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First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM) Executive Vice President, Veronica Birch Flores visited Washington, D.C in a joint visit by representatives of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) and the California Bankers Association (CBA).

Flores visited DC earlier in support to fight for our industry. Led by FBA Chairman Jorge Triay, and FBA President/CEO, Alex Sanchez, Ms. Flores and other Florida and California bankers joined together for three days of meetings to make a difference for our industry. This was the 11th annual joint fly-in with the California Bankers Association. The purpose of the joint visit was to push regulatory relief and tax reform to close the tax loophole for the large credit unions, as well as other issues.

As per FBA President and CEO Alex Sanchez stated, “Changing Washington is tough, real tough, but unless you wear out the shoe leather up there, there is no chance at all.” While Florida is only one state, its reach and influence goes beyond the borders of Florida.

They met with the number two ranking Senator for the Republicans, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Kelly A. Ayotte (R-NH) Member, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and someone many consider a possibility for national office, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Chairwoman, House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. They are also met with the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling. Ms. Flores was thrilled to join such an esteemed group of banker executives to fight for our industry. First National Bank of South Miami thanks the FBA for standing behind us. Chairman Bruce Wirtz MacArthur commented “Veronica was an excellent choice to represent our industry and its concerns. She is passionate in her role and takes great pride as a 34 year Community Banker. We could not be more proud of her.”