BBVA Compass CEO Sanchez honored as Houston Hispanic Chamber's Male Executive of the Year

- He accepted award Saturday night at chamber's annual gala

- Houston's is the largest Hispanic chamber of commerce in the country

Nov 16, 2015, 17:42 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez as its Hispanic Male Executive of the Year on Saturday night at its annual gala, the city's largest gathering to celebrate Hispanic business leaders.

Sanchez has been at the helm as BBVA Compass transformed itself into one of the more aggressive digital challengers in banking while also landing at No. 1 on American Banker's reputation ranking of the top 25 banks. Under his leadership, BBVA Compass has grown market share inside its Sunbelt footprint and expanded nationally through the opening of loan production offices. BBVA Compass ranks as the 4th-largest bank in Houston by deposit market share.

"Houston and its rich Hispanic business community are central to our success, so this is a great honor," Sanchez said. "We owe a debt of gratitude to the city for its energy and its incredible diversity, which are propelling us in ways big and small as we set our sights on leading the transformation taking place in the financial industry."

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the Hispanic business community. It represents approximately 180,000 Hispanic businesses in the Greater Houston region and is the largest Hispanic chamber in the country.

BBVA Compass served as the underwriter for Saturday night's gala, which was held at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and honored a slate of other business executives as well.

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 the 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 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. 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 (4th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration, and its mobile app recently earned the Mobile Banking Leader in Functionality Award for the second consecutive year from Javelin Strategy & Research. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting

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

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