President, City National Bank
Jorge Gonzalez is President and Chief Executive Officer of City National Bank of Florida (CNB), a full-service financial institution with $14 billion in assets and 31 banking center locations from Miami to Central Florida. During his tenure at the helm of City National Bank, Mr. Gonzalez has overseen the diversification and expansion of the more than 70-year-old institution to include four primary lines of business: Business and Personal Banking, Corporate Banking, Private Client Group and Commercial Real Estate. During that time, the bank grew from $3.5 billion in tangible assets to become the third-largest Florida-based bank. CNB’s business model is client-centered and community driven, with a particular focus on delivering a best-in-class client experience and having a positive impact on the communities CNB serves. In 2016, CNB launched a specialty finance subsidiary, BciCapital, which provides the bank with national platform serving the needs of corporate clients. The same year, Gonzalez led the expansion of City National Bank into the Tampa market. Since then, CNB also has opened mortgage offices in Sarasota and Naples. City National Bank completed the acquisition of Total Bank in June 2018, making City National Bank the third largest Florida-based bank with more than $11.3 billion in total deposits and almost 800 employees. Mr. Gonzalez has continued to invest in people and technology, believing that both are key to differentiating City National Bank from its competitors. Employees are committed to living the bank’s value proposition: “We are large enough to give you what you want and small enough to provide it the way you want it.” This commitment, along with CNB’s foundations of a best-in-class client experience and local decision-making have yielded excellent results. For its outstanding financial performance, CNB is rated 5-star “Superior” for safety and soundness, the highest possible, by Bauer Financial, the leading bank ratings firm. CNB has maintained this rating since June 2012, based on a number of critical factors, including its impressive capital ratios and liquidity and exceptional capital credit quality.
In 2016 and 2017, City National Bank was named one of the Best Banks To Work For by American Banker, an honor shared by only 75 banks nationally. CNB was the largest financial institution in Florida recognized on the list. The readers of the Daily Business Review have voted CNB as the Best Community Bank, Best Business Bank, Best Bank for Commercial Real Estate, Best Bank for Jumbo Loans, Best Private Bank, Best Foreign National Mortgage Lender, and Best Wealth Management. In 2013, CNB was named Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal. City National Bank was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal with its Outstanding Community Service Award for the work CNB does for the community. In addition, CNB earned the Community Bank of the Year award in 2013 and 2011 from the South Florida Business Journal, which said no other bank has done more than CNB to help the local economy. Mr. Gonzalez was named Ultimate CEO twice by the South Florida Business Journal and was a three-time finalist for the South Florida Business Journal’s Bank CEO of the Year.
Mr. Gonzalez has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, including 20 years with Wachovia, where he served in various leadership and management roles. Prior to joining City National Bank, he was Regional President of Wachovia for Southeast Florida, one of the bank’s top executives in the state, directing the region’s administration and all wholesale banking operations. A Miami native, Mr. Gonzalez is active in a number of charity and community organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and United Way of Miami- Dade. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Prior community roles have included executive committee positions with United Way, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, Downtown Development Authority, Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from Florida International University and is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Leadership Training program at the University of North Carolina. He and his wife Melinda have 13-year-old twins.