Past Presidents Letters

Throughout its history the South Florida Banking Institute has had the great fortune of having the leadership and vision of many distinguished presidents. Below are the various messages conveyed by each during their respective terms.

Guillermo Benites

The South Florida banking industry continues to maintain positive momentum in this post crisis era, which is truly a testament to the resolve of this community. Many economists and commentators have indicated that South Florida and its diversity continue to be well-positioned for the future and the banking community is very optimistic for the remainder of 2017 and 2018.

Nevertheless, we continue to face challenges and uncertainties in many areas as the banking industry continues to be subject to significant demands and pressures on the legal, regulatory and financial fronts.

With these uncertainties in mind, the South Florida Banking Institute is uniquely positioned to support and bolster our member institutions during these times. We assist and provide the necessary tools and resources to not only navigate such uncertainties, but more importantly, to further grow and generate business. I continue to be encouraged for our future, and I’m humbled and honored to serve as your President. I want to thank all our members, particularly the Board of Directors, for their time and commitment to our organization. I would like to encourage all of you to continue attending our events and promoting them amongst your friends and colleagues. With this in mind, we have developed an exciting schedule of events for fiscal year 2017-2018 and look forward to seeing each of you as we continue to work together to keep the South Florida banking community as one of the premiere banking communities in the country.

Sincerely,

Guillermo A. Benites
President, South Florida Banking Institute 2019-2020

South Florida Banking Institute Past Presidents

2019-20 – Guillermo Benites
2017-18 – Andres Fernandez
2016-17 – Alexander Sueiro
2015-16 – Daniel R. Martinez
2014-15 – Asnardo Garro
2013-14 – Sonia Canessa Gonzalez
2011-13 – Frank Gonzalez
2010-11 – Patricia Hernandez
2009-10 – Domingo Callejas
2008-09 – Julio Martinez
2007-08 – Dominic Suszek
2006-07 – Danny Lipe
2004-06 – Danny Lipe
2002-04 – Wilfredo B. Jauregui
2001-02 – Deborah L. Kent
2000-01 – Pamela L. Wendel
1999-00 – Phillips G. Gay, Jr.
1998-99 – Frank Gonzalez-Abreu
1997-98 – Dorothy L. Thorpe
1996-97 – Syed F. Zafar
1995-96 – Barbara F. Betolatti
1994-95 – Christoper M. Styga
1993-94 – Pamela L. Wendel
1992-93 – Joseph T. Munroe

1991-92 – Cheryl Yeager
1990-91 – George J. Quintero
1989-90 – Elizabeth J. McClaskey
1988-89 – Ramiro Ortiz
1987-88 – A. Anthony Noboa
1986-87 – Mariano H. Fernandez
1985-86 – Enrique Roldan
1984-85 – John H. Poorman
1983-84 – Phillips G. Gay, Jr.
1982-83 – Hunting F. Deutsch
1981-82 – Rem Cabrera
1980-81 – Don L. Stang
1979-80 – Ralph O. Jones
1978-79 – Gregory J. Nicholas
1977-78 – Karleton B. Wulff
1976-77 – William J. Borowski
1975-76 – Leo J. Wallberg, Jr.
1974-75 – F. Larry Robinette
1973-74 – Joseph W. Fleri
1972-73 – Robert H. Britcher
1971-72 – Thomas J. Cleary
1970-71 – John R. Wurster

1969-70 – Charles W. Meyers
1968-69 – William J. Mooney
1967-68 – Carlos J. Arboleya
1966-67 – Oliver Bright
1965-66 – James W. Mitchusson
1964-65 – Edward P. Brown
1963-64 – Frank H. Willer
1962-63 – John N. Roberts, Jr.
1961-62 – Charles J. Hughes
1960-61 – William E. Boyd
1959-60 – William D. Hewett
1958-59 – Stewart I. Price
1957-58 – Davis L. Statton
1956-57 – Gerald A. Keller
1955-56 – Evelyn B. Wirebaugh
1954-55 – J. C. McKee, Jr
1953-54 – J. H. Thomas
1952-53 – James J. Henderson
1951-52 – Kenneth B. Cable
1950-51 – Ray F. Basten