BBVA Compass hires veteran banker to lead its loan production office in the Bay Area

- Local banking team provides financial expertise
- Jim Hatter to serve as market president
- Office opened in March in McKesson Plaza

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass hired veteran banker Jim Hatter to serve as the Bay Area market president for the bank's new loan production office in San Francisco.

"We're pleased to have Jim lead our Bay Area offices," said Ron Smith, Western regional executive for Commercial Banking at BBVA Compass. "He has more than a quarter-century of experience in the area and has already built a seasoned local commercial banking team to advise technology, health care, government and other clients."

The San Francisco office opened in March at 1 Post St. in McKesson Plaza in the city's financial district.

BBVA Compass now has loan production offices across the United States, with approval to open additional offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, Tenn., Columbus, Ohio, and the North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh.

Hatter most recently served as a senior vice president and area manager at Bank of the West in its national banking division. He began his banking career in 1987 with Barclays Bank PLC, where he managed businesses in New York and London. Since 1998, he has worked in San Francisco for several financial institutions.

Hatter received his master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and his bachelor's degree in investment finance from California State University-Northridge. Hatter is a community volunteer and active youth sports leader. He is the board chairman of California's Court Appointed Special Advocate Association and is also a member of the San Francisco chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

About BBVA Group

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (BBVA) (BBVA.MA). 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. 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 the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 684 branches, including 352 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 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 lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting

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

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