HOUSTON, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass and Kealia Ohai came to terms on a new deal last week to officially appoint the Houston Dash forward as the bank's newest brand ambassador.
"I am very excited and honored to begin this partnership with BBVA Compass," said Ohai. "I love the city of Houston and I'm thrilled to work with BBVA Compass which shares my passion to make a difference in the community. I can't wait to get started and help create as many bright experiences for people as possible."
As a brand ambassador, Ohai will represent BBVA Compass in advertisements, community involvement activities and speaking engagements, including events during the bank's "Year of Opportunity for Small Business" initiative. The announcement also comes on the heels of BBVA Compass Stadium's five-year anniversary, commemorating the bank's involvement with the Dynamo, Dash and East End community.
"Kealia represents exactly what the bank stands for and the mission we have of creating opportunities for bright futures," said Chief Marketing and Digital Sales Officer Jennifer Dominiquini. "As a player, with so many accomplishments under her belt at a young age, she has a bright future ahead of her. As our brand ambassador, she's going to help us create both opportunities and bright futures for Houston's soccer fans, communities and people who plant their roots in this vibrant city."
Ohai's lengthy resume on the pitch includes being selected by the Dash with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, and holding the distinction of fastest debut goal for the U.S. women's national team, scoring 48 seconds after entering as a substitute against Switzerland in October. Her background in volunteerism with multiple organizations in her home state of Utah bolsters a BBVA Compass brand ambassador roster already known for its commitment to creating opportunities for everyone's bright futures.
"Kealia's philanthropic spirit and athletic achievements also makes her an amazing role model for young female athletes who want to compete on the highest level," said Dominiquini. "The bank places a huge emphasis on diversity, and we know the importance of highlighting women athletes in the sports world, so adding Kealia as an ambassador was a no-brainer for us."
Since its partnership with the Dynamo and Dash, the bank has donated over $250,000 to the Dynamo Charities' Building a Better Houston initiative and more than 890 volunteer hours to the Building a Better Mind campaign – programs that include renovations for family homes in the East End neighborhood where BBVA Compass Stadium resides and providing reading and financial literacy lessons at The Rusk Elementary School. The stadium's five-year anniversary celebration is set to take place during the Dynamo's home game on May 12.
About BBVA Group BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group is the largest financial institution in Spain and Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States; and it is also the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey's biggest bank for market capitalization. Its diversified business is focused on high-growth markets and it 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. More information about BBVA Group can be found at bbva.com.
About BBVA Compass BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 674 branches, including 345 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 75 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 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 (4th). BBVA Compass was recently named Best Digital Bank in North America by global finance magazine Euromoney and the best regional bank in the South & West and best mobile app in Money magazine's 2015-2016 list of the Best Banks in America. To learn more about BBVA Compass, visit www.bbvacompass.com. For more BBVA Compass news, visit newsroom.bbvacompass.com and follow @BBVACompassNews.