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Roberto Muñoz, South Florida Market President. Photo Arquimedes Trujillo
Civic leader and business executive Marielena Villamil has joined BBVA Compass’ South Florida advisory board, adding a sixth voice to the panel as the bank builds its presence in the market. Ms. Villamil is the cofounder and president of The Washington Economics Group Inc. (WEG), a Coral Gables, Florida-based consulting firm that provides its clients —decision makers across the US and in Latin America—
with expert economic analysis and insight, as well as critical data and research on target markets.
“We are proud to have local market experts like Marielena on our board,” said Roberto R. Muñoz, South Florida Market President for BBVA Compass.
In addition to her considerable experience in governmental relations, the management of economic consulting services and in the education and training of multi-cultural/multilingual workforces, Ms. Villamil also brings to the BBVA board her extensive and high level contacts in the corporate, public-sector and educational communities of Florida, Washington, DC and Latin America.
Marielena Villamil serves on several community boards, such as the District Board of Trustees of Miami-Dade College, the South Florida Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the Coral Gables Community Foundation, and the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys. She earned her master’s degree from Vermont’s Middlebury College and her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans.
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution and a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA. Founded in 1857, BBVA is a customer-
centric global financial services group with a solid position in Spain. It is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage.
“We are proud to have local market experts like Marielena on our board,” — Roberto R. Muñoz, South Florida Market President for BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass operates 688 branches, including 352 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. It ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. More information can be found at www.bbvacompass.com
The five other members of BBVA Compass’ South Florida advisory board are: Jeb Bush Jr., managing partner of Jeb Bush & Associates LLC and president of Bush Realty LLC; Mike Valdés-Fauli, president of JeffreyGroup; Alberto I. de Cárdenas, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Mastec Inc.; Hank Klein, vice chairman of Blanca Commercial Real Estate; and Raoul R. Thomas, group chief executive officer of CGI Merchant Group.
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