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BBVA Compass hires veteran banker to lead its new Columbus loan production office

- Steve Bennett to serve as market president in Ohio

HOUSTON, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass hired veteran banker Steve Bennett to serve as the market president for the bank's new loan production office in Columbus, Ohio.

The Columbus location is one of several loan production offices BBVA Compass received approval to open to help expand the bank commercial loan offerings beyond its Sunbelt footprint. BBVA Compass now has approval to open loan production offices across the United States in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tenn., and the North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh.

"We're pleased to have Steve, a seasoned banker with experience building teams, lead our Columbus office," said Jeff Dudderar, a Commercial Banking executive for BBVA Compass. "His success in building long-term relationships, providing great customer service, and generating results will benefit our team as we grow in the market."

Bennett most recently served as director of governmental banking for Huntington Bank in Columbus. He began his banking career in 1995 and has worked in commercial banking in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

Bennett received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University in 1991 and is an active volunteer in the Columbus community, serving as a member of the National and Central Ohio Association for Financial Professionals, Ohio Government Finance Officers Association and the Hannah Neil Center for Kids.

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 best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 685 branches, including 350 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 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 www.bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com.

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

SOURCE BBVA Compass

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