PHILIPSBURG - CIBC FirstCaribbean on MondayMay 15th, celebrated its employees and clients as it marked Employee and Client Appreciation Day.
In the past, they took place on separate days, but this year there’s a compelling reason for having them together. May 15th marked 150 years of the existence of its parent company, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
The organization worldwide marked this special occasion by celebrating the two pillars of its business, its employees and clients.
CIBC FirstCaribbean St. Maarten employees were treated to breakfast, massages and received tokens of appreciation.
In additional to having fun taking photos at the photo booth, clients and staff were also able to have their glucose and blood pressure checked by the Diabetes Foundation.
CIBC has been in the Caribbean since 1920. The first CIBC branches in the West Indies were established in Bridgetown, Barbados and in Kingston, Jamaica. Branches were also opened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Havana, Cuba, the same year.
The bank’s history in this part of the world, while not quite as long as in Canada, is rich and expansive across the region. FirstCaribbean International Bank was formed in 2002 with the merger of CIBC West Indies Holdings and Barclays Bank PLC Caribbean operations. In December 2006, CIBC acquired the Barclays share and became the majority shareholder in FirstCaribbean.
On June 20, 2011 the bank became co-branded under the CIBC banner, adopting the branding CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.