As Phoenix president, Vanderpool assumes the responsibilities for connecting Bank of America’s banking and investment resources offered through the company’s eight lines of business to people and companies in the region. He also leads the effort to deploy the company’s resources to help advance economic mobility and build strong communities.
Vanderpool joined Bank of America in 2007 and retains his role as Phoenix market executive, leading operations for Phoenix and working in partnership with the company’s Phoenix leadership team to drive market share growth, employee engagement and the bank’s brand locally.
Vanderpool previously held a leadership role as a Business Banking market executive with the company in Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and received an MBA from the University of California at Riverside. Vanderpool also attended the Pacific Coast Banking School, a graduate school within the University of Washington, where he serves as a faculty member teaching their capstone leadership course.
Having deep ties to the Phoenix community, Vanderpool is engaged in local nonprofit organizations and serves as the board chair of the Arizona Banker’s Association and is a board member of ICAN: Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods and Education Forward Arizona. Vanderpool lives in Phoenix with his wife and two children.
During his distinguished career, Almanza delivered Bank of America’s resources to clients and communities in Phoenix and across Arizona, helping direct close to $125 million in philanthropic investments that have led to better outcomes for tens of thousands of individuals and families.
Civically active, Almanza holds membership in the California State Bar Association and the U.S. District Court Northern District Association and serves on the board of Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Bankers Association. He also is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Almanza has received numerous accolades for his contributions, most recently including the award of Emeritus Status with Teach for America and last fall he was named the inaugural recipient of Education Forward Arizona’s Luminary Award.
“Benito has led with distinction and made a lasting impact on our employees, clients and nonprofit organizations,” said Brian Moynihan, chief executive officer, Bank of America. “We thank him for breaking barriers and serving as a role model for so many and look forward to continued growth with Scott becoming the next Phoenix president.”
In addition to his Phoenix president roles, Almanza held leadership positions in a variety of areas within Global Commercial Banking and Business Banking. As Business Banking vice chair, he deepened connections with the Hispanic-Latino community and business owners through his leadership of the Hispanic-Latino Business Councils and by driving key initiatives.
Born in the farming community of Hanford, CA, Almanza’s parents, who themselves only had grade-school educations, encouraged their children to pursue their education. Almanza excelled in school, earning degrees from Stanford and Santa Clara University. For the past 10 years, Almanza served on Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Alumni Interview team.
“The honor of representing Bank of America and creating meaningful change across so many sectors has been one of the privileges of my lifetime,” said Almanza. “With the bank’s resources, we have created positive, generational impacts, particularly in low- and moderate-income communities across Arizona. Having worked alongside Scott for many years now, our leadership team is in a great position to continue delivering what Phoenix’s economy needs from us. None of this would have been possible without my family, so I wish to acknowledge my wife, Rosa, and our children and grandchildren for their unwavering support.”
“I am looking forward to helping deliver on our continued commitment of Responsible Growth across Phoenix, a community I care deeply about,” said Vanderpool. “We have much to be proud of here in the Valley of the Sun, but we also have more work to do to build a more inclusive economy. Together with our Bank of America team, I know we can continue improving people’s financial lives.”