BBVA Compass appoints sixth member to its South Florida advisory board

- Marielena Villamil is cofounder of The Washington Economics Group Inc.

- Business and civic leader a market expert

Oct 25, 2013, 13:28 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

Villamil is the cofounder and president of Coral Gables, Fla.-based The Washington Economics Group Inc., an economics consulting firm. Villamil, who serves on several community boards, earned her master's degree from Vermont's Middlebury College and her bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans.

"We are proud to have local market experts like Marielena on our board," said BBVA Compass South Florida Market President Roberto R. Munoz.

Villamil is the sixth member of the board formed last year after BBVA Compass opened a loan production office in Miami. She joins Jeb Bush Jr., managing partner of Jeb Bush & Associates LLC and president of Bush Realty LLC; Mike Valdes-Fauli, president of JeffreyGroup; Alberto I. de Cardenas, 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.

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.