Amerant Appoints Matthew Bruno as Miami-Dade Market President and Maria Olivera as Community Relations Director

The promotions aim to strengthen the representation of the local community while boosting business development growth.

Amerant Bank recently promoted two team members to strengthen its presence and growth in Miami-Dade County. Matthew Bruno has been promoted to the position of Market President for Miami-Dade County, whereas Maria Olivera has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Community Relations Director. The bank is committed to building strong relationships with its clients and community partners. These strategic appointments highlight the bank’s dedication to growth, community engagement, and providing excellent services to the local community.

In his new position, Bruno (pictured) is responsible for promoting business development growth in the commercial bank and supporting business development in all lines of business in Miami-Dade. Additionally, he represents Amerant Bank’s best interests within the Miami-Dade community.

In 2022, Bruno was promoted to Executive Vice President after being with the bank since 2001. Throughout his tenure, he demonstrated hard work and dedication, which helped him rise quickly in various key areas, including retail, middle market, and corporate banking. Aside from his professional accomplishments, he is also active in the community, serving on several local boards, such as the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe County as Chair and the Centro Mater Foundation and Live Like Bella Foundation as a member.

Olivera was hired by the bank in 2017 and held various business development positions, most recently in commercial banking. She has now been promoted to a new role in managing the bank’s community outreach initiatives in all its markets. Since 2018, Olivera has also been a board member at the Lbank’sin Community Center in Homestead, and in November of last year, she was appointed as the Board Chair.

Maria Olivera

“Both Matthew and Maria bring significant ​experience and passion every day toward building lasting relationships with“our clients and community partners, which is exactly what we strive to achieve at Amerant,” Jerry Plush says, Amerant’s Chairman and CEO of Amerant Bank. “I am confident that in their new roles, they will further elevate the personal connection Amerant has with our customers and community and take it to the next level.”

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