Marcos A. Kerbel, MBA, CPA, CFP, CPAML
Marcos A. Kerbel is a distinguished international banker, CPA, CFP, university professor, consultant and community leader.
Mr. Kerbel earned a BBA degree in Accounting and a MBA in International Banking from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation, he began his banking career in 1969 with Pan American Bank, Miami (now Bank of America) where he rose from management trainee to Senior Vice President and Deputy Manager of its International Division.
In 1978, Marcos joined Israel Discount Bank Ltd. to head its then newly licensed International Banking Office in Miami, having been the first license issued by the State of Florida. He remained with the bank for 22 years as Senior Vice President and Manager.
A founding treasurer in 1979 and past chair of the board of directors of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) in 1987-1988, Mr. Kerbel has chaired many of the organization's committees. Since 2007, he has chaired the Education and Training Committee and was named Dean of the FIBA Institute for Financial Education, A Global Center of Excellence (FIFE). The Committee also oversees the AMLCA and CPAML Anti-Money Laundering Certifications and other educational programs in partnership with Florida International University (FIU).
In 2004, he co-authored "Leading the Way - A Comprehensive History of International Banking in Florida" as well as a complementary video. The book's second edition was published in May, 2015.
In 1988, Florida Governor Robert Martínez appointed Marcos to the International Banking Trade Study Commission which, inter alias, created the Florida Export Finance Corporation. In 1982, he was honored with the Gold Medallion from the City of Miami Beach for exceptional international leadership. In 2011, he was confirmed by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners as a member of its Antonio Jorge Social and Economic Development Council (SEDC) and has been a member of MOV'N Committee of the County and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce dealing with traffic and transportation issues. He is also a trustee of the Operation Pedro Pan Group (OPPG).
A well-known educator since 1973, Marcos has been teaching finance and global banking courses at Florida International University in Miami since 1980, where he has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by both the university faculty and student organizations. Throughout the years he has taught hundreds of Cuban students in Miami and in these courses the financial and banking system of Cuba is discussed. In 2016 he taught a group of "cuentapropistas" from Cuba. He has also taught at Barry University and Miami-Dade College and its Center for Financial Training. Currently he teaches at UNIBE in the Dominican Republic and the Center of Monetary and Banking Studies (CEMB) at University Thomas More in Managua, Nicaragua. Mr. Kerbel has participated as a speaker in hemispheric conferences and is interviewed by the media on economic, banking, finance and community related topics locally and in several countries.In May 2020 he accepted the invitation to become a member of CasaCuba Scholarly Advisory Council.