Banesco USA Creates Business and Professional Division for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

The community bank in Miami boasts $3.54 billion in assets with six branches in South Florida and Puerto Rico.

Banesco USA has recently launched its Business and Professional Division to cater to the diverse business requirements of its clients. This newly formed team will offer tailor-made banking solutions to entrepreneurs, small business owners and professionals. With the changing economic landscape of South Florida, Banesco USA recognizes the need for a specialized banking division that can redefine the traditional banking experience for businesses and professionals. The aim is to provide all-encompassing solutions that streamline customer service efforts and enhance the banking experience.

“With the aim of serving as a trusted financial partner, our Business & Professional Division is focused on delivering a client-centric approach,” Calixto (Cali) Garcia-Velez says, president and CEO of Banesco USA. “As established bankers, our dedicated relationship managers will provide clients with personalized, innovative banking solutions to support the success of small businesses and independent professionals in our community.”

Recently, Banesco has welcomed a team of skilled banking professionals to support the growth and demands of the division. Among the new hires are Lisa Gonzalez, who holds the position of Senior Vice President and Business and Professional Manager; Luis Gonzalez, who serves as Senior Vice President and Team Manager for the Business & Professional Relationship Managers; and Terri Castellano, who leads the Client Relationship Team as Senior Vice President and Team Leader. With their expertise and leadership, they will spearhead the division’s progress.

The bank’s new team will focus on creating new business opportunities by providing loans, deposits, residential mortgages and treasury management services. They aim to reach out to the varied business community in the South Florida region, including locally established companies like distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, and professional services clients such as attorneys, physicians, dentists, and veterinarians. They will also target entrepreneurs, including business owners and real estate investors.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.