LEESBURG, FL (October 25, 2011) – CenterState Bank announces its Leesburg branch vice president/commercial loan officer, Steve Knowles, has been honored with receiving the 2010-2011 President’s Award presented by Leesburg Partnership. This prestigious award is given annually to a person who exhibits the strongest commitment to his or her community.
“It is an honor to have Steve as part of our team,” says Ronnie Purdy, senior vice president, CenterState Bank. “His commitment to the community where he lives and works exemplifies what being a community banker is all about.”
Knowles gives tireless effort to physical, economic and social revitalization of the Leesburg community. He has been a Leesburg Partnership volunteer for five years, serving as membership chair, events block captain, cash operations volunteer, executive board member and most recently, board liaison to Leesburg’s Bikefest. In addition, Knowles donates his time to the Leesburg community as vice president, Lake Sumter Community College Foundation; chairman, Foundation of Performing Arts Committee; ambassador, Leesburg Chamber of Commerce; finance committee chairman, Morrison United Methodist Church; treasurer, Leesburg Boat Club; and board member, Leesburg Quarterback Club.