S3 Episode 3: Raul Anaya, Banking on Latino Entrepreneurs
In This Episode
Raul Anaya first witnessed the drive and resilience of the Latino business owner when his father opened Anaya’s Body and Paint Shop in Brownsville, Texas.
As President of Business Banking at Bank of America—and now as a member of the board of trustees for the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Latino—Anaya continues to witness the power of Latinos when they want to build something. And exactly how hope and optimism guides us as a community of entrepreneurs.
Anaya has seen it over the course of three decades. Bank of America has not only provided him with the opportunity to appreciate the kind of courage his father showed when he walked into a bank to ask for a loan—it’s allowed him the opportunity to personally support diverse business owners and properly reflect the community. Because for Anaya, we’re in this together.
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About Our Guest
Raul A. Anaya is president of Business Banking, one of Bank of America’s eight lines of business, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. He leads a nationwide team that serves mid-sized U.S.-based companies with annual revenues between $5 million and $50 million, by delivering strategic financial advice and solutions to help companies grow, improve cash flow and invest for the future.
In addition to his responsibilities as president of Business Banking, Anaya serves as president of Bank of America for Greater Los Angeles. In this capacity, he serves as the enterprise leader for Los Angeles, leading integration of Bank of America’s business lines to ensure delivery of the full breadth and depth of the bank’s global financial services to more individuals and businesses locally. He also oversees the bank’s local corporate and social responsibility activities, including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives,
diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism for the bank’s 8,000 associates that work in the Greater Los Angeles region.
Anaya joined Bank of America in Houston in 1989. Most recently, he led Global Commercial Banking teams as Pacific Southwest region executive, and he was previously the market executive for the Greater Los Angeles, Arizona, and South Texas markets.
Anaya advises Bank of America’s Hispanic-Latino Executive Council, which consists of the bank’s 200 most senior Hispanic-Latino bank executives in the U.S. The council helps develop and advance the bank’s Hispanic-Latino employee base and helps grow the bank’s leading market share position within the U.S. Hispanic-Latino markets.
Anaya is also a member of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, which is chaired by the bank’s CEO and includes senior executives across the company to drive diversity initiatives and foster an inclusive environment at the company.
Active in the business community, Anaya serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (past Chair), the AltaMed Health Services Foundation (current Chair), The California Science Center Foundation (past Chair), The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino in Washington D.C. Anaya is also a member of the Angeleno and Pasadena chapters of YPO Gold.
Anaya earned a bachelor’s of business administration in finance from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
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