Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) announced today that a new member was elected to its Board of Directors. JA New York officially welcomed Manuel A. Chinea, EVP & Chief Operating Offier, Popular Community Bank. Since 1929, JA New York has worked to provide K-12 students from New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Manuel is an Executive Vice President of Popular Inc, a leading financial institution with $40 billion in assets and operations in Puerto Rico, the United States mainland and the Caribbean. He is based in New York and serves as Chief Operating Officer of Popular Community Bank, Popular Inc’s $9 billion banking subsidiary in the U.S. mainland with operations in NY, NJ and FL. In that capacity, he oversees all operations and business activities for the New York-based Popular Community Bank.
Manuel has worked at Popular for 28 years and has held leading roles in the areas of marketing, sales, product management, consumer lending, insurance, investments, retail operations and business banking. Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Manuel served as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Retail Banking Operations. He has distinguished himself for leading transformational changes, such as the rebranding of the U.S. operations from Banco Popular North America to Popular Community Bank; the sale of Popular’s operations in California, Illinois and Orlando; the acquisition and integration of Doral Bank; and most recently, the ramp up of commercial lending activity as well as the ongoing efforts to transform the bank’s retail banking network.
For over two decades, Manuel has been an active member and officer of several marketing, credit, treasury management and not-for-profit organizations, and he currently serves as Board Member of the Hispanic Federation. Manuel received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
“Our board continues to grow and diversify to reflect the wide range of sectors that will employ young people in the future,” said Joseph A. Peri, President of JA New York. He added, “We are excited to welcome Manuel to JA New York’s Board of Directors. His energy and enthusiasm for our mission, as well as strategic expertise, will help us to better position and strengthen our brand in a competitive educational marketplace.”
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ABOUT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NEW YORK
Junior Achievement of New York is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. We recruit, train, and mobilize more than 6,600 corporate and community volunteers to provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA New York delivers more than 85,000 student experiences per year to more than 275 NYC, Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley schools. Visit www.jany.org for more information.
SOURCE: Junior Achievement of New York
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