Joanne Gaines, Business and Community Leader

With every entity, whether it be a business, a not for profit organization, or a country for that matter, requires a vision of a Founder or an Organizer. Organizations keep their organizers content as they are the fabric of the organization. After the United States of America was founded, the country held them in high esteem and in fact most of them had the opportunity in becoming President of Our Nation.   Marc Gagnon moved to Florida in 1997 after he was severed by Fleet National Bank after 14 1/2 years of employment. Fleet consumed banks like Bank of New England, Shawmut, Bank of Boston, and Natwest. Gagnon was part of 16,000 people that were laid off.  Gagnon met Joanne Gaines at First Western Bank in 1998. He worked for her for almost 2 years and then went to Floridian Community Bank in 2004. Joanne Gaines organized the bank including the raising of capital as well as assembling the employees as well as the bank site. The bank’s first organization meeting was on 9/11/01, the day the Terrorists attacked NYC and Washington DC. Gaines assembled a bank that is pretty much on the top of its game in the area which ranks #2 for bank closures in the country. As a former government employee that oversaw institutions, this is indeed impressive. This section of the site is dedicated to her work at Floridian Community Bank which commits to deliver strong personal service while others concentrate in only transactions.

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Joanne Gaines Attends Keynote Speech by Jeff Taylor, Founder of

Joanne Gaines attented Jeff Taylor’s keynote speech at the Florida Bankers Association Annual Meeting on June 21st.  Jeff Taylor is the founder of, a website with 30 million visitors a month,  which changed the way which people search for jobs and is the CEO of which is a media company that challenges the Baby Boomer Generation and seniors to live life to its fullest potential.   Jeff Taylor is a visionary innovator with his eye on the future which made him an excellent keynote speaker for this year’s Florida Bankers Association meeting.

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Joanne Gaines Attends 123rd Annual Florida Bankers Association Meeting

Joanne Gaines attended the 123rd Annual Florida Bankers Association meeting in Orlando, Florida from June 19th- June 22nd, 2011.   Many important issues facing the banking industry were discussed in different forums at the meeting.   The workshops highlighted trends and strategies for the future.   The Keynote Speakers were Jeff Taylor, the Founder of and Herman Boone who was a football coach and is now a motivational speaker.

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Joanne Gaines Attends 2011 Valor Awards Luncheon

Joanne Gaines attended the 2011 Valor Awards Luncheon benefitting the American Diabetes Association on May 11th, 2011.    The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.   Money was raised for the cause at the silent auction and awards were given to those who have worked hard for the cause.

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Joanne Gaines and Floridian Community Bank Sponsor Roads & Rodeo at the Old Davie School Historical Museum

Joanne Gaines and   Floridian Community Bank sponsored and attended “Roads and Rodeo” at The  Old Davie School Historical Museum .  The event honoring the Weekley Brothers was held on Saturday, May 7th.  The event featured a collage of cuisine, cocktails, and entertainment.   Marc Gagnon was also in attendance.   Proceeds benefitted the  Davie School Foundation  which aims to preserve Davie history for future generations.

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Joanne Gaines Attends the Cattle Barons’ Ball for the American Cancer Society

Joanne Gaines, Founding Organizer of  Floridian Community Bank, attended the Cattle Barons’ Ball 2011 which Benefits the American Cancer Soceity on May 7th, 2011 at Gulfstream Park.    The Chairs were Ms. Shelly Spivack and Mr. John G. Primeau.  Honorary Chairs included Actress Sofia Vergara and   Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti.   

Since 1913, great strides have been made in cancer research.  Almost a century ago, the five year survival rate for cancer patients was only 11%; today the cancer survival rate is 62%. 

The American Cancer Society donates more money to cancer research than any other private, not for profit, non-governmental funder of cancer research in the United States.   The American Cancer Society has funded 44 Nobel Prize Winners and hopes to fund the 45th. 

The American Cancer Society  helps fund programs like Reaching out to Cancer Kids (R.O.C.K.) which provides camp, family weekends, and college scholarships to children with cancer. 

Joanne Gaines is proud of  The American Cancer Society   and all the work it has done to improve cancer research.

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Joanne Gaines Attends 6th Annual Hats and Handbags for Starlight Childrens’ Foundation

Joanne Gaines, Founding Organizer of  Floridian Community Bank attended the 6th Annual Hats & Handbags Classic English Tea Fundraiser for the Starlight Children’s Foundation   on May 1st, 2011.  The Tea Fundraiser  featured  boutique shopping where guests can choose from a pleathora of unique quality iems, and accessories which included handbags, jewelry, shoes, and home goods.  Proceeds benefitted Starlight .

After the shopping, guests were treated to a classic English Tea service featuring tea sandwiches, scones, treats, and tea.  The eventl also included live youth entertainment as well as guest speakers who have been touched by Starlight .  

Starlight Children’s Foundation   is an organization that benefits seriously ill children.   Starlight offers many programs  to benefit seriously ill children and families and there are many thankful Families willing to share their stories on oh Starlight benefitted them in their time of need.

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Joanne Gaines Attends Celebration for the New Jim and Jan Moran Family Center

Joanne Gaines of Floridian Community Bank, attended the celebration for the new Jim and Jan Moran Family Center on April 11th, 2011.  She was invited to the event by Women In Distress  of Broward County, an organization which she has supported.

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Joanne Gaines Attends “Cirque du Maverique”

Joanne Gaines, Founding Organizer of  Floridian Community Bank  attended the 8th Annual “Cirque du Maverique” on Sunday, February 27th, 2011.  The event was to benefit the  Archbishop McCarthy High School  Student and Performing Arts Center.
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