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Citizens Bank & Trust Extends Family-Owned Bank into Hillsborough, Pasco Counties

LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust announced today that an agreement is in place with Hillsboro Bank to acquire its Valrico and Dade City offices. The offices are located in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, respectively. This move will represent the first expansion outside Polk County, Florida for Citizens Bank & Trust. “For over […]
100 Days of Giving Initiative Recap

100 Days of Giving Initiative Recap

As part of our 100-year anniversary celebration, Citizens Bank & Trust was pleased to provide an opportunity for 29 qualified Polk County non-profit organizations to benefit from part of a $100,000 grant fund through our 100 Days of Giving Initiative. “Polk County is our home, and we strongly believe that it is our responsibility to […]
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Citizens Bank & Trust Shifts Management Roles

LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust has adjusted some of its management roles at the bank’s corporate level. “As we continually evaluate successful leadership and management potential in numerous roles here at the bank, these individuals have more than earned these designations and we thank them for their contributions and dedication,” said Citizens […]
Lyndsey Novotny

Lyndsey Novotny Joins Citizens Bank & Trust as Vice President and Haines City Office Manager

LAKELAND, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust Lyndsey Novotny has been hired as Vice President / Office Manager for the Haines City Office. Ms. Novotny brings over 21 years of experience in the banking industry to her new role, having served in a variety of business development and management positions. Ms. Novotny enjoys spending time with […]
Marianne George

Marianne George Joins Citizens Bank & Trust as Assistant Vice President and Marketing Director

Lake Wales, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust Citizens Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of Marianne George as Assistant Vice President and Marketing Director. As Marketing Director, Marianne will be the bank liaison with long-time agency of record and brand management partner, Tinsley Creative. Ms. George has more than 25 years […]
100 Days of Giving

Citizens Bank & Trust Announces $100,000 Grant Fund 100 Days of Giving: Assisting Local Non-Profits Serving Polk County

LAKE WALES, FL – As part of its 100-year anniversary celebration, Citizens Bank & Trust is pleased to announce 100 Days of Giving, an opportunity for qualified Polk County non-profit organizations to apply for part of a $100,000 grant fund. Since 1920, Citizens Bank & Trust and its employees have been loyal partners with the […]
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Blood Donation

Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Citizens Bank & Trust’s South Lakeland location. 5850 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, FL 33813 All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood T-Shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! To make an appointment, please visit and […]
Small Business Relief

Over $100 Million in Small Business Relief in Polk County

It has been an honor to serve the small business community during this time of urgent need. Citizens Bank & Trust has processed and obtained approval for nearly 700 loans through the SBA’s PPP lending program totaling 90 million dollars. We were able to meet the needs of our customers, as well as many other […]
COVID-19 Update

Transitioning Operations to Drive-Thru

A message from our President / CEO, Greg Littleton     The health, safety and security of our customers and employees is our top priority. Keeping that commitment top of mind, we will be transitioning our branch operations to drive-thru only beginning Monday, March 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but assure […]

In Response to COVID-19

Just like many of you, we are also closely monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). The health and safety of our customers, employees and communities are of the utmost importance. While we are open for business as usual and are ready to serve your financial needs, we do have additional safety procedures now in […]
Brian Yates

Brian Yates joins Citizens Bank & Trust as Sr. VP/Small Business Lending Director

LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Yates as Senior Vice President and Small Business Director. As Small Business Director, Brian will be responsible for helping to establish and implement a small business lending unit for the bank. Brian will be responsible for managing business development […]


Lakeland, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust, is excited to announce the newest members recently added to the Lakeland Advisory Board “Citizens Bank & Trust is fortunate to have this outstanding group of Lakeland Business Leaders join our team. We are truly thankful for the knowledge and experience that they each offer our bank as […]

Citizens Bank & Trust Named Official Bank of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County

LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is pleased to announce a community partnership with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County. “We are so excited and proud to announce this newly formed partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County. The Boys & Girls Clubs play such an important role in […]
Management Changes

Citizens Bank & Trust Shifts Roles; Makes New Hire

LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is pleased to announce changes to our mortgage lending team and two new office managers. Amanda Ambrose Hurles, former VP Office Manager at the Winterset Branch has been named VP Residential Lending Officer. Amanda will now be based out of the Lake Wales Office. Vaughn McAshan, VP […]
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Ft. Meade, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is excited to announce the members of their newly formed Ft. Meade Advisory Board. “BB&T recently announced plans to close their Ft. Meade location, leaving Citizens Bank & Trust as the only bank in the community. We want it known that we are committed to serving the […]
South Lakeland Ground Breaking

Ground-breaking Ceremony for South Lakeland Office

Citizens Bank & Trust was excited to host a ground-breaking ceremony this morning for their newest office which will be located in South Lakeland. The South Lakeland location will be joining the Bank’s 13 other offices, located in: Auburndale, Bartow, Chalet Suzanne Road, Downtown Lakeland, Dundee, Edgewood, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Schalamar […]
Best of the Best

Best of the Best

We are so honored to have been named Best Bank for the third year in a row at last night’s The Ledger’s Best of the Best awards. We are proud to be your bank.
Bankers Cup Award

Bankers Cup Award

Congratulations to our President, Greg Littleton, and one of our favorite friends, Chris Hazelwood, on being honored with the Bankers Cup award last night. As Man and Woman of the Year, they received Winter Haven’s highest honor in recognition of their many years of community service and leadership. We are so proud of both of […]

Business After Hours, Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge, Jeep & Ram

2018 Business After Hours – Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, 8/21/18 2018 Business After Hours – Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, 8/21/18 Name: 2018 Business After Hours – Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, 8/21/18 Date: August 21, 2018 Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT Website: Registration: Register […]

Greg Littleton

Greg Littleton was born in Winter Haven and grew up in Auburndale. His story isn’t one about someone who came to Central Florida for good weather, or about the person that moves somewhere new and ends up coming back home to Polk County. His parents each moved here as teens, with their families, and never […]

Maxcy Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Maxcy Foundation has awarded scholarships to Layton Bracey, Calvary Baptist Church Academy; Alex Fagan, Lakeland High; Courtney Lofgren, McKeel Academy; Zach Marbutt, Lake Wales High; Ross Persichetti, Auburndale High, and Elli Winfree, Lake Wales High. To qualify for the scholarships, an applicant must be a Polk County graduating senior with a 2.5 minimum GPA. […]

19th Annual Citizens Bank & Trust Luau After Hours

Enjoy an evening of sampling, sipping, and mingling! Every April, Citizens Bank & Trust hosts the Luau, held "on the deck" at Citizens Bank & Trust Downtown, to celebrate and thank loyal investors. This year, the Lakeland Chamber and Citizens Bank & Trust celebrate our 19th year! A party atmosphere, with food samples, live music, photo booth by Well Done Events, and complimentary beverages courtesy of Bernie Little Distributors and Tucker's Southside. To register and for more information please visit

Wesley Barnett Joins the Citizens Bank & Trust Board

LAKELAND, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is excited to announce that Wesley Barnett, of Lakeland Hospitality Group, is joining their Board of Directors. Wesley Barnett is a native of Lakeland, the son of Carol and Barney Barnett. He graduated from All Saints Academy in Winter Haven in 2004 and then went on to earn […]

CB&T’s Executive VP / Chief Operating Officer, Weymon Snuggs, Introduced as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Citizens Bank & Trust’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Weymon Snuggs, was introduced as the chairman of the board of directors for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce at their annual meeting on January 24th. His upcoming Chamber service will be another milestone in addition to his previous 20 years of service to the […]

Citizens Bank & Trust Wins Philanthropic Corporation of the Year

LAKELAND, FL – The Greater Polk County Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day by recognizing and honoring individuals and organizations who make their work in philanthropy enjoyable and allow organizations to strive toward their mission. The AFP Greater Polk County Chapter sponsors an annual awards program to recognize the outstanding […]

Citizens Bank & Trust wins the 2017 Champions Cup as Community Service Business of the Year

The Champions Cup and Spirit of Bartow Awards are given by The Bartow Chamber of Commerce and BEDC to recognize and honor businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices and have a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community. Champions Cup categories include: Emerging Business of the Year, Community Service […]

Citizens Bank & Trust was Recognized as an Employer of Distinction

Citizens Bank & Trust was recognized as an Employer of Distinction at the CareerSource Polk Best Places to Work Annual Meeting. Congratulations to all the winners. Polk County has the Best Employers and we believe CB&T has the Best Employees!

Steve McCullough Graduates from Leadership Winter Haven

Congratulations to Steve McCullough, Residential Mortgage Manager, on graduating from Leadership Winter Haven Class 37. Steve is shown here with Donna Sheehan, who served as chairman of this year’s class.

Chad Tagtow, Receives the Polk Emerging Leader award

We are very proud of our Chief Information Officer, Chad Tagtow, for receiving the Polk Emerging Leader award last night. The award is presented by the three young professional organizations in Polk County, (Emerge, Endeavor and Engage) in recognition of service to the community. Chad is pictured here with three of his CB&T co-workers who […]

Easy Access

Our Mobile Banking Services provide 24/7 access to your Citizens Bank & Trust accounts through your tablet or smartphone. This gives you the ability to conveniently pay your bills, check your balances, make transfers, deposit checks and much more while on the go.