Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to headline BBVA Compass' series of economic forums

- Tech industry icon the star of bank's events

- He kicks off the client events this week in Dallas and Fort Worth

- Tour will also include stops in Houston, Birmingham and Phoenix

March 05, 2015

DALLAS, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will offer his perspective on the digital economy to BBVA Compass clients this spring as he headlines the bank's economic forums.

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A titan in the tech industry, Wozniak designed Apple's first line of products and founded the company with Steve Jobs. He will kick off the annual BBVA Compass Economic Forums this week in Dallas and will also speak in Fort Worth, Houston, Birmingham and Phoenix. The forums, focused this year on technology and the economy, are an extension of the bank's efforts to team with individuals and organizations that can offer expertise to the bank's clients in a useful and sophisticated way.

"Wozniak helped revolutionize the personal computer industry, and his perspective is hugely important to us as the banking industry is undergoing its own digital transformation," said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez. "But beyond that, we're bringing to our clients a guy whose ingenuity helped changed the world — literally — and just being in the same room with him and hearing what he has to say will be invaluable."

The bank launched its popular economic forum series in late 2012, and last year featured former U.S. President George W. Bush. Other headliners have been former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers; Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton; and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, Bowles' Republican co-chair on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

BBVA Compass Chief Economist Nathaniel Karp will also provide economic insight at the events. The bank has developed a robust Economic Research team with expertise across several geographies and areas of study.

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About BBVA Group

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass earned the top ranking with customers in American Banker's 2014 annual reputation survey of the top 25 largest U.S. retail banks. It also has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and in 2014 ranked 12th nationally in total SBA loan volume. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, Member FDIC.

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