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Marquis Bank’s Longtime Controller Is Retiring

May 2nd, 2018 • Press

Michael Teproff is retiring from Marquis Bank after a career of nearly 50 years in the banking industry. Mike has served as Senior Vice President and Controller since the bank’s inception in 2007.

“It was with great regret that we accepted Michael’s resignation. After all, he has been with Marquis Bank since it was founded more than ten years ago and his outstanding contributions are reflected in the tremendous success and growth of the bank. We wish him the best in his retirement,” said Javier Holtz, Chairman and CEO.

Teproff’s banking career took off immediately after graduating with an accounting degree from Boston University.

“The pay was only about $6,000 a year, but I was thrilled to have my first job. With my new banking experience under my belt, I was hired a year later in Miami as a teller at City National Bank. Over a six-year period, I transitioned into the role of internal auditor and my career evolved from there. My accounting degree got me into banking, but most of my banking knowledge has come through ‘learn-on-the-job’ experience,” Teproff said.

His career spanned several South Florida financial institutions, including Jefferson Bancorp for 17 years and Bank of Coral Gables, where he served as Senior Vice President and Controller.

Through the years, Teproff witnessed drastic changes in the industry, from watching big banks swallow community banks and the loss of jobs that followed, numerous technological changes, and increased regulatory requirements. Some changes brought challenges, some made tasks smoother.

“New technology made my job on the accounting side easier. Of course, it was a challenge to learn new programs and systems. But along with the good came all the risks associated with cyber security and the security of wire transfers,” he said. “Notably, increased regulatory requirements have complicated the bank controller’s job.”

Teproff plans to stay active in accounting with consulting work and spending time with his grandchildren and traveling.

Marquis Bank, with more than $580 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

Ryan Welsh Joins Marquis Bank’s SBA Lending Division

March 29th, 2018 • Press

Marquis Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Welsh to its Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending Division as Assistant Vice President and Small Business Loan Business Development Officer.

“Ryan is an excellent addition to our SBA team,” said SVP and Director of Marquis’ SBA Lending Division, Ricky Navarro. “His experience in helping small business owners achieve their goals will be an extremely valuable asset to the Bank as we strengthen our relationships with our customers and continue to provide effective lending solutions.”

A 15 year banking veteran, Welsh brings extensive knowledge in developing and managing loans and deposit portfolios. He most recently served as Assistant Vice President and Banking Center Manager at Bank of the Ozarks. He has also held business development and client management positions at C1 Bank, BankUnited and Wachovia Bank. Welsh attended Georgia State University, majoring in Finance and Sociology. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Student Finance League, a financial literacy non-profit organization.

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.

Marquis Bank Names New Director of Human Resources

March 20th, 2018 • Press

Marquis Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Debbie Kuhn as Vice President and Director of Human Resources. In this position, Ms. Kuhn will be responsible for the overall management and leadership of the Human Resources department.

“We are excited to welcome Debbie to Marquis Bank,” says Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Filip Feller. “We are confident that her HR expertise in talent acquisition and employee development will be extremely valuable to us as we continue to grow.”

Ms. Kuhn brings more than 25 years of human resources experience to Marquis Bank. She most recently served as Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Stonegate Bank, where she was one of the original employees and helped the organization grow to nearly 500 employees. In 2016, Ms. Kuhn was named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s Power Leaders in Human Resources. She also served as Chair of the Florida Banker’s Association Benefits and Wellness Program.

Marquis Bank Hires Team for Fort Lauderdale Expansion

March 12th, 2018 • Press

Four seasoned banking professionals have joined Marquis Bank to lead the bank’s expansion into Broward County with a loan production office and a new branch scheduled to open soon in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The new team will be headed by South Florida banking veteran Steven Sanzone who joins Marquis as market president after spending the last 14 years as executive vice president and senior loan officer at Stonegate Bank.

Sanzone will be joined by Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer Mark Huard, who will be responsible for developing business and commercial real estate relationships in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Huard has held similar positions at Stonegate Bank, Community Bank of Broward and Union Planters Bank. Also joining the Fort Lauderdale team are Banking Center Manager Jerry Grace and Commercial Loan Assistant Hazel Acea.

“We view the growth into these markets as a natural progression and I am delighted to welcome Steve and his team to Marquis Bank. They are talented bankers and their track record speaks for itself,” said Chairman and CEO Javier Holtz.

“Our success is built on our ability to deliver reliable financial services with a great deal of personal care, one client at a time. Because of that I am confident that we will be able to make an impact in the Broward market,” Sanzone said.

About Marquis Bank Marquis Bank, with more than $580 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

5-Star Marquis Bank Meeting Today’s Needs; Anticipating Tomorrow’s

March 5th, 2018 • Press

BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, is proud to announce that Marquis Bank, Coral Gables, Florida has once again secured its highest, 5-Star rating. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) In fact, Marquis Bank has earned and maintained this top 5-Star rating for 20 consecutive quarters.

“A lot of things have changed since the Great Recession,” reflects Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “Technology, in particular, has changed the way many people bank, but it will never replace a bank’s knowledge of its customers. Community banks, like Marquis Bank, have the upper hand on that. Through personal interaction, they can meet their customers’ needs today while anticipating them for tomorrow.”

Marquis Bank was established in 2007 and has been growing alongside its customers for 11 years. Today it operates through two conveniently located offices in Aventura and Coral Gables and can also be found online at

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