HOUSTON, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass has hired Tom Owens to serve as vice president and senior correspondent banking officer, working with downstream and community bankers in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Owens has more than 15 years of business development and account management experience in the financial services industry. Before joining BBVA Compass, he worked for First Empire Securities, providing balance sheet solutions to financial institutions across the country. He brings a variety of banking experience to his new position, including real estate lending, commercial capital and secondary market services.
"Tom's original roots are in community banking," said Bob Freeman, who heads up Correspondent Banking at BBVA Compass. "His extensive commercial banking background makes for a solid foundation for correspondent banking, and he is well-prepared to deliver the consultative relationship our clients demand."Owens holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Ohio's College of Business. He is a past member of the Independent Community Bankers of America and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, as well as various state banking associations and the Columbus District Golf Association Board of Governors. About BBVA CompassBBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 708 branches, including 367 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 20 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 ranked third in American Banker's 2012 reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com. Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank. SOURCE BBVA Compass