Our Team


LENDERS


Frank Muniz, Senior Vice President

Frank is a seasoned commercial lender with over thirty years of commercial lending and banking experience. He specializes in structuring loan deals for commercial real estate, C&I, SBA 504, construction and equipment.  Frank is a graduate of Florida International University.




Nick Garcia, Vice President

Nick has dedicated the past twenty years to servicing the needs of his commercial and commercial real estate lending clients. Nick holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from St. Thomas University. 




Jorge Garza, Vice President

Jorge is a seasoned lender with over fifteen years of relationship management and new business development experience. He specializes in facilitating loans for clients in the fields of law, accounting and commercial real estate. Jorge is a graduate of the University of Texas - Pan American.



Nicole Medina, Assistant Vice President

Nicole has been a loyal employee of Grove Bank & Trust for over twenty six years. She is responsible for the personal and residential lending needs  of the Bank's clients. Nicole is a graduate of Miami Dade College and the American Institute of Banking. Nicole has been involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for over ten years and currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary.    

 

WEALTH ADVISORS

Alex Bahamonde, Managing Director, Chief Fiduciary Officer

Alex oversees the fiduciary functions for the wealth management division of the Bank. Alex specializes in advising domestic and international ultra-high net worth families and charitable organizations with complex estate, trust and tax structures. Alex holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Barry University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University. 


David Breitwieser, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer

David is responsible for assisting clients with their asset allocation decisions, as well as the development, management and implementation of the Bank's investment strategy. David has an exceptional reputation for delivering first class service coupled with his deep understanding of the practice of wealth management. David is currently a member of the CFA Institute and a member of the Miami Society of Financial Analysts. David earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida.


Marta Goldberg, Managing Director, Fiduciary Wealth Advisor

Marta is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies, complex family wealth planning, estate planning, tax planning, and charitable giving solutions that address the issues of family governance. Marta has devoted her career to managing all aspects of her clients’ investment and fiduciary needs.  Marta has over thirty years of Wealth Management experience in the South Florida marketplace.


Laura Marquet, Senior Director, Head of Portfolio Management, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®)

Laura is passionate about helping individuals, families and business owners manage their wealth. Laura holds an MBA. from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business with a concentration in Asset Management/Sales & Trading.



Libby Witherspoon, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Libby has over twenty seven years of Wealth Management experience. Libby served on the Account Review Committee, Trust Administrative Committee and as a Mentor for Associates. Having deep roots in Miami, Libby firmly believes in giving back to the community.  She currently serves as a Board Member for the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross as well as the Miami Tiffany Circle Chair of the American Red Cross. Libby holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami.


MARKET MANAGERS


Christian Bertot, Regional Market Manager, Senior Vice President

Christian is an accomplished banker with over twenty years of commercial and personal banking experience. His responsibilities include new business development and leading the sales initiatives of the Bank's five office locations. Christian is a Miami native, a graduate of Florida International University and Christopher Columbus High School. 



Maira Diaz-Giusti, Senior Vice President, South Miami Office

Maira is an experienced banker with over twenty five years of commercial and private banking experience. Maira has devoted her career to the financial well-being of her clients in the South Miami, South Gables, and Pinecrest communities. She is the past Treasurer and Executive Board member of The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Greater North Miami Beach Chamber. In addition, she has served on boards and committees of South Miami Hospital Associates, Suited for Success, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and the Aventura Marketing Council. Maira is a native South Floridan and is a graduate of Florida International University. 


Nelson Lopez, Vice President, Aventura Office

Nelson is an experienced financial service professional with over seventeen years of experience. Nelson is incredibly passionate about helping his clients achieve their financial success and is focused on providing his clients with the highest level of care.  He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. He is involved in several organizations in the South Florida community including the Aventura Marketing Council and Prime Time Business Network.


Manuel Vecin, Vice President, Coral Gables & Palmetto Bay Office

Manny is a well-rounded financial professional with fifteen years of experience.  In this role, he is responsible for the growth and overall profitability of the Bank’s Palmetto Bay Office. Manny holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Florida International University. He is involved with Junior Achievement of Greater Miami where he inspires and educates local youth on the importance of workplace readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

 

PREMIER BANKERS

Emilio Vazquez, Senior Vice President

Emilio has over thirty years of financial services experience in the areas of private banking, lending and wealth management.  Emilio manages the Bank's Premier Banking division and the Bank's retail brokerage program. In addition, Emilio is passionate about giving back to the community and has been a member of the Board of Director's of the YES Institute for the last twenty years. Emilio is a graduate of Florida International University and carries the following investment registrations and insurance licenses: Series 7, Series 65, Series 63, Series 24, Florida Life Health and Variable Annuities. Emilio is also an Investment Advisor Representative or IAR.


Alex Jimenez, Vice President

Alex has over twenty years of banking experience helping local businesses grow and expand. Alex currently serves as a volunteer on the Campaign Committee for Legal Services of Greater Miami.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration & Management from Florida International University. 



Lester Romero, Vice President

Lester is a consummate professional and has over twenty year of banking experience in the areas of commercial and private banking. He works closely with high-net-worth individuals and business owners to ensure that their financial needs are met and believes in delivering a first-rate customized client experience to each of his clients. Lester holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Florida International University.


Maray Benitez, Premier Banking Officer

Maray is a seasoned banker with over ten years of experience building client relationships in the South Florida market. Maray is dedicated to guiding clients with all their financial needs, she takes pride in providing the best premier quality experience which develops and strengthens client relationships. She has developed a proven track record of delivering excellent service and guidance to her clients. Maray support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Ms. Benitez holds a Bachelor of Finance degree from Florida International University.


Alessandro Marchetta, Premier Banking Associate

Alessandro supports the Premier Bankers with all aspects of the client experience. This includes assisting local families and businesses to become new clients of Grove Bank and Trust. Additionally, Alessandro assists existing clients with their day-to-day banking needs, assuring that our Premier Clients are always in communication with their bankers. Alessandro is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English. Alessandro is very passionate about community involvement and has been part of The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Feeding South Florida, and Dolphins Cancer Challenge. Alessandro is a Florida International University magna cum laude graduate, holding a marketing degree and several business certifications. 

RESIDENTIAL LENDING


 Juan C. Jaureguizar Senior Vice President – Director of Residential Lending

Juan C. Jaureguizar is the senior vice president and director of residential lending at Grove Bank & Trust. He is a seasoned banking professional with more than 35 years of experience in the residential lending sector. As the head of the residential line of business at Grove Bank & Trust, Mr. Jaureguizar spearheads the bank’s production goals and oversees the implementation of service processes in line with market and mortgage industry standards.Mr. Jaureguizar began his banking career in 1984 as assistant vice president, operations officer at Republic National Bank of Miami. Since then, he has climbed the ranks at different banking institutions including Ocean Bank, Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust, and prior to his current position, International Finance Bank.