BBVA Compass signs statement pledging to hire, train and support veterans

Thu Apr 4, 2013 8:02am EDT

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- BBVA Compass signs the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's Statement
of Support
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,  April 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass signed the
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support Tuesday as
a gesture of the bank's commitment to hiring and training U.S. veterans.


"Our veterans represent one of the greatest candidate pools," said  Jim Heslop,
director of human resources at BBVA Compass. "By supporting their hiring and
development, we help ensure veterans have a smooth transition from the front
lines to civilian life."

Heslop signed the Statement of Support at a ceremony led by  Bill Kringel, 
Alabama  state chairman of ESGR, at the bank's offices in  Birmingham.  Ben
Blass, U.S. Army Reserves captain and vice president of military recruiting at
BBVA Compass, also attended the ceremony, where Heslop received a plaque
commemorating the event and an American flag that once flew over the nation's

"When we bring veterans on board, we gain employees who are competitive,
disciplined and understand the necessity of working as a team to achieve
success," Blass said. "Giving back to this community that has given so much to
us is the right thing to do and we take this commitment seriously."

Heslop said the qualities and traits veterans acquire in the military -
leadership, discipline, collaboration and the ability to work through obstacles
- are assets for BBVA Compass. The bank's goal, he said, is to help military
personnel put those skills to use as they face the challenging transition from
active duty.  

By signing the ESGR Statement of Support, BBVA Compass expanded its commitment
to veterans.  

It recently joined forces with ESGR, the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success
and several regional Base Transition Offices for its Veteran Recruiting
Initiative, which aims to attract highly skilled veterans to the bank. And its
"Boots to Banking" mentorship program pairs each newly hired veteran with one
already working at the bank who is familiar with the organization and the
transition to civilian life and civilian work.

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. BBVA ranks among the
leading eurozone banks in terms of return on equity and efficiency. 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. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 708
branches, including 367 in  Texas, 93 in  Alabama, 79 in  Arizona, 65 in 
California, 45 in  Florida, 38 in  Colorado  and 21 in  New Mexico. BBVA Compass
ranks among the top 20 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 Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker's 2012
reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information
about BBVA Compass can be found at  

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


Ralph Evans, Corporate Communications, +1-205-297-3038,

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