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Volunteer Profile: Pam Stolarz February 24, 2016

How long have you worked at Stonegate Bank, and where have you worked previously? I have been in banking for 25+ years in Broward County and joined Stonegate Bank in October of last year as vice president/branch sales manager at our Dania Beach office. I work with businesses to help them with their banking and lending needs. Over the past several years I’ve had a major focus within the marine industries and have helped many owners there with loans of all types and sizes.

Can you tell us about the arrangement your bank has with Cuba?

We are proud to have the first U.S. correspondent banking relationship with Cuba since the embargo was established. We provide the ability to move money easily between the two countries, which will increase trade and benefit American companies wishing to do business in Cuba. We now offer personal and business accounts with a debit Master Card that can be used at the point of sale terminals at any of Cuba’s 10,000 hotels, restaurants and other card-accepting merchants. We expect to expand the use of the cards to ATMs later this year.

Which MIASF events, committees and projects have you been involved in?

I am currently serving on the membership committee and the Waterway Cleanup committee. Most recently I represented MIASF at the Refit International Conference. Previously, I’ve been involved with FLIBS in support of MIASF and have also hosted the exhibitor appreciation party.

Are you involved in any other community organizations or events?

I am also a member of the Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce.

How did you get involved in boating/marine industry?

Having lived and worked in Broward for so many years, I have numerous friends and clients who are affiliated in some manner or another with the marine industry. It was only natural for me to become further involved and I wanted to be part of an organization that has such a huge impact on our local community and the entire region.

Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?

I’ve always felt it important to be involved in the local community and give back to those with whom I’ve been involved. Marine industries have become increasingly central to my business and have been so big in South Florida for a long time. I bring years of experience and knowledge to support the industry to do my part.

Where are you from, and where do you live now?

I am originally from Freeland, Michigan. After visiting Fort Lauderdale in 1980, I went home, packed up and have lived in Fort Lauderdale ever since.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling.

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