Immigrant background is his bedrock
Title: Head of U.S. Premier Service Sales
Organization: BMO Financial Group
Edward Suarez is a leader with an extensive and diverse background as an experienced banking professional. As the head of U.S. premier service sales for BMO Harris Bank, Suarez brings a results-oriented approach to the business with employee engagement and relationship building at its core. Through unity, encouragement, and professional development, Suarez drives sustainable corporate growth.
As a Cuban immigrant, Suarez’s personal experiences integrating into American society, while learning a new language, have helped him adapt to an evolving industry. His humble upbringing, which included helping to pay family bills in high school and putting himself through school, fueled his success. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from DeVry University and an MBA from Temple University, both with 4.0 GPAs. He started in the financial industry in college and has lived in Philadelphia, Wisconsin, Florida, and Illinois. The changes in environment have exposed Suarez to an array of cultures, thus his specialty in leading diverse teams. His drive, perseverance, and team motivation have led his departments to outperform peers nationally.
Suarez enjoys working with people. Mentoring and helping others improve brings him joy. A fixer at heart, he connects with employees at all levels to identify and address underlying challenges. Suarez is known as a people-first leader.
Suarez cherishes his time at home with his partner Sarah and their two daughters Julia and Sally. They have two dogs and two cats. He has a passion for cooking and collects kitchen knives, which he prides himself on using really well. He and his wife love to socialize and entertain and often host neighbors at their house. Suarez loves to travel and visits family all over the world.
Words of wisdom: The best things in life often hide behind our inability to act; say yes to the things that challenge you most and growth will follow.