Archive for October, 2011

Tampa jobs in the spotlight

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

A new survey has highlighted the improvement of employee retention at Tampa jobs.

Results are mixed for Florida

Progressive hiring for customer service jobs in Tampa

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Progressive said this week it is recruiting for customer service jobs in Tampa.

Flexible work arrangements, including working from home and compressed work weeks; performance bonuses; a casual dress code; on-site medical facilities for employees and their families; and fitness centers are just some of the amenities that make Progressive car insurance a popular employer in the Tampa Bay region.

Now, Progressive, one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay according to the St. Petersburg Times, plans to fill 130 positions in sales, service, and claims at its Riverview contact center by the end of December 2011.

The announcement means more Florida jobs.

“People stay at Progressive because they are happy,” said Katie Koch, recruiting director at Progressive. “We provide employees with opportunities that make it easy to grow and succeed, and our culture offers them the flexibility to balance the demands of home and work. For example, more than 7,100 people took advantage of our health clinics in 2010 and nearly 20 percent of our employees have memberships to our on-site fitness centers.”

Phone representatives will sell policies, answer customer questions, or help customers file claims after car accidents. The jobs require work experience in a customer service environment and a stable work history.

All positions offer paid training. In addition, employees also receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

Finance jobs in Tampa could be trimmed

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

According to a new survey, finance jobs in Tampa could quite possibly get cut by next year.

Employers announced plans to shed 115,730 workers from their payrolls in September, making it the worst jobcut month in over two years. Heavy reductions planned by the military accounted for a large portion of September job cuts, signaling what may lie ahead as the federal government seeks across-the-board cuts in spending.

September job cuts were 126 percent higher than the 51,114 announced in August, according to the latest report on monthly job cuts released Wednesday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. They were 212 percent higher than September 2010, when employers announced just 37,151 job cuts. Last month

Bank hires for finance jobs in Tampa

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

A local bank has announced a key hire for finance jobs in Tampa.

Community Bank & Company announced today that Rita J. Lowman has joined the bank as Executive Vice President, Retail Banking Executive and Chief Compliance Officer. In addition to being responsible for the profitability and growth of the bank’s existing 17 branches, association lockbox services, and treasury management services, she will be the bank’s leading compliance executive.

The news is key for boosting jobs in Florida.

“We are excited to welcome Rita to Community Bank. She is a proven banking executive whose experience and leadership will be instrumental in achieving our goal of becoming the best bank in the Tampa Bay area,” said Katie Pemble, the bank’s President and Director.

Prior to joining Community Bank, Lowman was with American Momentum Bank where she served most recently as Executive Vice President and Senior Compliance Officer, and previously as Retail Banking Executive. She has been in Florida banking for over 25 years and has held the position of Executive Vice President/Retail Executive with Regions Bank and Republic Bank. Rita was with Bank of America for 16 years serving as the State’s Administration Executive responsible for the management of numerous acquisitions including the NationsBank/Barnett merger. She then was named Consumer Executive for the West Coast of Florida responsible for 100 banking centers, 1000 associates and $5.2 billion in deposits.

Director Trevor Burgess noted, “Rita Lowman is an excellent addition to our executive team and brings with her the experience, enthusiasm and intellect that is so important for a thriving organization like Community Bank.”

Lowman is involved in the community currently serving as the Chair Elect for the American Cancer Society of Hillsborough County’s Operating Board of Directors. She is also the 2012 Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. Rita has served on the Government Relations Board of the Florida Bankers Association and is Past Chairman of the FBA’s Education Foundation and still sits on the Foundation Board.