Mr. Garcia is the President and CEO of Elite International Bank. He is a banking executive with over 27 years of experience that includes a strong credit background and a successful banking career in all the aspects of lending such as commercial, real estate, corporate and international. Mr. Garcia was the General Manager & Managing Director of North and South America for one of the largest financial institutions from Spain, where he was responsible for over a billion dollars in the Bank's business operations in the region. He has held positions as Senior Vice President, and Head of the Trade Finance and International Lending Department at Colonial Bank, Vice President at Eastern National Bank, and Vice President at Northern Trust Bank, where he developed a commercial lending portfolio. Mr. Garcia graduated from Florida International University. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Florida Export Finance Corporation for the State of Florida, former member of FIBA (Florida international Banking Association) and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce. He has lectured on numerous topics related to trade finance, letters of credit and credit administration.
Mr. Souffront is a shareholder in GrayRobinson's Miami office. He has a diverse practice representing national and international corporations and individuals on a wide variety of matters. He represents clients in litigation/arbitration matters, corporate work, transactions, and government relations. His area of concentration includes financial services, representing banks and financial institutions throughout almost 20 years in the profession. As a member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Souffront has lectured on many topics in International Law, and has also taken part as a panelist on conferences related to international disputes and arbitration. Mr. Souffront was born in Puerto Rico and is a graduate from Brandeis University, where his academic excellence earned him a place on the Dean's List. He obtained his law degree from Tulane University, where he was awarded the Brian P. McSherry Community Award for Excellence.
Mrs. Garcia is a certified public accountant with extensive experience in finance, audit, and accounting. During her professional career of almost 30 years she has held executive positions as Comptroller and Chief Financial Manager of multinationals such as Sepro Robotica, SL (France), PVG España S.A., and Intergraph-Spain. She graduated from the Technical School of Business (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) with a Master Degree in financial analysis and audit. Mrs. Garcia has been an active participant in numerous seminars related to accounting and financial integration.