Sandy Hostetter, President of CNLBank in Central Florida, led the institution into a pattern of growth and branch expansion. She has over 30 years of financial experience and a remarkable record of community involvement by serving organizations such as the YMCA, Winter Park Health Foundation, and Heart of Florida United Way to name a few. BIGEYE's video production team used their creativity and skills to produce this video to tell Sandy's story. Watch her BIGTHINKERS video to be inspired by her outstanding leadership skills and learn how she takes the time to think BIG every day.
Transcript: My name is Sandy Hostetter and I am President of CNL Bank and I have been in Central Florida professional since 1981. My formal boss came to me and said listen don’t you want to start a bank? I really loved what he wanted to do, which was to create the largest bank holding company in Florida. I just really liked that vision and so I took a chance. I think you have to dream a little bit to reach further, but dreaming doesn’t have actual steps to the fulfillment of the plan. I am a number girl, I want to see strategy, goals, how were going to get there, the plan. You start pulling in how exactly how you’re going to go about achieving this big idea. Making this big idea more than an idea more than a dream, how are we going to make this big idea a reality? I think busyness is an impediment to thinking big. I think you have to stop what you’re doing and intentionally focus on what do I need to in the future to stay competitive? What do we need to innovate? How do we need to be come technically more savvy or sophisticated? Do things more effetely? I think you have to make time to think big. You have to take time, put your pencil down from day to day or walk away from your desk. It has to be something on your to do list that you’re going to do when you are not doing 5 other things. When we started this bank one of the things that I was really passionate about was building something meaningful from the inside out. I really feel like todays consumer is very savvy, you can’t sell what isn’t there. If we really get it right with each and every person from the inside, then we will easily be able to sell what it is we re trying to sell to the outside. And I hope the teller in our downtown office stands for exactly the same thing I stand for, exactly the same thing this bank stands for: competency, quick response time, compassion. I feel comfortable saying, we’ve made it through a really tough economy so I’ve spent the last five years, one by one, trying to work through with each and every customer, each and every loan, trying to get them to the other side. You know help every single customer survive. We have been very blessed here, even though we have been through a hard time, it is our responsibility to give back and when you give back so much comes back to you. It pays dividends in corporate returns and it pays dividends in personal gratification.