President, International Finance Bank
Jose E. Cueto was born in Coral Gables, Florida and attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Florida International University.
Mr. Cueto is the President & Chief Executive Officer of International Finance Bank since May 4, 2015 after having served as the Head of Corporate Banking for Florida and the Caribbean at FirstBank, Puerto Rico from 2012-2015.
Mr. Cueto began his banking career 28 years ago at Republic National Bank of Miami and later worked for First Union, Capital Bank, Banco Real and Bank Leumi.
From 2001-2012 Mr. Cueto worked for Caja Madrid where he opened its Miami International Banking Agency and eventually grew it to more than $3 billion in assets and held various positions in the Organization including Deputy General Manager & Chief Financial Officer and later Head of Corporate Banking, Capital Markets and Project Finance. He was a member of the City National Bank acquisition team and later served as a Director.
Mr. Cueto has been recognized as a top producer and is highly regarded by the local banking community. He was the recipient of the South Florida Business Journal’s Lender of the Year award in 2013 as well as the US-Spain Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Ponce de Leon Excellence Award.
Mr. Cueto presently serves on the Orange Bowl Committee, as a Board Member and President-Elect of the South Florida Banking Institute, as President-Elect of the Center for Financial Training, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) and as Vice-Chairman of the FBA BancPAC.