28 Dec Member Spotlight: Cynthia Perrick Ramirez
For six years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as Executive Director of FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Our mission is to engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools. Prior to joining FUTURES in a paid position, I served as a volunteer Board Member, past president and Take Stock in Children mentor.
My career progression included being hired as a clerk typist during my senior year in high school by The Daytona Beach News-Journal. This after-school, part-time position quickly became a full-time position following graduation and actually led me to BPW. I was given the opportunity to write feature stories on area organizations so when DeLand BPW delivered a meeting notice, I asked if I could attend to write about the club. From that night on, the ladies of DeLand BPW took me under their wings. That was 1985 when I was a mere 23-year-old not knowing exactly where life would lead me. Although I had earned my AA degree and taken a few courses at Stetson University, I was no longer attending Stetson. These amazing ladies encouraged me to return to Stetson and granted me several scholarships along the way. I was mesmerized by the history of BPW and the stories of the equity battles they fought on our behalf. I always looked forward to the local organization (LO) meetings, district conferences, and mid-year and state conferences. They always assisted with paying a portion of the conference fees, which allowed me to attend as I was on a tight budget. Although this LO no longer exists, I have been a longtime member of BPW/Halifax. I cherish the memories and statewide friendships created through my 35-year BPW membership.
In 1988, I graduated from Stetson University with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration and entered the world of banking as a Management Associate at Barnett Bank. Throughout my 17-year banking career at Barnett, which merged with Bank of America, I worked diligently in this male-dominated industry to progress and in 2004 was named BOA’s Market President of Volusia, Flagler & Putnam Counties. In 2005, I was pursued to join a start-up bank as their Volusia County Area President. This new adventure offered me a new community banking experience and at Florida Capital Bank we exceled for several years until the recession took its toll. After eight years, my position was eliminated, and I took seven months off to reflect. I had been working full-time since age 18, so these restful months were a blessing to reflect. When God closes one door, he opens another. In spring 2014, the executive director position opened at FUTURES, which I saw as God’s cue to apply my talents in another arena for an organization near and dear to me.
I’ve had the privilege of traveling the world with my husband of 26 years Benny and we have our dog Mark.
Twitter: @CPerrickRamirez, @Futures_Inc and @TSICVolusia