BBVA USA has appointed Luis Ramirez to corporate banking manager in the Denver area, adding to a growing operation in the bank’s Colorado commercial team.

The promotion places Ramirez, a veteran banker with 21 years of experience in commercial and corporate banking, in a thriving market that saw 163 new startups form in downtown Denver alone this past year.

Ramirez will be tasked with helping area companies enhance their operations through trusted advice and industry-leading banking products, managing a group of relationship managers, and continuing to grow the Colorado commercial team as part of the bank’s goals in 2020.

“Luis has a valuable skill set that will blend smoothly into the rapidly-expanding Denver and Colorado business landscape,” said BBVA USA Colorado CEO Andy Wykstra. “This area’s economy is growing, and that growth is fostering a boom in startups and other companies. Financial institutions need to adapt and innovate to meet the needs of these businesses, and Luis is one of the best people to lead that effort for BBVA in Denver, Boulder and everywhere in between.”

Ramirez was previously the bank’s Northern Colorado Market president, leading a team that served three markets that included Ft. Collins, Greeley and Loveland, CO. He served in this role for over eight years before being promoted to his current position.

Prior to joining BBVA, he managed a commercial banking group in Northern Colorado for a Colorado-based community bank, and also spent nine years in middle market banking for various large financial institutions.