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Amerant Bank Named the Official Hometown Bank of University of Miami Athletics

Multi-faceted partnership includes UM football, basketball and baseball, along with spearheading the ‘Hometown Heroes’ program, which celebrates heroes who have served our country and the local community, and more

April 6, 2022

CORAL GABLES, FLApril 6, 2022 – University of Miami Athletics and Amerant Bank today announced a broad-based strategic partnership making Amerant Bank the Official “Hometown Bank” partner of the Miami Hurricanes. Amerant Bank is headquartered in Coral Gables and has been serving the South Florida community for over 40 years. 

The partnership includes UM’s football, basketball and baseball programs, while additionally providing Amerant a robust presence across all University of Miami Athletics programs.

The partnership features programming that supports the South Florida youth community, which is centered around Elementary School Day programming and youth sports clinics. The programs will provide athletic, as well as educational elements tying into Amerant Bank and its core values.

Additionally,  Amerant Bank will highlight local heroes by sponsoring the University of Miami’s Hometown Hero efforts which supports active and former Military Service men and women, and First Responders at UM Athletics events. Amerant Bank and the University of Miami will collaborate on a Service Member Appreciation experience that will provide our local service members a chance to meet and engage with the Miami Hurricanes.

“We are pleased to enter into such an impactful, multi-year partnership with University of Miami Athletics,” said Jerry Plush, Vice Chairman, President & CEO of Amerant Bank. “The scope not only includes UM athletics, but also encompasses engaging local heroes and first responders, as well as a robust youth program. This new partnership closely aligns with our community-focused values.”

Amerant Bank is a strong proponent of both sports and the arts within the communities it serves. The bank is currently featuring their Amerant Latin American Arts Gallery within the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s 20th anniversary celebration, and recently commissioned ‘The Stacks’ as a live art and music experience at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

“We are proud to join efforts with Amerant Bank, the “Hometown Bank” of the Miami Hurricanes, which shares our commitment to excellence and to the community,” said Chris Maragno, SVP Hurricanes Global Partnerships. “As Coral Gables neighbors we are looking forward to collaborating on programs that enrich our community.”

Legends, which has managed corporate sponsorships and multimedia rights for UM Athletics since April 2021, facilitated the partnership.


About Amerant Bank

Amerant Bank is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida, with 17 banking centers in South Florida and 7 in Houston, TX. The bank has been serving clients for over 40 years, both domestically and abroad, and comprises subsidiaries Amerant Investments and Amerant Mortgage. Rooted in the communities it serves, Amerant Bank supports numerous non-profit, charitable and arts organizations. For news and updates, visit the Amerant Newsroom.

University of Miami Athletics

The University of Miami’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), supports more than 400 student-athletes across 18 sports. Miami has won 21 team national championships and 83 individual national championships in its storied history. UM Athletics is dedicated to developing and supporting its student-athletes in their efforts to achieve personal, academic and athletic excellence, resulting in the highest standards of achievement. For more information visit www.miamihurricanes.com.

About Legends

Founded in 2008, Legends is a premium experiences company with six divisions operating worldwide – Global Planning, Global Sales, Global Partnerships, Hospitality, Global Merchandise, and Global Technology Solutions – offering clients and partners a 360-degree data and analytics fueled service solution platform to elevate their brand and execute their vision. Currently, Legends works with marquee clients across business verticals including professional sports; collegiate; attractions; entertainment; and conventions and leisure. We are the industry leaders in designing, planning and realizing exceptional experiences in sports and entertainment. For more information, visit www.Legends.net and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheLegendsWay.

Carter Toole
Sr. Associate AD of Communications and Digital Strategy

Victoria Verdeja
Communications Manager, Amerant Bank