Rodrigo Suarez is the head of innovation at Piermont Bank, a relatively new commercial bank that got its charter in 2019. Suarez has been in the financial services industry for a little over 10 years. He began his career with First Manhattan Consulting Group, consulting and management consulting for financial institutions in the U.S. and Latin America. His projects focused on go-to-market strategy, product development, operational effectiveness, and other aspects of financial innovation. In 2018, he started running INV Fintech, a startup accelerator program in partnership with Fiserv, mentoring multiple early stage companies and significantly expanding the program’s corporate ecosystem.
Suarez started working at Piermont Bank in June 2019. As head of innovation, Suarez drives Piermont’s banking-as-a-service offering but he takes care of the business side of things, helping Piermont’s fintech clients offer banking products and services to their users.
Piermont Bank has transitioned to a hybrid work model, with time split between the office and home. Monday through Wednesday, employees come in and Thursday and Friday are days when they work from home. Suarez wakes up around 6:30 a.m., exercises on the Peloton bike for a little bit, reads the day’s news with a cup of coffee and catches up on a few fintech newsletters he’s subscribed to. Suarez’s workday kicks off shortly after and he keeps a busy schedule, launching into emails, calls and meetings.
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