LocalShops1, in collaboration with the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the local round of the SBA InnovateHER Challenge, in which they look for products or services that make a positive impact on the lives of women and families. The competition takes place Dec. 2, 2015, at the Catherine Hickman in Gulfport, and the winner of this local round may be selected to compete for cash prizes totaling $70,000 in the finals in Washington, DC.
You can meet the judges and learn more about the competition here.
On the Judges Panel
Rita Lowman is the Chief Operating Officer for C1 Bank. Rita began leaving her footprint in the Banking Industry in the mid 70’s. Working tirelessly to champion her colleagues in the banking industry, she is proud that many are now leaders in several banks throughout Florida. With a philosophy to treat associates fairly, give them tools to succeed, and be a positive mentor, she empowers her team to function seamlessly and offer a superior client experience. As an effective teacher, she shares her knowledge, while encouraging input and listening to new ideas. Managing teams of 30 to 1,000 associates, she believes the success of the bank lies within the team.
Rita has been tapped in her career to serve as state administration executive to market president and has managed 20 merger acquisitions. Upon successful completion of the Barnett acquisition into NationsBank Rita was presented with the coveted Crystal Grenade by the bank’s Chairman.
Recognized as one of the top female bankers in Florida, Rita has authored numerous articles that have been published throughout the southeast and continues to be requested as a speaker to share her story of leadership and success. Rita serves on the boards of Florida Bankers Association, Florida School of Banking at UF, Outback Bowl, Florida Division of American Cancer Society, The Centre Club and a Founding Member of Women in a Bucs Life. In 2012 and 2013 Rita chaired the Cattle Barons’ Ball for Tampa Bay and in her two years as Chair raised $1.8million for cancer research. She has been tapped as the 2015 Chair of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with a goal of 17,000 walkers and $700,000 in contributions. Rita has been elected to serve as the 2017 Chair of the Florida Bankers Association. In 2014 Rita was presented with the prestigious Florida Bankers Chairman’s Award for her dedication, service and drive in the banking industry.
Rita, her husband and two sons enjoy spending time on their cattle farm in Georgia.
Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
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