SAN ANTONIO, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After 12 years of successfully managing commercial banking relationships at BBVA Compass, the bank has promoted Andrea Smith to San Antonio city president.
Smith brings more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, she worked as a commercial relationship manager at the bank in Birmingham, Ala., and focused on governmental and institutional lending to nonprofits, universities and municipalities. She also brings expertise in health care, commercial and industrial lending.
"Given the strong business climate in San Antonio, including the health care and government sectors, we believe this will be a very good fit," said BBVA Compass Head of Commercial Banking Rafael Bustillo. " San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the U.S., so it's a very important market for BBVA Compass."Prior to joining BBVA Compass, Smith spent six years in community banking at Lamar Bank and Pike County National Bank in Mississippi. She previously served as president of the board for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, and as a board member for the YMCA and the Railroad Park Foundation in Birmingham. Smith earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, she completed the BBVA Compass UT School of Management program and Alabama-based executive programs such as Project Corporate Leadership and Leadership Birmingham. About BBVA GroupBBVA 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. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com. 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