BBVA Compass, official bank of the NBA, was the logical partner for the Legends, as members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association’s Houston chapter (NBRPA Houston) are known. Not only because of the bank’s partnership with the NBA, but also because of its reputation as a strong bank and good corporate citizen.
“BBVA Compass stood out due to its focus on teamwork, people and community involvement,” said Major Jones, president of the chapter. “The bank’s proven commitment to the values we shared made our decision to bank with them an easy one.”
The association and its membership found added comfort in knowing that two bank employees have strong ties with the association, and want to see it succeed. NBRPA Houston Vice President Kevin Loder recently joined the bank as a regional partnership banker and NBRPA Houston Advisory Board Member Larry Franco is the bank’s South and East Texas regional retail executive.
On Nov. 1, Jones and Loder officially transferred the NBRPA Houston banking relationship to BBVA Compass during a luncheon hosted in the bank’s new corporate tower in Houston. The event was attended by members of the association, including John Egan and Ollie Taylor, and the chapter’s advisory board members.
“The new relationship between NBRPA Houston and BBVA Compass is a progressive and productive move,” said Elizabeth Lloyd, NBRPA Houston advisory board member and sales executive with the Houston Rockets. “Together, we ensure the ongoing financial success of the Houston Chapter, allowing its members to continue supporting the community long after their playing days are over.”
As part of the relationship with BBVA Compass, interested members of NBRPA Houston can also participate in Compass for Your Cause, a banking service that helps raise money for nonprofits through everyday banking activity. Monies raised will be directly reinvested into the association to help continue its charitable and educational initiatives, including basketball clinics and support for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; health and wellness programs; and Project WET, a program designed to teach children to manage, preserve and protect water resources.
“At BBVA Compass, we put the client at the center of everything we do,” said Franco. “We’re pleased to have the association’s Houston chapter as our newest client and look forward to providing unique solutions for their specific needs.”