We are proud to announce that Espirito Santo Bank won the Shooting Star Award at the Rising Star Awards Signature Soirée – The Coral Gables Chamber Event!
We were recognized for our constant effort to hire, mentor and promote young professionals. On behalf of Espirito Santo Bank, we proudly accepted the award.
Raul Vidal, Fred Reinhardt, Jessica Franca, Noel Wallin & Mark North
As we look back on the last 40 years, we recognize that the local community has played a major role in our success. Our goal with our employees is not to only employ them, but to offer them a long lasting career. We have several employees that have been with our organization for over 20 years and by providing constant mentors, proper training and the opportunity for growth, we continue to increase that amount each year.
Fun Fact: Back in 2010, we had awarded a young FIU student, working her way to a Masters Degree in accounting, with a scholarship as well as an internship. While completing school, she was working within our accounting department learning the process of recording and reporting accurate information to the Heads of each department as well as to our Board members. She excelled throughout the semester and was then offered a fulltime job upon graduation. She has been with our organization for over 3 years now and has worked her way up to become our Senior Financial Reporting Analyst. Jessica Franca is a great example on how ESB focuses on working with young professionals.
ESB Employee Diana Suarez recently volunteered to speak at Citrus Grove Middle School for their 2013 career day. She spoke to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students about banking subjects that will affect them in the coming years, such as checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and even home financing. Diana also described ESB’s different business lines and presented several bank brochures to the students.
We at ESB value all opportunities to give banking advice to our nation’s youth. Like eating or exercising, good banking habits start at an early age. Students who know how to balance a checkbook and who use credit cards responsibly are far more prepared for college and adult life than those who have never received any such instruction.
We also enjoy talking to students about banking as a career choice. Banking is a diverse industry, with employment opportunities that match many different skill sets and personalities. Thanks to professionals like Diana, young people in Miami are learning how they can find a rewarding career at an institution like Espirito Santo Bank.
ESB employees pride themselves on their commitment to bettering the South Florida community. That is why the bank sponsored Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Building event, where ten homes are constructed over the course of two weeks. The goal was a lofty one, but ESB employees pitched in by strapping on their work boots and assisting in the build on February 19th and 22nd. Those who took part worked tirelessly and helped provide a home for struggling families in South Florida.
Habitat for Humanity is nonprofit organization that constructs houses for low-income families around the world. ESB greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with such a fine organization and strengthen the community in South Florida.
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ESB is excited to announce its partnership with the Miami Rowing Club and its upcoming Miami International Regatta. The event hosts rowers from around the world, spanning many different age groups and skill levels. The Regatta is primarily known as one of the oldest high school regattas in the country, but Olympians and National team members regularly compete as well.
We at ESB believe rowing shares several important commonalities with the way we do business. For instance, rowing is an international sport that brings people from different countries together. Likewise, ESB is an international bank that builds relationships with individuals and businesses in many diverse nations. And, like rowers, the bank and its clients must work together to move forward and achieve a common goal.
The Miami International Regatta will take place on April 6th at the Miami Rowing Club, which is located on Virginia Key. The thrilling races and beautiful views of Downtown Miami should make the event one to remember.
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For the second consecutive year, ESB employees took part in the Chapman Partnership’s RunWild 5k. The Chapman Partnership offers medical treatment, emergency housing, and employment assistance to the homeless community in South Florida.
The run, which takes place at Zoo Miami, is a favorite among the bank’s runners because of the cause it benefits and the exotic wildlife on display. The cool weather and uncluttered course made for great racing conditions, as a few ESB employees achieved personal record times. More importantly, however, was the fact that the Chapman Partnership raised over $125,000 to assist the homeless in South Florida.
ESB’s involvement with the RunWild 5k is quickly becoming an annual tradition. We hope to keep lowering our times and contributing in any way we can to the Chapman Partnership’s mission.
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On December 4th, 2012, Espirito Santo Bank hosted a cocktail event showcasing artwork from local high schools. The event, which took place at the Espirito Santo Plaza, featured pieces that covered a variety of media and techniques, including forms of paint, sculpture, and 3D installation.
In a week dominated by Art Basel and its scores of professional exhibitions from around the world, Espirito Santo Bank sought to offer guests something new by promoting the work of local Miami high school students. The bank worked with Westminster Christian School and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart to select pieces from eight artists. The artists chosen from Westminster Christian School were Rebecca Barrios, Anaelsie Dubocq, and Larissa M. Garcia; Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart was represented by Macki Alvarez-Mena, Alexa Eve Economacos, Gabriella Mas, Isabel Narea, and Cristy Urquidi. Both school’s cooperation and generosity leading up to and during the event were greatly appreciated.
While they may not be as well-known as the professionals who participate in Art Basel, it was clear to Espirito Santo Bank and its guests that the young artists featured in the “Future of Art” event possessed an impressive amount of skill, creativity, and craftsmanship. The bank hopes to make the event an annual tradition so that more local high school students get the opportunity to showcase their artistic talent.
“Espirito Santo Bank is pleased to inform our clients and business partners of the Five Star, “Superior” rating recently awarded to the bank by Bauer Financial.
Bauer Financial, an independent bank rating company, obtains the quarterly reports all banks and credit unions file with their regulators and analyzes them based upon capital ratios, profitability trends, asset quality, investment portfolio, regulatory and compliance related ratings, Community Reinvestment Act, (CRA) rating, historical data and liquidity, and then assigns a star-rating based on a scale of zero to five stars. Espirito Santo Bank’s management and board of directors is proud of the conscientious and focused effort put forth by the bank’s employees resulting in the five star rating.”
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The Espirito Santo Plaza
Imagine our surprise when we saw a photo of our building, the Espírito Santo Plaza, featured on the front page of the Miami Herald this morning. Andres Viglucci’s story, “Florida’s Top Buildings”, details how the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architecture created a contest where online visitors could vote on the best buildings in the state. According to the article, the month-long contest received an astounding 2.4 million votes. Many of those votes must have gone to the Espírito Santo Plaza, since it placed first in the “commercial building” category. Other categories featured hotels, civic buildings, historic structures, and public use facilities.
Of course, we know how impressive our building is; after all, we work there every day. However, we are very proud to see the building get so much public support. Our thanks go out to all the voters, as well as to the countless individuals who worked tirelessly to make the Espírito Santo Plaza what it is today.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating again: If you are impressed with the exterior of our building, just wait until you meet the men and women inside!
Raul Vidal speaking at the ceremony
All too often, young people graduate high school with little knowledge regarding their finances. Like any other skill, good habits are formed early. That’s why Espirito Santo Bank is sponsoring several schools in Miami as they complete the EverFi financial education company. EverFi uses state-of-the-art technology to teach students how to write checks, pay their bills, and purchase their first car. The EverFi program comes at no cost to schools, and has already reached more than four million students in their few years of existence.
Miami Edison Senior High School is one of the schools that really embraced the program this year, so it was the perfect place to host an EverFi completion awards ceremony. Representatives from ESB, as well as other local sponsors and even Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, were on hand to give short speeches and applaud the many students who worked their way through the program. Our own Raul Vidal highlighted the necessity of financial literacy and the importance of programs like EverFi.
A group of Miami Edison Senior High students proudly show off their certificates
After the ceremony, a number of students led the sponsors to the school’s media center for a look at the program itself. The ease with which the students navigated the various exercises was truly impressive. After graduation, it seems clear that the young people leaving Miami Edison Senior High will be well prepared to take care of their finances and be successful at whatever it is they choose to do.
As a final note, it must be said that Miami Edison Senior High School did a fantastic job hosting the ceremony. We at Espirito Santo Bank commend the students, teachers, and administrators for all their hard work.