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.
Ms. Casanova has been in banking for over 35 years. She was the Financial and Control Manager for Novacaixagalicia in Miami, Vice President of Operations at Espirito Santo Bank and Assistant Treasurer at Barclays Bank, in Miami and Chicago. Her experience includes Swift and FED systems, Datapro, Fedline, ECS, Flexcube, etc. Her extraordinary success in launching of three major banks, attests for her esteemed reputation in the industry. She is also a graduate of Barry University with a degree in Business Administration and attended Vanderbilt University, where she obtained a certificate in Operations and Technology under the University Program. Ms. Casanova is well-known to Florida Banking Regulators as well as to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Miami Branch) due to her responsibilities in the institutions where she has previously worked. She is well aware of current banking regulations in the US and of all current changes in the banking industry.