Julie KleffelExecutive Vice President / Commercial Sales Leader
Julie Kleffel is BankFIRST's Executive Vice President and Commercial Sales Leader. Kleffel has been employed with BankFIRST since 2000, and is responsible for overseeing all the performance sales functions for the bank. She has over 16 years of overall banking experience. Prior to joining BankFIRST, she was a Vice President of AmSouth Bank in Orlando, Florida.

As a fourth generation Central Florida native, Kleffel has strong ties to the community. She has served for several years as an Executive Director and is a Past Chairman for the West Orange County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with the recent distinction as Lifetime Director of the organization. She also serves as an Executive Director and Past President for the West Orange Committee One Hundred and One, is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Roper YMCA, is a member of the Finance Committee for Central Florida YMCA, and previously served as an Advisory Board Member for Westside Tech's ESOL program, Green Sky Growers, as well as the Oakland Park Foundation Board. She has been an active Junior Achievement volunteer for many years and was named the Volunteer of the Year for the organization in 2003. Julie is proud alumna of Leadership West Orange and was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of their "Up and Comers" in May 2002. Most recently, Ms. Kleffel was nominated to the Central Florida Women's League.

A graduate of the American Bankers Association National and Graduate Commercial Lending Schools, Kleffel has also received the prestigious "Certified Lender Business Banker" designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers. She completed her professional education by graduating with distinction from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 2009. Her graduate Capstone Strategic Project, "Implementing a Performance Sales Culture and Accountability System at BankFIRST" was published by the American Bankers Association immediately following her graduation. As a result of her outstanding achievements, she now serves as Capstone Advisor for the school. As a parent and advocate for special needs children, Julie is an active member of the Central Florida Down Syndrome Association, as well as the Down Syndrome Foundation.

Kleffel is a native Floridian and currently resides in Longwood, Florida with her beautiful daughter, Faith.