Giancarlo “John” Ortega

Giancarlo Ortega came to San Antonio with his family at age four from Panama City, Panama, and by 2008 had founded Houston Business Bank, with $31 million in assets as its President and CEO, one of four new charters awarded by the Texas that year and one of the last nationally-approved by the FDIC.  Ortega has more than  12 years experience in banking including at JP Morgan Chase.  Upon graduation from Taft High School, where he played football four years, he attended Northern State University in South Dakota on a football scholarship until transferring to Baylor University to earn a finance degree.  Highlights included an exchange semester at Hong Kong Baptist University and internship with former Texas governor George W. Bush.   Time with family has replaced Ortega’s marathon running now that he and his wife have a child age two and twins age three.  His Bank’s mission includes mentoring middle schools students in Houston where he is was featured among the “top 40 under 40” by Houston Business Journal.

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William H. Taft High School
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