Erik Vatter | President, Bank of America Sarasota-Manatee
Our team is committed to Sarasota-Manatee. This is our home, and we will only have sustained success if the people and businesses of our community succeed.
Sarasota-Manatee is your home. It’s ours, too.
We are committed to helping our communities thrive - dedicating our resources to address the issues that matter most in each community where we live and work.
Turn financial knowledge into action
At Bank of America, we invest in the communities we serve. We’re not just here to help with your everyday banking. We’re here to help you go further, by providing banking solutions, powerful tools and financial education resources like Better Money Habits®.
Everyday dedication meets everyday appreciation
We continue to invest in our employees with initiatives like Sharing Success, which awarded 96% of colleagues additional compensation this year, nearly all in stock. This is the sixth time teammates received this award, totaling more than $4 billion. We are committed to being a Great Place to Work for our teammates locally and around the globe including providing leading benefits, minimum wage at $22/hr on track to $25/hr by 2025 and opportunities to build a career with us.See how we put people first
We're investing in women
Our ongoing work to invest in women includes how we support them as they make meaningful contributions within our company and in our communities.
For us, it's critical to how we drive responsible growth and deliver for our shareholders and society.Read about our commitment
Another boost in the fight against hunger in Sarasota-Manatee
We're committed to supporting our employees' health and safety and to addressing our local communities' most critical needs. That's why we've donated to local hunger-relief organizations on behalf of each employee who received a COVID-19 vaccine or booster and/or a flu shot.* In addition, employees are doubling the impact of their personal donations to fight hunger with our matching gifts program.
Through this effort, our team in Sarasota-Manatee recently presented Feeding Empty Little Tummies with a check for $25,000. We're proud to be able to help our community as we work together to move forward.
Let’s build something together
In Sarasota-Manatee, the bank’s work is connecting individuals, families, and businesses to resources that make their financial lives better. Whether it’s supporting local non-profit organizations that help make an impact or lending to small businesses that are critical to our economy, we are committed to keeping our community healthy, strong and connected. One way we are supporting individuals and businesses in our community is by investing in education and workforce programs that prepare people with job skills necessary to succeed long term. We are also committed to sustaining economic mobility through support of affordable housing and financial education. By partnering with local leaders like Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CareerEdge and Habitat for Humanity, we are strengthening our collective impact to drive economic mobility for everyone in Sarasota-Manatee.
Lifting the spirits — and creating opportunities — for women in Florida
For more than 40 years, the Women’s Resource Center on the Gulf Coast of Florida has been fulfilling its mission to empower women and help them lead independent lives. When women visit one of the three centers in Sarasota, Bradenton or Venice, the staff connects them with local resources that may range from employment coaching to clothes for a job interview. For those who face challenges getting to a center — such as lack of childcare or transportation — the Women’s Resource Center operates an outreach program called Project Uplift that offers support services including career counseling, mentoring, and financial education.
CareerEdge bridges skills gap in Southwest Florida
The CareerEdge program pursues two goals: Help local businesses in Southwest Florida fill critical gaps in their workforce and prepare local residents for in-demand, higher-paying jobs in fields like health care, manufacturing, plumbing and other skilled trades through on-the-job training, classwork and scholarships. Because of this initiative created in 2010 by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, some 6,000 workers have been trained for skilled trades, and more than 8,000 have earned degrees or certifications that help secure better-paying jobs. To date, the program boasts a nearly 100% placement rate. Bank of America is a proud founding funder and has donated $200,000 to help CareerEdge make a powerful impact, which includes a new Where Are the Jobs? guide published in partnership with two Local College Access Network organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Meet the Neighborhood Builders: Racial Equality Award recipients
The power of the arts
At Bank of America, we believe in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, educate and enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding. That’s why we’re helping the arts flourish in communities across the globe.Explore our commitment
Find a location
Whether you have everyday financial needs or more complex ones, our experienced specialists can help at locations around your city. Find a location and make an appointment to talk with us.
We remain committed to supporting you with your financial needs during the health crisis. Our top priority is the health and safety of our clients and teammates. We encourage visitors wear face coverings when visiting our centers.
In some locations, you may be required to wear a face covering to enter, in alignment with local ordinances.
We make customers our first priority.
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*Donations in each market reflect $50 per employee who recorded their booster, $50 per employee who received their flu shot, and an additional company contribution. Vaccination boosters and vaccination reporting are voluntary.