Latinos in Finance hosted an event geared towards guiding experienced professionals in taking the next steps to develop their career. The event took place at the New York Life offices.
Alejandro started his career in financial services within the Private Client Services division of Lehman Brothers.
He went on to serve as Managing Director at DEPFA Bank and Vice President for KNN-Zions First National Bank, before establishing IPFC Group, which provided consulting services for development agencies, governments, and supranational entities, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), European Union Water Commission, and the German Development Bank-GTZ. The work included assessing over 15 financing projects and 50 financial institutions, in over 20 countries.
He subsequently served as Vice President of Public Finance with SNW Securities in California, where he led the firm’s investment banking in California and Mexico.
Today, Mr. Caminos is a Financial Services Professional at New York Life, where he assists clients with personal finance and risk management.
Giving back is a top priority. He serves on HSF’s San Francisco Advisory Council, is the Vice President and Chairman of the External Relations Committee of Latinos in Finance, and a Partner at the Risk and Value Creation Institute. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, an independent co-educational day school in San Francisco’s East Bay area.
His advice to others, including those who may be considering a higher education or career in financial services is simple: "Anything is possible. Never give up. In the face of adversity, keep going."
Carlos joined the New York Life in May of 2015 as the Latino Market Manger and Recruiter. Carlos was born and raised in Northern California in the middle of wine country. Prior to joining New York Life, Carlos worked 5 years in the telecommunication industry as a sales representative. Carlos is passionate about building strong ties within the Latino community of San Francisco by increasing financial literacy and awareness for long-term financial planning.
In his spare time, he loves to travel, spend time with family, and attend San Francisco Giants games with his beautiful wife Jeniffer.
Carlos Zapata, MSFA
Born and raised in Lima, Peru Carlos Zapata, MSFA has nineteen years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in portfolio management, equity research analysis, and options.
Carlos spent the last eleven years as an independent financial advisor and portfolio manager at the firm he founded, PanAmerican Investments. Prior to that, he worked for GE Financial Advisors where he was recognized as the Top Financial Advisor in 2002. He started in the financial services industry with Prudential Securities in San Francisco.
Carlos enjoys soccer, cycling, reading, listening to music and spending time with his wife and two teen-aged boys.
He received an MS in Financial Analysis degree from the University of San Francisco, and a BA and BS from California State University East Bay.
Oscar Olivas joined the U.S. High Yield team at Wells Capital Management in 2006 and is a senior analyst covering the energy and financial sectors. Oscar also has extensive experience covering utilities, gaming and lodging, and media companies. Prior to his current position, Oscar was responsible for portfolio analytics in addition to supporting trading functions and client communications. He began his investment management career in 2004 at Wells Capital Management, where he spent two years on the marketing team. Oscar has earned dual bachelor’s degrees in business administration and Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of Wells Fargo’s Credit Management Training Program. He has earned the right to use the CFA designation.
Oscar spends his free time coaching his younger son’s soccer team, volunteering on the UC Berkeley LBSA Alumni Fund Board and actively engages in diversity focused events for the Walter A. Haas School of Business and Wells Fargo Asset Management.
Fernando J. Cabrales
Fernando is the COO of FinTech Portfolio and FinTech School.
Previously, Mr.Cabrales led the Latin American Product team for research, product development and performance management efforts of BlackRock’s iShares® ETFs domiciled in Latin America. In addition, he was responsible for identifying opportunities to bring new asset classes and exposures to the region and implementing cross-border regulatory product approvals for Latin American pension funds to invest in iShares® ETFs domiciled in US, EMEA and Asia.
Prior to his role with the BlackRock Latin American business, he was part of the Investment Operations team at Barclays Global Investors (acquired by BlackRock in 2009) responsible for managing a platform of Fixed Income global hedge funds.
Before joining Barclays Global Investors, Mr. Cabrales held several roles at Investors Bank & Trust including managing a team in Trading Operations and started his career in accounting for Private Equity Limited Partnerships.