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Juan Esterripa is the new Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking at Amerant Bank. Photo credit: South Florida Business Journal
Juan Esterripa is the new Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking at Amerant Bank. Photo credit: South Florida Business Journal

Florida’s largest community bank hires Juan Esterripa as Head of Commercial Banking

He will oversee multiple business sectors at Amerant Bank.

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Juan Esterripa has been named Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking of Amerant Bank. The bank is the largest community bank that has its headquarters in Florida. 

“We are pleased to welcome Juan to Amerant as a member of our executive team. “He is a well-recognized leader in the banking community here in Miami, with a proven track record of success,” said Jerry Plush, Chairman and CEO of Amerant Bank, in a statement.

At the bank, Esterripa will oversee many sectors, including specialty finance, treasury management, commercial banking, commercial real estate, and syndications. 

Esterripa has over 25 years of commercial banking experience, most recently working as the Executive Vice President, Wholesale Banking Executive at City National Bank. He also served as Executive Vice President for Stonegate Bank. 

"I am delighted to be joining an organization with so much momentum and potential for growth. Amerant’s commitment to excellence and innovation aligns with my professional goals, and I am excited to be a part of a dynamic and forward-thinking team,” said Esterripa. 

Esterripa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Universidad La Catolica in Lima, Peru. He recently graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. 

Esterripa will be joining an award-winning bank. 

Amerant Bank was recently awarded the 2023 Export Lender of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The award recognizes excellence in export financing. 

SBA’s awards highlight a lender's achievements in bringing its international finance programs to small businesses to help them expand to new markets, meet overseas demand, and finance export transactions.  

The bank provided over $20 million in financing support to small business exporters. This occurred through its use of the Export Working Capital Program (EWCP) and Export Express program.

“At Amerant Bank, we are committed to helping provide access to capital to small business exporters in our markets. With locations in markets that serve as two of the biggest international hubs in the U.S., our team members are experts at understanding local exporters’ needs, including purchase order financing, asset-based facilities, and international trade loans,” said Yvonne Boucugnani, Head of SBA Lending at Amerant Bank.

“By working together with the local SBA Export Offices, we are able to provide our customers the solutions they need to expand their export markets and increase job opportunities,” she continued. 

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