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BBVA Compass promotes Beaumont native to city president

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- Longtime resident Will Leonard will represent bank in important market

- Larie Bishop also promoted to Beaumont Global Wealth market leader

HOUSTON, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass promoted Will Leonard to city president in his native Beaumont, where he'll be responsible for representing the bank and growing its presence in the important market.

Leonard most recently served as senior vice president of Commercial Banking for BBVA Compass. He began his banking career in 1983 and has worked for several banks in the region.

"Will has helped grow and solidify our market position in Beaumont since he joined the bank, and he's an experienced leader in both commercial and private banking," said East Texas Regional Executive Dan Brown, who previously led the Beaumont market.

A graduate of Lamar University, Leonard serves on the boards of the Neches River Festival, United Way, Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, Trinity United Methodist Church and the Beaumont Country Club.

In other changes in Beaumont, Larie Bishop has been promoted to Global Wealth market leader from relationship manager. Bishop began her financial services career in 1990 and joined BBVA Compass in 2004 in the real estate and mineral management group.

She attended Lamar University and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society, among other organizations.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 684 branches, including 352 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, Member FDIC.

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