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Breaking News: Luis de la Aguilera Makes a Leap at USCB Financial Holdings

The president and CEO is named chairman of the board of the 21-year-old Miami bank

USCB Financial Holdings (NASDAQ: USCB) and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, U.S. Century Bank, announced the appointment of Luis de la Aguilera to succeed Aida Levitan, Ph.D. as chairman of the board of directors for both the company and the bank. Levitan had served as chairman of the board since 2017 and will continue to contribute as a valued member of the Board.

Mr. de la Aguilera will continue serving as president and CEO.

“As president and CEO of USCB Financial Holdings, Inc., I am honored to assume the additional responsibility of chairman of the board,” said Mr. de la Aguilera. “Our unwavering focus remains on organic and sustainable growth, ensuring that USCB Financial Holdings Inc. continues to thrive in a sound and prudent manner. We are poised to become a leading franchise in what I feel is one of the most attractive banking markets in the United States. On behalf of the board and the entire USCB team, I thank Aida Levitan for her leadership for the past six years.”

De la Aguilera has served as president and CEO of the company since 2015. USCB has grown into one of the largest community banks headquartered in Miami and one of the leading community banks in the state, with assets exceeding $2.2 billion and a network of 10 banking centers. U.S. Century Bank earned its 5-star rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm.

A banking professional for 40 years, de la Aguilera held prior roles including serving as president and chief executive officer of TotalBank, overseeing branch-based commercial lending and business development at Ocean Bank, and leading business banking and lending activities at Republic National Bank.

In addition to de la Aguilera’s extensive banking background, he is prominent within the Florida Bankers Association, where he served on the board from 2017-2020. He also served from 2012-2015 as a director of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and continues his association as an associate instructor. Additionally, he was appointed to represent Florida on the American Bankers Association (ABA) Government Relations Council for 2014-2015.

De la Aguilera graduated from the University of Miami in 1981 with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in business administration.

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