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Join us for this informative session on the general landscape of banking. You will hear from and have the opportunity to pose questions to Alex Sanchez of the Florida Bankers Association of Florida and David Schwartz of the Florida International Bankers Association, who lead Florida’s most important banking organizations. They will provide updates on Florida’s economy and banking industry, an update on the new administration in Washington DC as well as developments in international banking and other issues affecting the banking industry.
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Date : March 17, 2021
Time : 9:00 am

Event Registration Fee :
SFBI Members : Free
Non-Members : Free

Location :
Zoom Webinar

MODERATOR

Guillermo Benites – Vice President of Financial Services
United Data Technologies, Inc. (UDT)

GUILLERMO A. BENITES Vice President of Financial Services Guillermo A. Benites is Vice President of Financial Services for United Data Technologies, Inc. (UDT), a leading technology enabler that helps clients in major industries evaluate, architect, secure, and manage technology on the go, in the rack and in the cloud. Guillermo is responsible for the creation and innovation of business solutions for the financial services sector as well as for leading business development for this important vertical. He leverages more than 25 years of experience in several areas, including banking, regulatory compliance, computer forensic services, IT security and risk management. Prior to joining UDT, Guillermo enjoyed a distinguished career that included posts such as CEO of Axxis Solutions and COO of Enterprise Risk Management in addition to having served in various executive leadership positions at Caja Mediterráneo, Banco de Crédito del Perú, and Atlantic Security Bank of Miami. Guillermo obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a board member of the South Florida Banking Institute (SFBI), the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), and the Center for Financial Training, Southeastern Chapter. Most recently, Guillermo served as the President of SFBI for the 2018-2020 fiscal years. He is also active in The Beacon Council and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

PANELISTS

Alejandro Sanchez – President and Chief Executive Officer
Florida Bankers Association

Alex serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA).  Founded in 1888, and located in Tallahassee, the FBA is the leading voice for Florida’s banking industry.  Alex’s responsibilities include representing and advocating for Florida’s banking industry before all legislative and regulatory bodies in Tallahassee and in Washington.

Before joining the FBA, Alex was an attorney at Sinclair Louis, a Miami based law firm, specializing in business law; Consolidated Bank, Assistant General Counsel; and the Florida Department of Commerce, General Counsel.  From 1989 to 1993, Alex served as Senior Corporate Attorney for GTE Information Services in Tampa.

In August of 2019, Alex was appointed to the Advisory Board of Directors to the EXIM Bank based in Washington DC. EXIM is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs by providing competitive and necessary export credit to overseas purchasers of U.S. goods and services. A robust EXIM can level the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive support from their governments. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth by helping to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. In recent years, 90 percent of the total number of the agency’s authorizations has directly supported small businesses.

From 1999-2003, Alex served on the Board of IMSG, a Publicly traded subsidiary of Bankers Insurance Group of St Petersburg, Florida.(“Bankers”) Bankers is a privately held corporation and is Florida’s largest based insurance company offering a variety of financial services products, and is licensed to do business nationwide.

In early 2002, President George W. Bush nominated Alex, as one of the three Presidential appointees on the five people Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (“the Board”). Appointment to this Board includes clearance after a four month extensive F.B.I. background check.

On November 19, 2002, the United States Senate officially confirmed Alex to serve on the Board.  The Thrift Savings Plan (“TSP”) contains over $300 billion on behalf of nearly four million government and military personnel. In the average month, over $1.5 billion is contributed to the Plan.  The Plan is a tax-differed defined contribution plan established as one of the three parts of the federal employees system. The Board operates the plan and manages the investments of the thrift savings fund solely for the benefit of the participants. The Board meets monthly and keeps accounts and makes loans to the participants. In April of 2007, President Bush nominated Alex to serve a second four year term to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

In 2009, President Barack Obama asked Alex to continue serving on the TSP Board. In August of 2011, Alex resigned from the Board and served for his last Board meeting until November of 2011. In August 2006, Governor Jeb Bush nominated Alex to the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission. Alex served until April 2007.

In October of 2007, Alex began serving on the Board of Directors of Bankers Insurance Group. Alex served on the Compliance, Audit and Claims committees. Alex resigned from the Board in August of 2011. Alex received a B.S., Cum Laude, from Troy State University in 1981 and a J.D. from the University Of Iowa College Of Law, in 1983. He is a military veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 5 years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1981. He is a graduate of Class XIV of the Florida Chamber’s Leadership Florida Program and is a board member of Florida Tax Watch, a statewide organization.

Alex has appeared as a regular guest the past 10 years on CNBC’s Closing Bell show,  the last five on Mornings with Maria hosted byMaria Bartiromo, and other Fox Business News Network and Bloomberg TV and radio shows. Alex has two daughters, Cristina and Carolina and is married to Patsy Sanchez.

David J. Schwartz – President and CEO
Florida International Bankers Association

David Schwartz is President and CEO of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), a nonprofit tradeassociation dedicated to fostering the growth of international banking through education, advocacy andnetworking. Its membership includes some 70 financial institutions from 18 countries spanning 4 continents,including the largest banks in Europe, the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean that are active in internationaltrade and finance.

Prior to joining FIBA, David held executive positions at various financial institutions in the U.S., Europe and LatinAmerica in the areas of Risk Management and Compliance, Wealth Management, Correspondent Banking, Credit and Treasury. Additionally, David is a member of the Board of Managers of QuantaVerse, a leader ofartificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions purpose-built for identifying financial crimes.

David received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He has completed foreign studies and training in Hong Kongand Paris, France and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.