COMPANY: Fidelity Bank of Florida
TITLE: Vice President – Retail Manager and Security Officer
EDUCATION: Hospitality Management Certificate, Mid Florida Technical Institute; AA degree courses, Valencia Community College
Currently enrolled at Seminole State College of Florida to obtain a Human Resources Administrator Technical Certificate which is equivalent with an A.S. degree, Business Administration.
YEARS IN AREA: 30
YEARS AT COMPANY: 13
Helen Barnabei has worked in the banking industry for 19 years, having held a range of positions including head teller, customer service representative, operations manager, branch manager, and vice president, retail manager-security officer. Starting her banking career as a teller and growing within the industry provided a great foundation and stepping stones for her career journey. This path provided knowledge of banking and abilities to relate and communicate effectively with all areas. Barnabei has experience working in both commercial banks and community banks. She enjoys seeing small businesses begin their journey when they first open an account, followed by their success and growth in the field. One of the biggest changes throughout her career in the banking industry is it becoming more electronically focused and modern, which is exciting.
Community banks provide the ability and time to connect with clients on a more personal level, which helps them cater to each client’s specific need. She encourages learning and hands-on training with her retail team and enjoys watching employees grow in their careers. She was inspired to go back to school to better herself and commit to continued education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, going to the beach, swimming and camping.
Fidelity Bank of Florida is a full-service, community bank that has served Central Florida and Brevard County since 1990 and is a Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. ◆