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24 Years Strong: Antonio’s Ristorante and New Traditions Bank

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When Greg Gentile decided to bring his authentic Italian fare to Central Florida in 1989, residents and visitors alike knew their culinary experiences would forever be changed. Guided by the founding principles of “Authenticity” and “Quality,” Greg opened and continues to operate three Antonio’s locations throughout Central Florida. Each location provides consistent and delicious meals for patrons made only with the freshest of ingredients.

With Antonio’s 24th anniversary approaching, we decided to sit down with Greg, the founder himself, and Sid Cash,

New Traditions Bank Vice-Chairman, and chat about Greg’s long-standing success in Central Florida and his partnership with New Traditions Bank.

Greg Gentile and Sid Cash

Greg Gentile and Sid Cash

Why did you choose to build your business in Central Florida?

Greg: I’m from Winter Park. It made sense to create a business where my roots are. It’s also a great location to cater

to the surrounding cities as well as out-of-town visitors.

Sid: Greg is similar to me where we wanted to revitalize the area where we are from – inject opportunities and energy into the city we love.

As a successful businessman, why do you elect to bank with a community bank?

Greg: I opt to bank local as it gives me the opportunity to work with people that I know and it’s easier to work with people you know than strangers. I’ve been working with Sid for about 25 years now and continue to do so because of

the relationship we have built. With “big box” banks, it’s hard to build the long-term relationships like that. Not only do I choose to bank local, but the majority of vendors I work with are independent.

How has your partnership with New Traditions impacted your business?

Greg: New Traditions has stayed a consistent partner with me throughout the years.  The recent renovations we made and will continue to make couldn’t be completed without them. I’ve been able to set myself up for success because of the partnership I created with New Traditions.

Sid: Greg has been a wonderful entrepreneur to work with. We have been with him through the good and the bad times.

How have you partnered with the Central Florida community?

Greg: We work with little leagues in the area, support local faiths, as well as donate to the New Hope for Kids charity.

It feels as if everyday I am a part of the community. I’ve seen couples go on their first date, to the birth of their first-born. You really grow with the community when you are in the position that I am in.

New Traditions is proud to partner with Antonio’s Ristorante and to be a part of their long-standing success! 

Building Community: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Partners with New Traditions Bank

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Jeremiah Litwack and Sid Cash

If you have lived in Central Florida for any length of time, you’ve likely seen the throngs of people standing outside of Jeremiah’s Italian Ice shops. Founded in 1996 by owner Jeremiah Litwack, the chain has opened five locations throughout Central Florida in popular spots including Winter Park, Maitland, Winter Springs, Lake Mary and Waterford Lakes.

With the sixth Jeremiah’s Italian Ice location (Longwood) and food truck set to open in 2014, we decided to sit down with Jeremiah (Jeremy) himself and chat about his success in Central Florida and long-time relationship with New Traditions. In typical fashion, Jeremiah sat down with New Traditions Bank Vice- Chairman Sid Cash in the bank’s Maitland Community Room for some good conversation (and some Italian Ice).


Why did you choose to build your business in Central Florida?

I moved to Florida and quickly recognized many unique advantages for building my business in Central Florida. In addition to the great local culture and business climate, the weather is fantastic. The nearly year- round warmth is perfect for an Italian Ice business!


How have you partnered with the Central Florida community?

We donate free servings of Jeremiah’s to local schools and community organizations every year. Students and teachers alike love Jeremiah’s and our Valentine’s Day promotion is one of my favorites! We donate free coupons so students can give them as a Valentine’s surprise to well-deserving teachers. In total, we work with nearly 60 schools throughout the Central Florida community.

We are also particularly fond of our partnership with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

For several years, we have promoted a custom flavor called Sweet Child of Lime (after the popular Guns ’n Roses song) and donated $1 for each one sold benefitting the hospital’s programs for patients and their families.

Recently, we have partnered with Runway to Hope and we will be donating the proceeds from the Windermere store grand opening day to their great cause! Runway to Hope partners with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children and Nemours Children’s Hospital to provide support to Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer. Our Windermere store will be opening in June – stay tuned for more details!

Jeremiah’s also supports many local sports clubs and organizations through fundraising opportunities. I’m active with the Maitland Little League and Jeremy and his team are out there with us on many weekends selling their signature Italian Ice and sharing the proceeds with the league. The groups who benefit from this generous community support are too numerous to list.


How has your partnership with New Traditions impacted your business?

Jeremiah’s has been a New Traditions customer for nearly five years and our relationship has grown into a very effective partnership. When New Traditions opened its Maitland office next door to our location, our teams got to know each other very quickly. (They were coming over for snacks more often then they’ll admit!) As our business has grown, New Traditions has offered the service we need to maintain momentum. Over the years, we’ve expanded our banking relationship into new areas from business accounts to equipment loans and merchant processing services for all of our Jeremiah’s locations. We are now in the process of consolidating all of our accounts to New Traditions. We’re incredibly satisfied with our partnership!

Banking is a personal, relationship-driven business. We build partnerships with our customers and that helps us to stand out in the marketplace. Jeremy knows he can walk into my office at anytime to talk about something that’s important to him and his business. We love partnering with growing businesses because it provides us with a platform to directly connect customers; going that extra mile offers a unique added value helping everyone succeed.

New Traditions is proud to partner with the Jeremiah’s Italian Ice team and to be a part of the company’s local success story!

New Traditions Selected as Trusted Partner for 4 Rivers Smokehouse East Orlando Construction Loan

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When John Rivers opened the flagship 4 Rivers Smokehouse restaurant in Winter Park in October 2009, it didn’t take long for the buzz surrounding his popular Texas-style smokehouse to reach deafening levels, and word of mouth quickly propelled 4 Rivers to become “the” place to eat barbecue in Central Florida. (We all probably remember the line that wrapped around the building in the original Fairbanks Avenue restaurant location, and maybe we even stood in that line a time or two!)

Fast forward several years and 4 Rivers is poised to open its sixth Florida location in early April, with more locations planned throughout the Southeast! In late February, John Rivers joined up with his long-time community banking partners at New Traditions Bank to close on the construction loan for that sixth location, which will be located along University Boulevard in East Orlando, near the University of Central Florida.


“My philosophy is to do business with people, rather than companies. The people at New Traditions Bank understand our business and have become friends and trusted partners to our team,” said Rivers, who is Chef and Owner of the 4R Restaurant Group. “We’ve worked with New Traditions since the opening of our first Smokehouse in October 2009 and they’ve stood by us over the years. We chose New Traditions as the construction financing partners for our East Orlando location because their team provides sincere, personal and responsive service.”

Rivers and New Traditions Bank share a common commitment to giving back to the communities in which they live and work. At the core of the 4R Restaurant Group’s business philosophy is a dedication to supporting local schools, churches and charitable organizations that help people in a time of need. New Traditions Bank, which opened in 2008 and became one of the fastest growing community banks in the state, shares a similar view, and has made giving back a cornerstone of the bank’s operations.

New Traditions Bank is proud to continue to support John Rivers, the 4R Restaurant Group and all of their charitable endeavors as this restaurant group continues on its path of well-deserved success.

Photo Caption: (From left) John Rivers, Chef and Owner of the 4R Restaurant Group, and Rich O’Brien, Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer for New Traditions Bank, meet to close on the construction loan for the sixth Florida location of the popular 4 Rivers Smokehouse restaurant on Feb. 24, 2014.

Employee Spotlight: Sandy Hughes, Vice President & Market Executive

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Sandy Hughes, Vice President | New Traditions Bank

Sandy Hughes, Vice President & Market Executive

The Central Florida business community can, at times, feel small. And the banking industry in Central Florida is a close-knit community. It’s not uncommon for colleagues to work together at one bank, take different paths, and then eventually meet again to work together at a different bank along the way. Sandy Hughes, Vice President and Market Executive for New Traditions Bank, has a similar story.

Sandy first met David Dotherow when she began working at Colonial Bank in 1997. They remained in touch after David left, and a little more than a decade later, David reached out to Sandy again to see if she’d like to join him and partner Sid Cash at the (then) newly-formed New Traditions Bank. Sandy began working at New Traditions in December 2009.

In a recent interview, we caught up with Sandy to learn a little more about her experience at New Traditions Bank.


Q: Why do you love being a community banker?

A: It is so empowering to be able to work so closely with our customers, knowing that all of the bank’s decisions are made locally. There isn’t a long chain of command when it comes to decisions made on behalf of our customers. We work to customize solutions that are the best fit for our customers and our bank.

Q: What do you like best about working at New Traditions Bank?

A: It may sound clichéd, but working at New Traditions Bank really is like working along 45+ members of your family. We are all very close and work great together as a team. In the four years that I’ve been here, there have only been three team members who have left the bank, and that’s because two moved out of this market and one left to begin teaching within our school system! We all know each other on a personal level, and watching our bank excel as a team makes working here all the more rewarding.

 Q: When you’re not providing outstanding community banking experiences, where might you be found?

A: I enjoy spending a much time as possible outdoors with my husband and other family members. On the weekends, you can often find us camping, boating, or just hanging out with our great neighbors in Seminole County!


Thanks to Sandy Hughes for modeling the true spirit of New Traditions Bank! Check back to the website soon for another New Traditions employee spotlight.

Employee Spotlight: Rich O’Brien, Executive Vice President & Senior Lending Officer

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Rich O’Brien

Rich O’Brien, Executive Vice President & Senior Lending Officer

Rich O’Brien helped to establish New Traditions Bank when it opened more than five years ago, and he has served as Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer for the bank during that time. Throughout his career, he has held positions in a variety of lending roles at Florida National Bank, Security National Bank and Century National Bank. During this time, he worked with New Traditions Bank’s Sid Cash, David Dotherow and Jeffrey Jenkins, so it was a natural progression to help found the bank with these talented community bankers in 2008.

In a recent interview, we sat down with Rich to learn a little more about his experience at New Traditions Bank.


Q: Why do you love being a community banker?

A: Community banking affords me the opportunity to go that extra mile for my clients. I’ve been able to establish long-term relationships with them, and being a community banker allows me to take care of all of their financial needs over time.

Q: What do you like best about working at New Traditions Bank?

A: New Traditions is locally owned and operated. This allows us to reinvest in the Central Florida community, making it a better place to live and work.

Q: When you’re not providing outstanding community banking experiences, where might you be found?

A: I have been involved as a board member of the Christian Sharing Center in Longwood for eight years, helping to raise the capital and awareness needed to provide a wide range of financial assistance services to the less fortunate in Central Florida. I am also an avid fisherman, and make my way down to the Florida Keys as often as possible to enjoy offshore fishing.

Thanks to Rich O’Brien for modeling the true spirit of New Traditions Bank! Check back to the website soon for another New Traditions employee spotlight.

Making a Difference in the Central Florida Community

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Not-for-profit organizations are not in the business of making money, but they do need to continually generate funds to support the programs and outreach efforts they perform every day.

Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County and Greater Apopka operates to provide a stable home environment to residents in Apopka and Seminole County. Such stability promotes health, security and a sense of dignity and pride, while enhancing education and employment opportunities.

As part of its mission, Habitat for Humanity operates ReStore, a retail store that accepts donations of new and gently used household items that are then sold to bargain shoppers for home improvement projects. At the onset, Habitat for Humanity began receiving donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding through Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

The Sanford ReStore run by Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County and Greater Apopka, located at 1100 Americana Boulevard and Sanford, was recently refinanced by New Traditions Bank. Penny Seater, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County and Greater Apopka, shares why her organization opted to work with New Traditions for the refinance.

“Our long-standing relationship with Dean Shaheen and New Traditions Bank has made all the difference. As a not-for-profit organization, it was important to us that our banking partner truly understood and valued our mission. New Traditions Bank provided outstanding customer service throughout the entire refinance process, working closely with us to ensure that the process was as smooth as possible. Our Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Sanford would not be as successful as it is today without the support and guidance provided by Dean and his team at New Traditions Bank.”


New Traditions Bank Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Penny Seater, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County and Greater Apopka & Dean Shaheen, Executive Vice President of New Traditions

Important Information: Card Data Breach at Target

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At New Traditions Bank, we are always looking out for our customers.

It has come to our attention that a major breach of debit and credit card data has occurred. This incident increases the probability that your card information could be used fraudulently.

The reported breach happened between November 27th – December 15th. If you used your New Traditions debit card at any Target store in the U.S. during this time, please contact your branch immediately so we can take steps to determine if you card needs to be replaced – at no charge to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local branch:


  • Longwood | 407.865.9800
  • Maitland | 407.740.7800
  • Orlando | 407.206.7800

Please click here for additional contact information for your New Traditions Bank branch.


New Traditions Bank Merger with Old Florida Bancshares – Q&A

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Old Florida Bancshares, Inc. announced today it received final approval from New Traditions Bank shareholders on October 28, 2013 to close their merger transaction. The shareholder approval comes after The State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation issued a Final Order of Approval on October 11, 2013 for Old Florida Bancshares, Inc.’s application.

The merger was completed on November 1, 2013. The Bank will continue to operate as New Traditions Bank.

“With this closing, two of Central Florida’s leading financial institutions are now able to expand their services to the community and reaffirm their commitments to investing locally,” said Randy Burden, chairman of Old Florida Bancshares.


Q: What does the merger mean for me?

A: Same Bank. Same Service. Now that we are under the same umbrella as Old Florida, we are able to offer more products, more services and expand our investments in the community through more business loans.

Q: Are New Traditions branches converting to Old Florida branches?

A: Our focus is always on you. Our goal is to give you the best banking experience in central Florida. Because of that, we’ve been focused solely on completing the merger and continuing to grow our banks without any interruption in your banking experience. We do not have a timeline for conversion, but we will continue to look at ways to improve the customer experience as we move forward.

Q: Why did the banks merge?

A: Every day our goal is to strengthen our community by investing locally. The community we share is what guides our decisions and investments. By merging, we are now able to share more products and services across our two institutions and increase our loan offerings to the Central Florida business community.


To learn more about the merger, click here to view a PDF of the official News Release.

For press inquiries, contact:

Robert Thompson


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fundraising Results

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Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $1,500 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

In the fight against breast cancer, every dollar counts, and Central Florida’s New Traditions Bank raised $1,500 during a bank-wide bake sale to contribute to the cause.

New Traditions Bank Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

As we mentioned last week, all three Central Florida branches of New Traditions Bank proudly displayed pink fundraising buckets in each branch and sold delicious baked goods to raise both money and awareness for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 19.

“It was amazing to see how everyone—employees and customers—came together to support our efforts to raise money before the walk on Saturday,” said Trish Teague, Senior Vice President for New Traditions Bank who coordinated the bake sale. “The responses we received to our fundraising efforts were phenomenal, and we are proud to have been able to raise money for such a great cause.”

New Traditions Bank Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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New Traditions Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Making Strides Against Breast CancerOn Saturday, October 19, thousands of walkers will join in Lake Eola Park to walk in support of the fight to end breast cancer. Members of the New Traditions Bank team will be participating in the walk on that day, but the bank will also be raising funds in advance to bring more awareness and funding to the cause.

Beginning Tuesday, October 15, all three New Traditions Bank branches will have pink donation buckets where bank customers and members of the Central Florida community can stop by to make a donation.

The donation buckets will remain in the branches until the end of the day on Friday, October 18.

Also on Friday, October 18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Traditions Bank will raise funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk through the sale of delicious baked goods. Stop by your local New Traditions Bank branch to grab a goodie (or two or three!) and raise money to fight to end breast cancer!

Visit the About Us page on our website for the addresses of our three branch locations so you can stop by and participate in our efforts to find a cure.


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