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Fernando A. Capablanca
President
Fernando Capablanca is a long-time leader in the banking industry and is currently Managing Director of Whitecap Consulting Group LLC in Coral Gables, created in 2010 to provide consulting services to the financial industry. He is also President and founding member of the Cuban Banking Study Group Inc., created in 1992 to study the Cuban banking and financial system. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of City National Bank in Miami. Mr. Capablanca began his banking career at the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York in 1964 and has served as CEO and General Manager of Miami Agency offices of The Bank of Tokyo Ltd., Banco Exterior de los Andes y España (Spain) and Banco de Credito Inversiones (Chile). He was also president and CEO of Union Credit Bank. Between 2013 and 2016 he served on the Board of Directors of Ocean Bank in Miami. Until 2016, Mr. Capablanca was Vice Chairman of the Bankers Advisory Board of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) in Washington DC, a position to which he was appointed in 1992 by the Comptroller of the State of Florida. He is a former Chairman of the Florida International Bankers Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He has written several articles for professional magazines and authored “Small Business Investment Companies” currently at the Library of Congress. He graduated from New York University and from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and served as President of the Harvard Business School Club of South Florida.
José R. Garrigó
Vice President & Treasurer
José R. Garrigó is part of a family with six decades of banking history in Cuba. He has over 40 years of experience in banking and financial services. Presently he is Principal at J.R. Garrigo & Associates, a business services firm consulting for medium-sized companies needing to improve their operations, cash flow and Bank financing. Prior to starting his consulting firm, Mr. Garrigó held executive positions at The Bank of Miami: EVP, Senior Lending Officer and Board member. Pan American Bank of Miami: President, CEO and Board member. After NationBank’s (now Bank of America) acquisition of Pan American Bank, he was named Senior Vice President and Corporate Lending Team Leader. Southeast Bank: Senior Vice President and Regional Executive. Citibank, N.A.: Senior Vice President. Espirito Santo Bank of Florida: Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer. Education: Villanueva University, Havana, Cuba, affiliated with Vilanova University of Pennsylvania: Bachelor in Business Administration. Graduated from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, NJ. American Bankers Association: Graduated in its Certified Commercial Lender Program. A South Florida resident since 1960, Mr. Garrigó has served in business and civic organizations, including: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce: Board of Governors. WPBT-2 Public Television of South Florida: Board of Directors and member of the Audit Committee. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: Board of Trustees and previous Chairman of the Science Committee. Miami-Dade County: Cultural Affairs Council. City of Coral Gables: Cultural Development Board. City of Coral Gables: Landscape Advisory Board. The IWFS Americas Foundation, Inc.: Board member and Director.
Steven M. Harper, Esq.
Secretary
Steven M. Harper is a partner at the Miami law firm of Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O’Connor Albert & Dribin LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Cuba Committee and practices in the areas of international and corporate law, having experience in cross-border transactions, entity formation, and dissolution and liquidation issues, among others. He also works extensively with the aviation and maritime groups of the firm. He is a member of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association and the Inter-American Bar Association, and serves as a director of the Cuba Banking Study Group. He has represented numerous domestic and offshore entities, high net worth individuals and financial institutions located throughout the US, Latin America and the Caribbean in the purchase, sale, lease, finance and securitization of assets including aircraft, motor yachts and commercial and residential real property. He also advises offshore companies on structuring their U.S. operations, domestic and international estate planning, and assisting domestic companies engaged in interstate and international commerce with issues pertaining to Florida sales, use and corporate income taxes. He was co-editor of the chapter entitled, “Registration of Aircraft and Mortgages: The International Conventions” in McBain and Hames, Aircraft Finance: Registration, Security and Enforcement (Thompson 2007), and served as co-coordinator of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar’s inaugural International Business Transactions Conference in 2008. He was named in 2010 by Law & Politics Magazine as a Super Lawyer in the Rising Stars division, and was recognized in 2014 by Who’s Who Legal as among Florida’s top regulatory aviation attorneys. In May of 2015 he traveled to Havana, Cuba, where he met with officials of both the U.S. and Cuban governments, as well as a prominent dissident and a number of Cuban lawyers, both members and non-members of the Unión Nacional de Juristas de Cuba.
Alcides Avila, Esq.
Alcides I. Avila is a founding partner of ARHMF and an attorney in its Corporate and Financial Services practice. Prior to the formation of ARHMF in 2007, Mr. Avila was a partner in the Miami office of an AmLaw 20 national law firm and was the practice group leader of that firm’s Financial Services Practice Group. Mr. Avila represents domestic and foreign clients in all aspects of bank regulatory, lending, mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters. With over 35 years of experience, he regularly represents clients before the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and other regulatory agencies. Mr. Avila has represented numerous foreign financial institutions and investors in establishing and expanding banking operations in the United States. In addition to his banking practice, he has extensive experience in domestic and international business transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financing. Mr. Avila has also served as independent counsel to the Board of Directors of various banks in connection with compliance and enforcement actions.
Juan del Busto
Juan Del Busto is the former regional executive of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and current chairman and CEO of Del Busto Capital Partners, Inc. As regional executive he was responsible for the Branch’s operations, Board of Directors, provided regional input into the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s monetary policy process, led community outreach and development activities, and oversaw Miami’s economic and financial education programs. Mr. Del Busto joined the Board of Directors of Ocean Bank in 2013. His is also a member of the Advisory Board of Easy Solutions, a Total Fraud Protection Company, and a Strategic Advisor for the accounting firm of MBAF. Long active in the community, Mr. Del Busto is a trustee for United Way of Dade County. A staunch believer that a highly educated workforce will improve the nation’s economy, he serves on the board of directors of the Florida Council of Economic Education, the Center for Financial Training, the Florida International University President’s Council and the Miami-Dade College Business School Advisory Committee, and is Vice Chairman of the Superintendent’s Business Advisory committee for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Audit & Budget Committee, and the 21st Century School Board Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Florida Bankers Association, the Hispanic American Bankers Association, the Florida International University Alumni Association, the American Numismatic Association, the NFL Alumni Association, the Ohio State University Alumni Association and the South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation. Born in Havana, Del Busto moved to Miami in 1960 with his parents. He graduated from Miami Dade College and received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Engineering school at Florida International University. He also graduated from the executive development program at The Ohio State University.
Carlos R. Fernández-Guzmán
Carlos R. Fernández-Guzmán serves as a member of the board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific National Bank (PNB). A well-respected banking veteran and community leader, Fernández-Guzmán has close to 40 years private sector and banking industry experience. Prior to joining PNB, he was the Senior Executive Vice President - Neighborhood Banking Group at BankUnited. He has held executive management positions and worked with turnaround teams at banks and other enterprises including Riverdale Farms, XTec, CTI, American Savings of Florida, F.S.B., Consolidated Bank, N.A., and Southeast Bank, N.A. where he began his banking career. Fernández-Guzmán served as Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (2008-2009), has co-chaired FIU’s Master of Science in Finance Advisory Board, and chaired multiple community Boards and key committees including the boards of UnitedHome Care Services, Miami Capital Development and Miami Citywide Development. He currently serves as Chair Board of Trustees of Chapman Partnership and recently concluded his term as an appointee of the Honorable Governor Rick Scott in the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority where he served as Treasurer, Executive Committee Member and Member of the Board of Directors. In 2012 the Ronald McDonald House Charities Award Committee selected him as one of its “Twelve Good Men.” He is a recipient of the 2007 Leadership Miami Salute to Miami’s Leaders Award in Finance, was a founding member or the U.S. Secret Service Secure Document Alliance, and a member of the Greater Miami Chamber’s President’s Club Hall of Fame.
Adolfo Henriques
Adolfo Henriques is Chairman of the Board of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. He joined Gibraltar in February 2011 as President. Before joining Gibraltar, Mr. Henriques was and continues to be the Vice Chairman of The Related Group. Prior to these positions, Mr. Henriques served as Chairman, President and CEO of Florida East Coast Industries; and before that as CEO of the South Region for Regions Bank (and its predecessor Union Planters Bank) until 2006. Before Regions Bank, Mr. Henriques served in executive capacities at Bank of America's predecessor banks since 1986. These positions included Chairman of NationsBank in South Florida and EVP of Barnett Bank. Mr. Henriques was also with The Bank of Nova Scotia and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with the Public Health Trust and Ryder Systems in Miami, FL. Active in numerous civic organizations, he is the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Chairman of the Superintendent's Business Advisory Council and serves on the Orange Bowl Committee. Mr. Henriques serves on the boards of Heico Corporation and Incomex, Inc. In the past, Mr. Henriques has served as Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Regional Chair of the Southeast Region for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Leadership Florida, Chairman of Florida International University, Chairman of the Financial Oversight Board for the City of Miami, Chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade, Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Beacon Council. Mr. Henriques also has served as Co-Chairman of the Miami Children's Museum Capital Campaign, Chairman of Homes for South Florida and Greater Miami LISC, Chairman of the Epiphany School Advisory Council, Site Selection Chairman of the Community Partnership for the Homeless, Member of the Florida Board of Regents and served on the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force for the airport. He is a recipient of the Dean Lott Spirit of Leadership Award and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. Mr. Henriques earned a master's degree in accounting from Florida International University and his bachelor's degree in business from St. Leo College. Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Henriques and his wife, Liz, have three grown children. He resides in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Abel L. Iglesias
Abel L. Iglesias serves as Professional Bank's President and CEO, and has over 35 years of banking experience in the South Florida market, most recently as President and CEO of JGB Bank, N.A. Prior to his post at JGB, Mr. Iglesias was the Senior Executive Vice President of BankUnited FSB where he oversaw the commercial, corporate, commercial real estate, small business banking areas and Treasury Management. He was directly responsible for the day-to-day management of the Commercial Banking Division and its lending groups for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. From 1997 through 2003 he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for the South Florida region of Colonial Bank. Mr. Iglesias also worked for Eastern National Bank and The Bank of Miami, where he began his banking career in 1980. He is a member of the Operating Board for Doctor's Hospital, Coral Gables, which is part of Baptist Health Systems. He is a past-Chair of the Board of Directors for Miami-Dade College's Center for Financial Training. He is also a past-Chair of the Board of Directors of Friends of WLRN 91.3 FM (NPR), a formar board member of the Latin Builders Association and former board member for the City of Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board. Mr. Iglesias holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor's Degree, magna cum laude, in Business Administration from Barry University, Miami, FL
Marcos A. Kerbel, MBA, CPA, CFP, CPAML
Marcos A. Kerbel is a distinguished international banker, CPA, CFP, university professor, consultant and community leader. Mr. Kerbel earned a BBA degree in Accounting and a MBA in International Banking from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation, he began his banking career in 1969 with Pan American Bank, Miami (now Bank of America) where he rose from management trainee to Senior Vice President and Deputy Manager of its International Division. In 1978, Marcos joined Israel Discount Bank Ltd. to head its then newly licensed International Banking Office in Miami, having been the first license issued by the State of Florida. He remained with the bank for 22 years as Senior Vice President and Manager. A founding treasurer in 1979 and past chair of the board of directors of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) in 1987-1988, Mr. Kerbel has chaired many of the organization's committees. Since 2007, he has chaired the Education and Training Committee and was named Dean of the FIBA Institute for Financial Education, A Global Center of Excellence (FIFE). The Committee also oversees the AMLCA and CPAML Anti-Money Laundering Certifications and other educational programs in partnership with Florida International University (FIU). In 2004, he co-authored "Leading the Way - A Comprehensive History of International Banking in Florida" as well as a complementary video. The book's second edition was published in May, 2015. In 1988, Florida Governor Robert Martínez appointed Marcos to the International Banking Trade Study Commission which, inter alias, created the Florida Export Finance Corporation. In 1982, he was honored with the Gold Medallion from the City of Miami Beach for exceptional international leadership. In 2011, he was confirmed by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners as a member of its Antonio Jorge Social and Economic Development Council (SEDC) and has been a member of MOV'N Committee of the County and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce dealing with traffic and transportation issues. He is also a trustee of the Operation Pedro Pan Group (OPPG). A well-known educator since 1973, Marcos has been teaching finance and global banking courses at Florida International University in Miami since 1980, where he has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by both the university faculty and student organizations. Throughout the years he has taught hundreds of Cuban students in Miami and in these courses the financial and banking system of Cuba is discussed. In 2016 he taught a group of "cuentapropistas" from Cuba. He has also taught at Barry University and Miami-Dade College and its Center for Financial Training. Currently he teaches at UNIBE in the Dominican Republic and the Center of Monetary and Banking Studies (CEMB) at University Thomas More in Managua, Nicaragua. Mr. Kerbel has participated as a speaker in hemispheric conferences and is interviewed by the media on economic, banking, finance and community related topics locally and in several countries.
Manuel Lasaga, Ph.D.
Manuel Lasaga is President of Strategic Information Analysis, Inc., (StratInfo) an economics and finance consulting firm established in 1993 in Miami, Florida. As a Business Economist he has more than 30 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and professional services firms. He has nationally-recognized capability for independent analysis of the Florida, U.S., and Latin American economies and financial markets. Lasaga is an advisor to banks in the areas of strategic planning and Asset / Liability management, helping banks optimize their risk-adjusted returns. Ha has developed a methodology to assist banks in determining the quality of their loan portfolio. He has assisted De-Novo banks through the organizational and approval process and during their initial operating period. He also has experience in management evaluations to assist banks in improving their performance. Lasaga has held high-level positions with Wharton Econometrics in Philadelphia; Citicorp in New York, including member of the international Bank Advisory Group which managed the rescheduling of emerging markets’ external debts during 1982 - 1985; and Southeast Bank in Miami, where he was a member of the bank’s Country Risk Committee. He has consulted for 20 years with the World Bank in Washington D.C., specializing in the evaluation of capital markets and development projects in emerging markets. He is also registered as an Investment Advisor. Lasaga was a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. An active community leader, he has served for 20 years on the Board of Directors of Baptist Hospital of Miami, and is also on the Board of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Management Company. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Miami Dade College’s School of Business. Lasaga has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Finance at Florida International University.
Sergio J. Masvidal
Sergio J. Masvidal graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana with a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Economics. Subsequently graduated from the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He commenced his banking career with Continental Illinois National Bank, Chicago, in 1970 and eventually managed the bank's Representative Office in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1974 he joined Northern Trust in Chicago as Vice President, before accepting a position in New York as Senior Vice President of Irving Trust Company. In 1977 he was asked to lead Irving's Edge Act Subsidiary in Miami, a position he held until 1983 when he became President and CEO of Bank M in Miami, a bank owned by family interests. In 1987 he joined American Express Bank as General Manager and CEO of the bank's Miami subsidiary and rose to become Vice Chairman, Head of Global Wealth Management until 2008. Sergio has held many important positions in various civic and professional organizations including member of the Board of Christian Brothers Investment Services in New York and Christian Brothers Services in Chicago, Chairman of CODEC and Director of Southwest Social Services. Ha is currently Advisor to the Board of Miami Memorial LLC and has been listed in the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in Hispanic Magazine, in addition to "Father of the Year" at the American Diabetes Association.
Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, Ph.D.
Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, Ph.D. is Full Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Economics. He is also the Director of the Center of Economic Research in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Dr. Salazar-Carrillo holds an MA and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as its Certificate in Development Analysis and Planning. He also has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami, where he worked at its Bureau of Business and Economic Research. He was enrolled in the last year of studies at the University of Habana Law School, when he had to flee Cuba in April 1960. His fields of expertise include international economics, macroeconomics and economic development. His research has covered all fields of economics, both in developed and developing countries. He was the youngest Senior Fellow ever at the Brookings Institution, and a Professorial Lecturer in Economics at Georgetown University. He was Director in the Economics Group of the Cuban Ministry of Finance during 1959-1960, and Commercial Attaché to the European Commission and Belgium, representing Cuba. He has advised several International Institutions in Washington, and was Director at the United National Development Program Mission in Rio de Janeiro. He was one of the originators of the International Comparisons Project, that brought forth international purchasing power comparisons for the World economy. He has also been a forensic economist in over fifty legal cases, and Director of several banks. He was an associate in the oldest economic consulting firm in the world: Robert Nathan Associates. He has also been a member of the Council of Economic Advisors of the State of Florida. Throughout his career he has edited and authored over three hundred articles and book chapters, and over ninety books. Currently, his research interests concern the economics of Asia and Latin America (including Cuba), and U.S. macro and microeconomics, including computable general equilibrium models and social accounting matrices. He has received large grants from the National Science Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.
Gonzalo F. Valdés-Fauli
Gonzalo F. Valdés-Fauli is Chairman of the Board of BroadSpan Capital LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in financial advisory services. He retired from Barclays Bank PLC, a major UK-based global bank, in 2001, where he held the position of Vice Chairman, Barclays Capital and Group Chief Executive Officer, Latin America. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Blue Foundation, a health insurance provider wholly owned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, and was Chairman of the Board of Republic Bank of Dominican Republic, a financial services provider, until November 2007. He is Trustee Emeritus of the University of Miami, Florida, and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He holds a Master's Degree in International Finance from Thunderbird Graduate School for International Management.
María Grisel Vega
María Grisel (Grisel) Vega is the General Manager of Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, Chile (“Bci”), Miami Branch. She started with Bci Miami from its inception in 1999 as First Vice President and Controller and was named General Manager in 2006. Grisel received a BA degree from the University of Miami in 1983 and that same year obtained her CPA license from the State of Florida. She is also a graduate from the Senior Executive Program of the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain, 2009. She began her professional career in the audit division of Arthur Andersen, LLP where she was in charge of audits of several banks, which sparked her interest in banking and in 1987 she left Arthur Andersen to join Southeast Bank as Assistant Vice President in the Financial Reporting Division. After two years of financial reporting, an opportunity arose to join a new international bank agency, Banco Exterior de los Andes y de España (“Extebandes”) as First Vice President and Controller. In this position she was initially responsible for the accounting, reporting and internal controls but quickly got involved in all aspects of operations, IT, human resources and the “beginning years” of BSA compliance. When Standard Chartered purchased Extebandes in 1998, Grisel was named General Manager of the combination of the Extebandes Agency with the Standard Chartered structure. Subsequently, she was named Regional Financial Manager of Banco Standard Chartered, with responsibility for the integration and consolidation of Banco Standard Chartered with Standard Chartered Bank. This function required the integration of the financial and regulatory reporting policies of Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Miami to UK reporting standards. During this time, she was also the Y2K project leader for Banco Standard Chartered. Grisel left Standard Chartered to join Bci when it began its operations in May 1999. Grisel was appointed as a Director of City National Bank of Florida in 2015, and of Bci Securities, Inc. in 2014. She has been a Board member of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) since 2008 and its President (2012-2013). She is a member of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) and was on the Conference of State Banking Supervisors International Bankers Advisory Board (IBAB) in 2006. She is also the Treasurer of the Bishop Enrique San Pedro, SJ Foundation, Inc. Grisel is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and is a member of the AICPA and FICPA. She is married with two children. She enjoys leisure time with her extended family, reading and crafts.