Bank News

Accolades at Key West Chamber Awards

Wonderful evening at the Key West Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Banquet where our President & CEO Karen Sharp was reinstalled as a Director of the Board and our Marketing Manager Angie Walterson was presented the President’s Award by Outgoing Chamber President Suzanne Moore. 

Pictured L to R: FSB Mortgage Loan Originator Amy Pierce, FSB SVP/Market Lending Leader Ani Madruga, FSB AVP/Marketing Manager Angie Walterson, and FSB President & CEO Karen Sharp.

Key Largo School 3rd Graders Complete Junior Banker Program

First State Bank congratulates the most recent group of Key Largo School third graders on their completion of the Junior Banker program.  The Junior Bankers learned the fundamentals of everyday banking over the course of three months working alongside First State Bank Customer Service Representatives, Tellers, and Branch Managers. 

First State Bank Helps Poinciana Elementary Bring Holiday Cheer to Key West Kids

First State Bank was proud to once again help Poinciana Elementary with their annual gift drive, gathering toys for families in need during the Holidays. 

Pictured L to R: Poinciana Elementary Principal Dr. Larry Schmiegel, First State Bank AVP/Public Relations & Communications Manager Angie Walterson, and Poinciana Elementary Thanksgiving and Christmas Children Coordinator Susan Saunders Goldstein.

President Celebrates 30th Year at First State Bank

First State Bank of the Florida Keys is proud to congratulate President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Karen Sharp on thirty years of dedicated service to the Bank.

Sharp began her career in the financial industry in 1981 and has been working at First State Bank since 1988. 

First State Bank Supports FIRM

First State Bank continues in their support of Fair Insurance Rates of Monroe County (FIRM) in their ongoing battle against unfair windstorm and flood rates increases in Monroe County.

First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run Takes Off On Veteran’s Day Weekend

First State Bank is delighted to announce their title sponsorship of the 9th annual Key Largo Bridge Run.  The 10K/5K Run/Walk course runs over Jewfish Creek Bridge overlooking Key Largo Bay and Barnes Sound, and is set to take place at 7:30am on Saturday, November 10th

Garcia Celebrates 30 Years at First State Bank

First State Bank congratulates Maria Garcia, Vice President/Boulevard and Stock Island Branch Manager on her thirtieth year with the Bank.

FSB Sponsors Nicky’s Paddle Celebration

First State Bank Simonton Branch Manager Leslie Concepcion (on right) presents Jamie Sorbelli  with a $250 sponsorship for Nicky’s Paddle Celebration. This fun-filled event, held on Sunday, September 23rd, remembers and honors the memory of 10 year-old Nicky Sorbelli, who inspired so many to seize the moment and make the best of everyday.  Proceeds benefit The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys and The Nicky Sorbelli Scholarship Fund.  For more information, please visit 

FSB Supports Outstanding Officers

First State Bank recently sponsored the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Officers of the Second Quarter.  The Bank provided $50.00 checks to each of the recipients selected by MCSO for their exceptional service. 

“We are proud to help recognize these vital members of our community who aim to make the Keys a safe and enjoyable place to live,” said Jeff Smith, First State Bank Senior Vice President/Senior Lender.

FSB Receives KWCC Tom Sawyer Five Star Award

First State Bank was once again honored with the Key West Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Sawyer Five Star Program award in recognition of their contributions to Key West High School student scholarships, teacher recognition, teacher educational enrichment, classroom adoptions, and Take Stock In Children mentoring.