BBVA Compass South Florida Market President Roberto Muñoz was honored last week with Florida International University’s Distinguished Alumni Award at its 16th Annual Torch Awards Gala. The celebratory event recognized alumni and faculty who are positively impacting their profession, the Miami community and the university.
The Florida International University (FIU) Torch Award is the top honor awarded to alumni and faculty by the university’s Alumni Association. Muñoz was among alumni noted by FIU for bringing honor to the alma mater through a “notable record of service” to their industry and the local community.
My achievements are a representation of BBVA Compass
“My achievements are a representation of BBVA Compass,” said Muñoz. “In being a part of an organization that has distinguished itself for giving back, I’m able to be locally involved and contribute to fostering opportunities for the people and businesses of South Florida.”
Muñoz was the only trailblazer for BBVA Compass’ Miami office when it opened in 2012 to provide commercial and wealth management products and services to the South Florida region. Since then, the office has grown to over 40 employees with a 15-member board of advisors, partly due to Muñoz’s involvement in the local community which helped expand the bank’s area presence.
Muñoz has donated over 1,400 volunteer hours to nearly 10 Miami-based civic organizations since the Miami office opened its doors. He is currently serving on the board for a majority of those organizations such as chair elect of the International Committee with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, chairman of the Economic Summit with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and past chair of the Florida International Bankers Association. Muñoz also holds active leadership roles for community-oriented nonprofits including the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless and Boy Scouts of America - South Florida Chapter — to name a few.
For 2015 and 2016, Muñoz and his South Florida office team provided close to 1,700 volunteer service hours with nearly a dozen local area nonprofits and civic organizations. The BBVA Compass Foundation underscored the office’s volunteering efforts for those two years, providing funding of over $20,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the South Florida market.
Miami is a global gateway, which gives BBVA Compass the opportunity to create brighter futures on an international scale
According to Muñoz, BBVA Compass has landed in one of the most international cities in U.S. in an effort to create opportunities for a diverse business community and to take part in Latin American commerce, a market where Muñoz has facilitated a great amount of economic activity throughout the course of his nearly 38-year banking career.
“Miami is a global gateway, which gives BBVA Compass the opportunity to create brighter futures on an international scale,” said Muñoz. “Our Miami office provides distinct services that lean into the city’s billion-dollar international trade zone.”
Local area companies sponsored Muñoz’s FIU recognition with advertisements, the proceeds of which, alongside donations from FIU’s Torch Awards Gala, will be matched 100 percent by the State of Florida to benefit the university’s First Generation Scholarship Program and its Alumni Center Building Fund.