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Marquis Bank: A 5-Star Superior Bank

August 29th, 2017 • Press

Marquis Bank has earned a coveted 5-Star rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) Marquis Bank has earned and maintained this top 5-Star rating for 18 consecutive quarters, and that deserves recognition.

“By earning Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating, Marquis Bank proves to its customers and the community that it is committed to their needs and to financial discipline,” notes Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “As times change, so do customers’ needs. Community banks like Marquis Bank excel at finding ways to meet these ever-changing needs while maintaining financial discipline and prudent underwriting.”

Marquis Bank was established in 2007, and has been providing personal service to its neighbors and friends for the 10 years since. Today it operates through two conveniently located offices in Aventura and Coral Gables and can be found on the internet at

Marquis Bank Commits $275,000 to Help Educate Low-Income Children

July 27th, 2017 • Press

Marquis Bank has committed $275,000 to helping low-income children in Miami-Dade County to receive quality educational opportunities.

“There is a significant need in Miami-Dade County, and assisting the youth of South Florida is a very important part of Marquis Bank’s mission and values. It is our belief that this gift can help children to build on their future and the future of our community. I would like to encourage other banks in South Florida to join in this positive effort to give more educational options to the low-income children of Miami-Dade,” said Wanda Marin, Marquis Bank’s Compliance Officer and Audit Manager.

Marquis Bank donated through the AAA Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships solely to qualifying low-income, disabled or displaced students. It is one of two scholarship funding organizations approved to administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarships enable low-income children to gain access to schools that will lead to a successful outcome.

About AAA Scholarship Foundation The AAA Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships solely to qualifying low-income, disabled and/or displaced students. The typical AAA Scholarship student is an ethnic minority living with a struggling single parent/caregiver in a high crime community. More than 85 percent of AAA scholarships are distributed to children at or below 185 percent of poverty. Many children are either below grade level, failing at their previous school or both when they receive a scholarship. Parents, who find their children in these circumstances and care about their future, look for viable options. They seek an atmosphere that challenges their child and will reverse inadequate learning, social patterns and the potential lifelong negative impact. They wish to change their child’s learning environment, acquaintances and the unfortunate predictable outcomes associated with school failure.

About Marquis Bank Marquis Bank, with more than $490 million in assets, is a full-service community bank dedicated to serving business owners, professionals and investors. Marquis has successfully blended convenient state-of-the-art technology with personal attention to create an exceptional banking experience for its clients. For more information, please call 305.443.2922 or visit

Oscar Mendez Joins Marquis Bank’s SBA Lending Division

June 30th, 2017 • Press

Marquis Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Oscar A. Mendez Jr. to its Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending Division as Vice President and Small Business Loan Business Development Officer.

“I am delighted to have Oscar join our SBA team. His expertise and experience in business in the SBA field will be an invaluable asset to Marquis Bank,” said Ricky Navarro, SVP and Director of the SBA Lending Division.

A 19 year banking veteran, Mendez, brings extensive knowledge in developing and managing loans and deposit portfolios. He most recently served as Vice President, SBA and Commercial Lender at Bank of the Ozarks. He holds a training certification from Omega Credit and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders in SBA Underwriting and SBA Advanced Cash Flow Analysis.

Marquis Bank is a member of the SBA Preferred Lender Program (PLP), which gives the Bank full delegation to make lending decisions on behalf of the SBA, in turn accelerate the funding timeline for SBA loans to qualified businesses. To earn PLP designation, lenders must establish a successful track record and display a thorough understanding of SBA lending policies and procedures.

Marquis Bank’s SBA Lending Division specializes in providing qualifying business owners with as much as 90% financing for the acquisition of owner–occupied commercial real estate for up to 25 years; fully amortizing. Additionally, through the SBA programs Marquis Bank can offer longer and more flexible loan terms for business acquisition as well as for the purchase of equipment, inventory, debt refinancing, and working capital.

Wanda Marin Named to AAA Scholarship Foundation Bank Advisory Board

June 20th, 2017 • Press

Wanda Marin, Vice President and Regulatory Compliance Officer and Audit Manager at Marquis Bank has been elected to serve on the AAA Scholarship Foundation Bank Advisory Board. The advisory board serves as a strategic partner to the AAA Scholarship Foundation, offering knowledge, experience and recommendations to improve the foundation’s outreach, marketing and services to better assist the foundation’s clients and donors.

“We are truly grateful to have Wanda Marin join us on the advisory board,” says Kerri Vaughan, Managing Director of the AAA Scholarship Foundation. “Wanda’s wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise will greatly assist us in our efforts to grow our relationship with those in the financial industry and expand our reach to more low-income families that are in desperate need of educational options for their children.”

The AAA Scholarship Foundation Bank Advisory Board consists of banking experts, currently working in any aspect of the banking field, interested in improving the educational opportunities of economically disadvantaged children in the communities in which they serve.

“I look forward to working with my fellow advisory board members to discuss how we can continue to advocate for our most vulnerable students,” says Marin. “Children are our greatest resource and they all deserve an education that will allow them to pursue a successful future.”

The AAA Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) that exclusively serves low-income children through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This program allows any company that pays Florida corporate tax to redirect that liability to AAA to provide K-12 education scholarships for economically disadvantaged children.

Ms. Marin joined Marquis Bank in September 2016 and is responsible ensuring overall conformity of the Bank’s Compliance and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) programs and adherence to all federal and state regulations and policies pertaining to the Bank.

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