When not at his Sanibel office in Lee County’s oldest community bank, Edison National Bank CEO Geoff Roepstorff, a committed environmentalist, can often be found hunting invasive pythons deep in the Everglades.
He recently completed the 2021 Python Challenge, the goal of which is to remove invasive Burmese pythons from Florida’s ecosystem. Participants register in two categories, novice or professional, and competitors can earn prizes ranging up to the $10,000 Grand Prize.
“It’s great to see my fellow hunters participating in this competition, but there’s a serious purpose that brings me to the Python Challenge,” said Roepstorff. “As a lifelong Floridian, I want to help my state government to exercise stewardship over the Everglades and the native species in that habitat. This python elimination program is essential for protecting the native wildlife we cherish.”
For a fun article on how Geoff and fellow Edison National Bank founder — and wife — Robbie Roepstorff spend their weekends (and romantic occasions) tracking down and removing pythons from the Everglades, click here!