About Us

One of Florida's oldest trade associations, the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) was established in 1888 to advocate on behalf of Florida banks and promote the banking industry in the state.  The FBA proudly represents banks of all sizes and focuses. From the smallest community bank in the state to the largest national bank in the country, the FBA strives to provide each and every member the opportunity to thrive in today's economic environment.

The mission of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) is to be the resource for Florida’s bankers to influence State and Federal officials to maximize their ability to compete, serve customers and positively contribute to the economic well-being of Florida.

Among its peer trade associations, the FBA stands out thanks to its focused approach to serving members through untiring advocacy at the state and federal levels, useful products and services and exceptional education program offerings. The association is governed by a 42-member board of directors and is staffed by 20 full-time employees, each dedicated to the singular mission of ensuring the success of its members.

History

The FBA is one of the oldest trade associations in Florida.  Since the beginning, the FBA has served as the voice of Florida’s banking industry and it has grown to be one of the most powerful state banking associations in the country, advocating on behalf of members in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and in state, regional and national media outlets. 

A lot can change in more than 125 years, but some things stay the same. The Florida Bankers Association has been with member banks through the highest of economic highs and the lowest of economic lows and its mission has remained constant.

When the FBA was founded by a handful of bankers — led by the its first president, J.M. Schumaker from Jacksonville — it was clear that the voice of many is louder than the voice of one. The banks and the individuals that make up today’s FBA have learned from the past and are committed to making the future brighter for those who will carry the torch for the industry and the association in the years to come.

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