Vice president and bank manager, Florida Community Bank
Fort Myers-born Luis Cartagena has held the role of vice president/branch manager of Florida Community Bank’s Immokalee banking center for the past four years. In that capacity, he leads the largest retail team in the company’s footprint. However, Cartagena’s beginnings were humble.
He remembers not being able to receive help from his parents in school due to their lack of education and working his way up from a part-time bank teller to the position he’s in now. Today, he’s focused on helping children break the cycle of poverty, just as he did.
Cartagena is a member of The Immokalee Foundation (TIF) board of directors, and through the program he’s conducted networking sessions for high school seniors and prepared them to meet Southwest Florida business leaders. He currently mentors two high school students—Elizay Bravo and Lodjina Louis—and stays in contact with his previous mentee, who’s now in college. Last year, he delivered the keynote address at TIF’s graduation celebration at Ave Maria University. He’s since inspired some of his colleagues to become TIF supporters and Florida Community Bank to be a past presenting sponsor of the foundation’s Charity Classic Celebration.
Cartagena is an accomplished musician and signer, who made it through a series of The Voice callback auditions prior to airing. He has three sons: Trey, Jayden, and Xavier.