October 12, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month

Xavier Gutierrez

“Xavier Gutierrez is co-founder of SUMA Wealth, a financial inclusion platform that inspires, informs, and empowers the Latino community. He has a 25+ year career as a business executive, investor and dealmaker focused on investment management, corporate strategy & operations, finance, and business development. He is also CEO of the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club and is the first Latino President & CEO in the history of the National Hockey League. As a child, Xavier looked up to baseball player Fernando Valenzuela, who he says helped drive his deep love of sports. In terms of his work on boards of public and private companies, non-profits and academic institutions, Xavier is one of the most prolific Stanford alum. He is a mentor and role model to many in the Latinx community both in finance and in sports.

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Xavier A. Gutierrez Bio

Xavier Gutierrez co-founded and currently serves as Board Chairman of SUMA Wealth, an innovative financial technology company focused on eliminating the Latinx wealth gap by engaging, educating, and empowering this cohort through culturally relevant content, financial tools and services.

He also serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor of the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club. In this role, he oversees all business operations, strategic planning, significant organizational decision-making, and public affairs for the club.

 Previously he was Managing Director at Clearlake Capital Group (a private investment firm with $39 Billion+ institutional capital). Prior to Clearlake, Xavier served as Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Group (Alex Meruelo family office/management company), and President & Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Investment Partners (investment affiliate). He was also Principal & Managing Director with Phoenix Realty Group (a national real estate private equity firm with $1 billion equity capital). In addition Xavier has worked at Latham & Watkins, Lehman Brothers, and the National Football League Office.

A dedicated philanthropist and corporate leader, he serves on multiple boards and advisory councils. He is currently a Shareholder and Board Director of Commercial Bank of California (CBC), the largest Latino-owned bank in California with over $1.5 billion in assets. He also serves on the board of ARCTOS Northstar Acquisition Corp (NYSE: ANAC), Janus International Group (NYSE: JBI), and Trinitas Capital Management (a privately held credit investment manager).

Xavier is currently a Board Director and on Investment Committee for the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), on the Board of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC), a Member of the Board of Regents at his alma mater, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and on the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program.

He previously served as a voting member of the U.S. SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and was a board member for several organizations including Sizmek, Inc. (NYSE: SZMK), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the California Community Foundation, and the Southern California Public Radio (2016-2019

Xavier is a proud graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-boys Jesuit high school in San Jose, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) cum laude in Government from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Stanford Law School. He, his wife Jericca, and son Xavi live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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About the Author: Rusty Dornin

Rusty Dornin is the director of marketing and communications for Ulu Ventures. An award-winning radio and television journalist, she was a CNN correspondent for nearly 18 years covering domestic and world news ranging from war to natural disasters and tales of crime and politics