About Us

Overview

Walk through the doors of any of our five branches and you will immediately discover what is different about First Bank of Miami. It is not just the warm welcome you will receive; it is also our personalized approach to every facet of your banking experience. When we founded our business in 1996, we began with the goal of serving every client as if they were our most important—and it is that approach that we still adhere to today. Whether you are looking to open a checking or savings account, working to manage your finances or plan for retirement we offer full-service banking with custom tailored solutions to fit your special needs.


History

It was the early 1990’s when our founding partners decided to make their vision of what a bank should be come to fruition. Their concept was totally unique—create a local bank that was focused on serving each client personally. In a growing city like Miami, that was becoming more prosperous with each year, treating each banking client as an individual and not an account number was virtually unheard of.

First Bank of Miami opened its doors in June of 1996. It was then that we began to deliver the best in full service banking to our multicultural community. Providing the highest quality products and supported by the most advanced technology, we introduced our superior personal approach to banking—where every customer knows they are our most valued client.

Today, we enjoy the pleasure that comes from serving the thousands of local and international clients that we have come to know so well.


Board of Directors

René de Picciotto – Chairman of the Board
Raúl R. García – Chairman of the Executive Committee
Jorge I. Triay – Vice Chairman of the Board
Charles A. Whitcomb – Secretary of the Board
Odoardo Sbarra – Director
Nelson M. Alemany – Director
René F. Rodriguez, M.D. – Director
Gastón De Cárdenas, M.D. – Director
Bernard Sonntag – Director


 Executive Administration

Office: 305.444.7600

  • Nelson M. Alemany
    Chief Executive Officer and Director
  • Jorge I. Triay
    President and Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Odoardo Sbarra
    Executive Vice President, Senior Lending Officer and Director
  • Ralph J. Matheu
    First Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Waison Lam
    First Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Private Banking

Office: 305.448.2262

  • Reinaldo M. Hernandez
    Senior Vice President
  • Gilda De Armas
    Vice President
  • Nivian Hernandez
    Vice President
  • Luisa Galindo
    Vice President

Lending

Office: 305.444.1140

  • Odoardo Sbarra
    Executive Vice President, Senior Lending Officer and Director
  • Mark W. Fleming
    Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Officer and Special Assets Officer
  • Branches:
    Coral Gables Branch
    Gilda De Armas
    Vice President and Branch Supervisor
  • Westchester Branch
    Diana Armenteros
    Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer
  • Iraida Seco
    Vice President and Branch Supervisor
  • Downtown Branch
    Dolores Vela-Fernandez
    Senior Vice President and Branch Manager
  • Hialeah Branch
    Carmen Sierra
    Vice President and Branch Manager
  • Kendall Branch
    Adriana Hernandez
    Branch Supervisor

Finance

Office: 305.459.5279

  • Waison Lam
    First Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Compliance
    Office: 305.579.7646
  • Francisco Gomez-Terron
    Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer
  • BSA/AML
    Janet Jara
    First Vice President BSA / AML Officer

Operations and Information Technology

Office: 305.459.5279

  • Ralph J. Matheu
    First Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Human Resources

Office: 305.444.7600

  • Esther Caselli
    Vice President and Human Resources Manager