2020

Botana Named “Citizen of the Year”

Maria Botana, left, was honored by the Golden Gate Civic Association during the 2014 Citizens of the Year Banquet, Nov. 13, 2014. She was joined by fellow honorees, from left, Carol Fries of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club, Public Service Employee of the Year; Pat Meulenberg of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District; Pat and Michael LaMendola, who accepted the award from the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier on behalf of the late Mario LaMendola. Photo Credit: Kaydee Tuff

Maria Botana, left, was honored by the Golden Gate Civic Association during the 2014 Citizens of the Year Banquet, Nov. 13, 2014. She was joined by fellow honorees, from left, Carol Fries of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club, Public Service Employee of the Year; Pat Meulenberg of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District; Pat and Michael LaMendola, who accepted the award from the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier on behalf of the late Mario LaMendola. Photo Credit: Kaydee Tuff

Maria Botana of IBERIABANK was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Golden Gate President’s Council at a reception on Nov. 13.  Botana, who serves as vice president and branch manager for IBERIABANK’s Golden Gate office located at 5247 Golden Gate Parkway, is well known for her volunteerism and professionalism. She has been a banker in Southwest Florida for nearly 35 years and has helped many non-profits, families and businesses.

“The Golden Gate Civic Association held a strategy meeting at the start of the year to identify specific areas of opportunity for our community. Bringing businesses together to foster economic growth was identified as a top priority,” said Russell Tuff, president of the Golden Gate Civic Association. “We asked Maria to chair a start-up group for Golden Gate business leaders. She did an outstanding job and now has 25 people who regularly attend meetings. In addition to this group, she also established a Hispanic business group. She has really energized our community, and we are very pleased to recognize her in this special way.”

Botana volunteers with Champions for Learning, teaches financial literacy lessons at Grace Place, serves as the chair of business development for the Golden Gate Civic Association and is currently serving on the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals annual gala committee to name just a few of her activities.

 

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