About Us

Banesco USA was founded January 10th, 2006 to offer banking services and solutions to business owners, their families and consumers within the communities we serve. Our mission is to provide the best and safest banking experience protected by the latest technology to make banking more convenient to our customers. Our team of dedicated and experienced relationship bankers are committed to offering our customers the personalized service they deserve.

With four business centers in South Florida - Coral Gables, Doral, Hialeah and Weston - and one in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Banesco USA is insured by the FDIC and holds a 5-star rating from the Bauer Financial rating service.

Banesco USA is part of Banesco International, a worldwide group of financial institutions with presence in 15 countries. The largest bank by assets of the group is the Spanish bank Abanca, with $62 billion.

Banesco USA is a Florida state chartered bank regulated by the Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) and completely independent of Banesco in other countries.

Values

Everything we do is rooted in the following values:

We respond to our obligations with accuracy and passion.

We stand by our commitment.

We use our time wisely.

We give the best to everyone.

We tell the truth under any circumstance.

We respond honestly.

We acknowledge our mistakes.

We ask for assistance when necessary.

We perform every task with the utmost care.

We intend to be the best.

We strive to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders.

We are visionary. Offering new solutions.

We seek ideas and technologies that promote change.

Our Team

Our team is our biggest asset. They know our customers and are able to provide the service that best meets their needs. Get to know us, too!

Board of Directors

Carlos Palomares

Chairman of the Board

Banking executive with over 40 years experience in U.S. and international financial markets. Former Chairman of Miami Dade County’s Beacon Council. Member of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Executive Committee. Graduate of New York University.

Jorge Salas

President & CEO

Banking executive with extensive experience as an international banker and a member of the Banesco Group for 18 years. Graduate of Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas and the University of Chicago.

Seno Bril

Director

Has more than 40 years of experience in senior management roles in investment banking, wealth management and in the consumer financial services industry in the U.S. and international markets. Graduate of the Institute of International Studies in Geneva and Past Chairman of FIBA (Florida International Bankers Association).

Francisco J. Paredes

Director

Retired Senior Partner of Deloitte & Touche, LLP with Regional Executive responsibilities for Latin America and the Caribbean. 40 years of public accounting experience serving domestic and International clients in diversified industries and with transactions in the capital markets. Former Chairman of the State of Florida Board of Accountancy. Graduate of Florida State University.

Juan Carlos Escotet Alviarez

Director

Member of the Loan, Risk, Audit, Marketing and ALCO committees. Director of Banesco International Corporation. Vast experience in Real Estate development in the Miami area. Graduate of the University of Miami.

Miguel Ángel Marcano

Director

Banking executive with extensive experience in the financial sector. Graduate of Andrés Bello Catholic University and FIU, Miami. Accredited by the National Securities Commission as a Public Securities Broker. Director of the Venezuelan Public Securities Brokerage Houses Association.

Mario Oliva

Director

Executive with extensive experience in planning, evaluation, and implementing strategies. Corporate Credit Chief Officer at Banesco USA. Oversees Process Re-engineering as the Operations Excellence Director at Santander Bank, N.A. Graduate of Universidad Católica Andres Bello.

Patricia Hernandez

Director

A founding partner of Miami based law firm ARHMF, Patricia Hernandez focuses on corporate and financial services, particularly in counseling businesses, including banks and financial services companies. Hernandez has extensive experience in representing domestic and international financial institutions and other financial businesses in all aspects of regulatory, compliance, lending, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional matters.

At Banesco USA, we strive to build strong long-lasting relationships with our clients. We want to get to know you so we can truly understand your needs.

Executive Management

Jorge Salas

President & CEO

Mr. Salas has extensive experience as an international banker and has been a member of the Banesco Group for 18 years. A former executive with the Inter-American Investment Corporation, Mr. Salas holds Masters degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Mercedes Escotet

Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Escotet is responsible for directing Banesco’s overall financial, accounting, budget, credit, tax, and treasury functions, as well as serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Alba Préstamo

Executive Vice-President, Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Prestamo brings over 37 years of experience, with vast expertise in risk management, which includes overseeing the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering compliance.

Leticia Pino

Executive Vice-President, Operations & Administrative Officer

Ms. Pino currently brings over 35 years of experience from both international and domestic operations. She is responsible for the daily operations of the Bank as well as Human Resources and other administrative areas.

Maritza Abadía

Executive Vice-President, Puerto Rico Country Manager

Ms. Abadia is a professional banker and certified public accountant with more than 35 years experience in Corporate Banking.

Luis A. Grau

Senior Vice-President, Head of International

Mr. Grau is responsible for the relationship with all International Customers. Mr. Grau applies his expertise in International Markets to provide clients with financial solutions that are aligned with the values of Banesco USA.

José E. López

Senior Vice-President, Head of SMB Lending & Branches

Mr. Lopez brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the retail banking sector and a Degree in Education. He is in charge of the daily operations of the branches, as well as, the Small Business and Business Banking units.

Michel Vogel

Senior Vice-President, Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Vogel has over 15 years of lending and credit experience in South Florida. He is responsible for the areas of Credit Administration and Loan Operations.

Julio Valle

Executive Vice-President, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Valle has over 20 years of experience in technology and 15 focused on financial institutions. He currently leads the bank's technical operations, business intelligence, and innovative projects.

Kenneth Schoeni

Senior Vice-President, Chief Risk Officer

Mr. Schoeni is the Chief Risk Officer of Banesco USA, has held positions in enterprise risk management, BSA/AML analytics, and corporate development. Prior to joining Banesco USA in 2012, Mr. Schoeni worked in investment banking in New York at Lazard Middle Market and Sandler O’Neill. Mr. Schoeni holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Gustavo Rengifo

VP, Head of Customer Experience

Mr. Rengifo is responsible for all non-traditional customer channels of the bank including Electronic Banking & Cash Management, Client Care Center and Marketing. he currently leads customer experience and innovation focused projects. Mr. Rengifo holds Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.

Rafael Navarro

Vice-President, Strategic Planning Officer

Mr. Navarro is responsible for the strategic planning and project management unit. In his role of strategist, he assures the bank is aligned and focused on its priorities. He brings advanced analytical skills and a continuous improvement mindset to the bank. Before joining Banesco USA, he worked for 4 years at Banesco International as a Strategic Planning Consultant supporting all affiliates of the Banesco Group in their Strategic Planning Process. Rafael has an Engineering Degree and holds an MBA Degree with a Finance Concentration from Babson College where he graduated Magnacumlaude.

Lending

Amelia C. Rodriguez

SVP, Corporate Lending Team Leader

Ana Lorenzo

SVP, Trade Finance Lender

Hector Peña

VP, Lending Officer

Lourdes Escarza

VP Consumer Lending Officer

Martha S. Tabio

SVP Construction Loan Division

Juan Babani

SVP, Commercial Lending Team Leader

Jaime Paucar

AVP, Commercial Lending Officer

Hasel Villoch

AVP, Commercial Lending Officer

Branches

Jose E. Gonzalez

VP, Business Banker

Rogelio Obeso

SVP, Market Leader Coral Gables

Luis Gonzalez

VP, Market Leader Hialeah

Reynaldo Perera

VP, Business Banker

Jesse Herrera

VP, Business Banker

Jesse Suarez

VP, Business Banker Team Leader

Sergio Pinto

VP, Business Banker

Susana Sangiovanni

VP, Market Leader Weston

International

Luis Pereda

VP, International Regional Manager

Nelisa Chacín

AVP, International Account Officer

Manuel Rivas-Requena

International Account Officer

Karel Raydan

AVP, International Account Officer

Maria De Lourdes Rivera

International Account Officer

Natahly Bermudez

International Account Officer

Puerto Rico Branch Staff

Francisco Portero

VP, Comercial Lender

Maria Mercedes Norcisa

VP, Commercial Lender

Leonardo Maldonado

VP, Commercial Lender

PUERTO RICO

Brenda Liz Lozada VP, Operations And Financial Reporting Manager
Francisco Portero VP, Comercial Lending
Maria Mercedes Norcisa VP, Commercial Lender
Leonardo Maldonado VP, Commercial Lender
Aury Trinidad VP, Credit Manager

Our Community

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Banesco Stories

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