Mr. Capablanca currently is managing director of Whitecap Consulting Group LLC in Coral Gables, created in 2010 to provide consulting services to the financial industry.
“Fernando Capablanca brings consummate banking knowledge and experience to our board from his executive positions and his tenure as president of the Florida International Bankers Association and as long-time serving member of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors in Washington, D.C. (“CSBS”) His comprehensive perspectives on banking and regulation are powerful assets,” said Ocean Bank President and CEO A. Alfonso Macedo.
“Ocean Bank has a rich tradition in South Florida, and I look forward to joining the board of directors and making a meaningful contribution to the bank’s continued profitability in its domestic and international activities. I am honored to have been invited and will do everything I can to assist the management of the bank.” Capablanca said.
Mr. Capablanca began his banking career at the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, working in the bank’s international division. He went on to serve as CEO and general manager of several foreign banking organizations in Miami, including The Bank of Tokyo Ltd. (Japan), Banco Exterior de los Andes y España (Spain) and Banco de Credito Inversiones (Chile). In addition, he has been President and CEO of local community banks.
Active in many professional and civic organizations, Mr. Capablanca is vice chairman of the Bankers Advisory Board within the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He was appointed to CSBS in 1992 by the Comptroller of the State of Florida in 1992 and has continued to serve in Washington since then. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious McCormick Award for Excellence in International Bank Supervision.
In addition to his role as president of the Florida International Bankers Association, he has been president of the Harvard Business School Club of South Florida and president of the Cuban Banking Study Group, among others.
He has written several articles for professional magazines and was the author of “Small Business Investment Companies” at the Library of Congress. He has lectured at both Florida International University and the University of Miami. He graduated from New York University and from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Ocean Bank is the largest independent, state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Florida, with $3.22 billion in assets. Chartered in 1982, Ocean Bank operates a network of 21 branches throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The community bank has received numerous awards and accolades from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, The Beacon Council and the Florida Department of Education, among others, for its support of our South Florida communities. For more information, log on to www.oceanbank.com.