April 15 - Urban Trust Bank (UTB) FSB, a federally chartered, full-service community bank serving Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla., has entered into a banking partnership with Seminole Work Opportunity Program (SWOP). SWOP is a private 501(c)(3) organization that provides vocational, educational, and community-based employment training to adults in Seminole County with developmental disabilities by offering local businesses a variety of services including mail fulfillment, hand assembly, light manufacturing and clerical assembly.
The banking partnership will allow for a significant increase in the scope of services SWOP offers to clients and their families, with an emphasis on community based employment.
“Forming a solid banking partnership was paramount to growing our organization to meet the needs of our clients and community. We are delighted that Urban Trust Bank has stepped up to be our banking partner during this critical growth phase,” said SWOP President of the Board of Directors, George Colombo.
“The commitment to community that both SWOP and Urban Trust Bank have is in perfect alignment and as a result of the banking partnership, SWOP is poised for future success,” said Seminole County Commissioner, John Horan.
Further strengthening the partnership and showing Urban Trusts Bank’s commitment to SWOP, the Bank’s Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Ron Strand-Sorrell has been elected to SWOP’s Board of Directors.
“Ron's election to SWOP's Board of Directors is a key part of our overall initiative to move the organization into the 21st century. In a short period of time, Ron has established himself as one of the Board's leaders and most respected voices. We are fortunate to have him as an integral part of our leadership team,” said Colombo.
Executive Director, Michelle Mangum is already seeing positive results with SWOP's governance and operations with a renewed focus on increased organizational efficiencies and best practices.
“I am delighted that Urban Trust Bank has lent their expertise as our banking partner as well as to our Board of Directors. Their community focused philosophy is in perfect alignment with our mission to provide community based services and employment,” said Magnum.