Hispanic Heritage Month - Member Spotlight
Paz Criado

October 4, 2022
What is your name? 
Paz Criado

Who is your employer? 
Fieldpoint Private Bank & Trust

What is your current profession or role in commercial real estate? 
Managing Director / Senior Commercial Banker 
I have 16 years of experience in Commercial Banking in which I have served many clients in their efforts to grow their businesses by anticipating their working capital, business banking, credit, business expansion and real estate financing needs. I also work with my wealth advisory teammates to deliver streamlined solutions for the complex needs of client families across the full spectrum of banking, credit, wealth planning, investment, and risk management needs.  

What is your involvement in CREW Orlando?
I have been a member since 2018 and I participate in multiple committees including the Sponsorships and Communications Committees. Currently, I am a 2022 CREW Network Leadership Certificate Program cohort and will be attending CREW Convention in Chicago.

How has your heritage shaped the person you are today? 
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the United States with my family in 2020. My father had come to the United States several times beforehand and participated in the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale boat show. This resulted in his decision to expand his business into the United States boating industry. 

When my family moved to the United States, we settled in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and I worked for my father’s company. Shortly after, I moved to Orlando and got married. A few years and 2 kids later I decided to start my career in banking by enrolling into college. I knew right away that college was going to be a challenge. Many questioned my decision and constantly asked, “why are you going to college? You don’t even speak proper English…”  but as my parents always told me… “never stop believing in yourself”. So, I did just that, and I graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, with honors! 

Argentinians are known for being fighters, go getters, and strong minded. And I attribute much of my success in my personal and professional life to what I have learned in my country and the ability to communicate in two languages. Being bilingual has opened many doors for me. 

Why is Hispanic Heritage Month important to you?
To me, Hispanic Heritage Month creates an opportunity to share and educate others about our culture and why we honor our traditions. I am very proud of my heritage and I want to share it with everyone. It is also an opportunity to recognize the achievements and contributions of the many Hispanics who have inspired others to achieve success like Jovita Idar, Ellen Ochoa, and Carolina Herrera, to name a few.