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City National Bank

An ongoing success story

Early days and expansion
City National Bank of Florida was established in 1946 when Leonard L. Abess, Sr. and Baron de Hirsch Meyer founded the North Shore Bank on 71st Street in Miami Beach. In the 50’s, Industrial National Bank at 46 West Flagler Street was added and the bank moved into new headquarters at 25 West Flagler Street. Today, City National’s corporate offices are located at 1450 Brickell Avenue, Miami – in the heart of the financial district.

Over the next 50 years, City National Bank expanded into Broward, and Palm Beach counties as well as the Orlando and Winter Park communities, building a business and a reputation on practical, prudent banking and best-in-class client service.

Building on stability and service
Under the leadership of Leonard Abess, Jr., City National Bank (CNB) became one of the largest community banks in the nation. We now have 26 locations throughout Florida and we are one of the best capitalized and most liquid banks in the country.

As we’ve grown, little has changed: we’re still pursuing the same prudent, practical brand of relationship banking we always did – and our employees are still committed to our clients and our local communities.

We kept doing what we do best: stayed focused on being a strong and stable bank for the people we serve.

A partner in prudence, persistence and compassion
Caja Madrid was in search of a partner with similar banking practices and values that would serve as their platform for introducing their presence in the U.S.

Caja Madrid approached CNB in early 2008 and after spending time getting to know each other, CNB was sold to Caja Madrid. Little changed at City National Bank after the acquisition.

Caja Madrid strengthened and complemented our organization with greater reach, and additional resources.  In 2010 Caja Madrid merged with several other Spanish savings banks to form Bankia.

A winning partnership for you
In May 2013, Bankia announced that it had signed an agreement to sell City National Bank to Banco de Credito e Inversiones (Bci).

City National Bank will remain a locally-based community bank operating under the well-established and trusted City National Bank brand. The acquisition, which will require regulatory approval, is expected to close by year-end.

City National bank will continue to be the consistent partner our clients have come to rely on. We will continue to deliver the best-in-class experience our clients have come to expect.

Continued leadership strength
Jorge Gonzalez, our president and CEO, continues the legacy of leadership strength for which CNB has always been known. Jorge's experience, focus and passion continue to revolve around keeping clients as our top priority and building on the infrastructures that prepare us for continued success.

Together, we look forward to a future of healthy growth, for our organization, our people, our local communities and, most importantly, our clients.



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