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Victor Balestra

Advisory Board Member

Dean's Advisory Board


Recently retired as chairman of Espirito Santo Bank, Victor C. Balestra is one of South Florida’s most engaged and dynamic business and civic leaders. Victor spent approximately half of his 42-year banking career in the international banking field. He began his career in New Orleans and Minneapolis, arriving in Miami in the early 1980s to open an international banking subsidiary for Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C. In 1990, he joined Espirito Santo Bank as President and CEO. He became chairman of the Florida-chartered bank in 2006, remaining in that position until his retirement. Victor is deeply committed to South Florida. He is a board member of the INCAE Foundation and FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences & Education Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a past director and chairman of the former Mercy Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of the ASHOKA Support Network for social entrepreneurs. He is a former board member of Habitat for Humanity of Miami and past president of FIU’s President’s Council as well as the Florida International Bankers Association. Victor has a law degree from Uruguay’s Universidad de la Republica and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.