BBVA Compass executive named to Houston Business Journal's '40 Under 40' list

-- Architect led the design of the bank's new open workspace in Houston

-- Publication received 400 nominations for annual honor

Nov 01, 2013, 13:23 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Andres Cueto, BBVA Compass' director of new distribution models, has been selected as a member of the Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.

Cueto, 39, was recognized in part for his work as the bank's architect for BBVA Compass Plaza, the 22-story tower that opened earlier this year in Houston's Galleria area. In lieu of traditional offices, the building boasts modern, innovative open workspaces that encourage collaboration. Cueto is now in charge of helping to bring that level of innovation out to the bank's network of retail branches.

"Andres was instrumental in delivering on our vision of creating a workspace where employees could be mobile and collaborate in different settings," said Troy Lindsey, director of real estate for BBVA Compass. "He reinvented our corporate spaces and now he's helping us reinvent our retail spaces."

The Mexico City native also volunteers for several Houston arts, business and civic organizations. His inclusion in the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013 underscores the growing role played by BBVA Compass employees in the communities the bank serves.

Now in its fifth year, the Houston Business Journal's designation is bestowed upon young professionals who contribute to their companies, industries and communities in an impressive way. Its panel of judges received almost 400 applications before selecting the 40 honorees.

The list of 39 other winners can be found on the Houston Business Journal website.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, 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. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that 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. BBVA Compass 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. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, member FDIC.