Reba Simmons Executive VP At BBVA Compass Appointed to INROADS National Board of Directors

ST. LOUIS, MO, October 11, 2017 — Reba Simmons has recently been appointed to INROADS, Inc.’s National Board of Directors. INROADS is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry, and preparing them for corporate and community leadership. Simmons is Executive VP and Executive Director of Talent and Culture Partners at BBVA Compass. She has over 25 years of experience in human resources (HR) and is a former INROADS director, making her an “INROADer” to help further the mission.

“We welcome Reba back to INROADS to be a part of our National Board and are truly excited to have her,” said Forest T. Harper, Jr., INROADS President and CEO. “Since Reba worked with INROADS in previous years, working with her in this capacity will be a great joy. She has so much to offer INROADS, and I know that she will bring a wealth of expertise to the board and for our students to help them reach their goals for the future.”

At BBVA Compass, Simmons provides executive leadership to Talent and Culture partner services. She is accountable for all aspects of human resources management and provides executive human resources management support to all lines of business and support areas in the bank. In addition, Simmons serves as the Executive Sponsor of the BBVA Compass Employee Volunteer Program, a philanthropic effort that creates opportunities for the bank’s employees to give back to communities through volunteerism and charitable giving. Simmons has served as Chief Human Resource Officer and Chief of Staff at INROADS, where she developed and executed strategies and policies regarding organizational effectiveness, employee relations, staffing, performance and talent management, professional/intern development, and rewards/recognition.

“I’m proud to contribute to and be a part of two organizations that value diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Simmons. “My appointment to INROADS’ board of directors reflects my commitment to fostering opportunities for talented students of all backgrounds to be leaders at industry leading companies that strive for equal representation, such as BBVA Compass.”

She has also served as Executive Director, Human Resources Management for the UAB Health System, where she supported key executive recruitment for senior level roles including CFO, CNO, CEO for key business unit, and Chief Learning and Systems Support Officer. In addition, she has served as Director, Compensation and Benefits for the UAB; VP Human Resources at The Regional Medical Center (TRMC); and HR Manager Employee Relations and Affirmative Action at Children’s Health System (CHS).

In her HR tenure, she has received the opportunity to develop systems, metrics, course curriculum and trainings; provided direction to various organizations to assist in challenges, support and accomplishments; and implemented strategies, processes and programs throughout her HR career.

Simmons holds a Master’s of Arts degree from Birmingham Southern College, a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Certificate in Global Leadership in Healthcare from the University of Michigan. Her current affiliations include Board of Directors for Glenwood, Inc. and a Member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Simmons will officially take on her two-year board term on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the annual INROADS National Board Retreat in Florida, where she will work with other fellow board members to create innovative strategies for INROADS to continually support and develop talented youth for Corporate America.

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About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass, a U.S. subsidiary of Spain-based bank BBVA, is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 651 branches, including 337 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 18 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass landed on DiversityInc’s 2017 national list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity with recognition for its high concentration of women within its workforce and large percentage of minorities holding senior leadership positions. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at For more BBVA Compass news, follow @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visit

Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into fulltime professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.

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