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St. Petersburg bank goes on hiring spree, adding 12 employees

Climate First Bank, founded in 2021, now has 48 staff members.

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Veteran Florida banker Ken LaRoe founded Climate First Bank in 2021. (File photo)
Veteran Florida banker Ken LaRoe founded Climate First Bank in 2021. (File photo)
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Climate First Bank, a St. Petersburg community bank focused on environmentally sustainable products, welcomed 12 new employees, several in key leadership roles, this week. The hiring spree increases the bank’s workforce to 48.

According to a news release, Jim Hennessey has joined Climate First Bank as senior vice president and residential mortgage manager. Also joining in vice president roles are Edina Remic, Kaina Norelia, Michael Madison, Jennifer Biegemeier and Tyler Linn.

Remic and Norelia, the release states, will also serve as branch managers. Madison will specialize in SBA lending, while Biegemeier will also serve as director of human resources and board secretary. Linn, meanwhile, will work in the commercial lending department.

Other new hires include:

  • Abraham Perez Serra, associate vice president and network engineer
  • Adam Webman, project manager
  • Orpha Kjolstad, senior commercial lending assistant
  • Irma Walsh, universal banker
  • Heather Osborne, digital banker
  • Cameron Butcher, IT support administrator

“This is an all-star team of people,” Climate First Bank Founder and CEO Ken LaRoe states in the release. “Everyone is here because they truly believe in how we’re able to be a force for good through finance. As people and investors care more about the environment, our growth is a tangible example of how being mission-aligned improves talent acquisition.”


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