About South Florida Banking Institute
The South Florida Banking Institute is a non-profit professional organization that serves as a resource for bankers seeking to expand their knowledge and capabilities by providing high-quality research, products, and services. Since 1950, the South Florida Banking Institute has provided education, research and networking opportunities for bankers in South Florida. Program are designed to keep members informed of regulatory issues and trends in the financial industry. Monthly networking events allows members to participate and interact with private industries serving financial institutions and peers. In keeping with its core , South Florida Banking Institute provides a forum for regulatory outreach events. Membership includes banks, attorneys, accountants, financial services providers, brokers, and industry experts.
South Florida Banking Institute (SFBI) – A Walk Through Time
SFBI began its’ history as the South Florida Chapter of the Bank Administration Institution (BAI) in 1950. Through the years many have had the privilege of being this organization’s President – beginning with Ray F. Basten in 1950, to our first President as the newly renamed South Florida Banking Institute (SFBI) – Phillips G. Gay, Jr. in 1999, to our 50th Anniversary President – Pamela L. Wendel in 2000, to our current President – Alex Sueiro.
The organization’s primary mission was and continues to be… “to serve the banking community by providing educational opportunities and creating an environment which allows the building of relationships. SFBI provides a forum for addressing topics relevant to the banking industry. Through these efforts, we create value by providing resources to our member organizations in the ever changing banking environment.”
The 1st Annual Operations Conference was held in 1989 led by then President, Ramiro Ortiz, and continued for 14 years. This venue successfully hosted nationwide vendors, mini-seminars, a renown keynote speaker and to close the evening, a gala reception. Attendance at the conferences ranged from 300 to 800 persons, with financial institution representation from Key West to Jacksonville.
Times change and BAI National disbanded the local chapters; however, our organization was so successful, the South Florida Banking Institute was formed with the blessing of BAI; and so the saga continues…
We would like to thank all of you who continue to support our organization through membership, meeting and seminar attendance, and especially to those organizations who allow their team members to participate and give of their time and talent as Officers and Directors.
Letter from SFBI’s President
S. Marshall Martin has over twenty-eight (28) years of substantial real estate, bank regulatory compliance/risk management, finance, accounting, and legal experience. He joined City National Bank of Florida in February 2009 and presently serves as its General Counsel. At City National, Marshall has joint accountability for the legal affairs of the bank and until February 2017 had responsibility for all non-credit risk, including BSA/AML/OFAC, privacy, information/cyber security, fraud, CRA, regulatory compliance, etc. In addition, his responsibilities include corporate governance, leadership, strategy development, and management of regulatory relations. Prior to joining City National Bank, Marshall served in Wachovia’s Legal Division and went on to lead over 100 FTE managing Wachovia Bank’s CIP & High Risk Customers for the General Bank, consultant in KPMG’s Chicago office on bank/thrift regulatory matters (including M&A filings), served as general counsel/compliance officer of a multi-state/country MSB, and was an assistant bank examiner with the FDIC.
Marshall holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois, a CPA certificate, and dual undergraduate degrees in finance and international business from Florida International University (“FIU”). Marshall is adjunct professor at the FIU Law School teaching banking and finance law/regulation. He has served on the advisory board for the Florida International Bankers Association’s AML Compliance conference, the task force for the ACAMS AML & Financial Crime Conference, and was Co-Chair of ACAMS South Florida Chapter. Marshall currently serves on FIU President’s Counsel, the Florida Banker’s Association’s Government Relations Committee, South Florida Banking Institute’s Board of Directors, the United Way’s Legal Cabinet,and is a frequent speaker both domestically and internationally.
View letters from past presidents
Executive Vice President
General Counsel & Secretary
City National Bank of Florida
100 S.E. 2nd Street, 16th Floor
Miami, FL 33130
VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING
SVP, Relationship Manager
First National Bankers Bank
7813 Office Park Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
VICE PRESIDENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Chief Financial Officer
8400 NW 36th Street
Doral, FL 33166
Rodolfo “Rudy” Lleonart
Executive Vice President Managing Director
First American Bank
1801 Southwest 1st Street
Miami, FL 33135
Executive Vice President
1518 San Ignacio Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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