Farewell and Thank You: Celebrating Carmen Bermúdez’s Remarkable Journey with Mission Management & Trust Co.
It is with a sense of profound respect and gratitude that we announce the departure of Carmen Bermúdez, our esteemed Founder and Chairman Emerita.
Carmen is a groundbreaking visionary who leaves behind a tremendous legacy at Mission Management & Trust Co. (Mission Trust). It is not hyperbole to say that she changed the industry, having founded Mission Trust in 1994 as the first woman- and minority-owned trust company in the United States. Throughout the years, Mission Trust has been recognized locally, nationally, and globally for its service, excellence, and diversity.
A fierce proponent of hard work and dedication, Carmen never believed in barriers. With all that she has overcome, why would she?
Carmen immigrated to the United States from Costa Rica, working seven days a week with her mother raising money to bring her three siblings to Los Angeles. As an 18-year-old she broke down the walls of her first male-dominated industry and became a professional bullfighter—a line of work that prepared her to walk into any boardroom with no fear. Carmen even opted to try her hand as a triathlete at the age of 45, motivated by the challenge of keeping up with athletes half her age.
Carmen is more than just a leader; she is a mentor, a guide, and an inspiration. She has continued to give to the community, particularly through programs benefiting women and minorities. Her personal impact not only in our office, but throughout the community, will far outlast her hard-earned retirement.
While we are saddened by the departure of such an extraordinary leader, we will always cherish the legacy she leaves behind. Carmen’s courage and discipline are second to none, and the same goes for her infectious smile and energetic spirit. As we bid farewell, we wish Carmen a life lived, as they say in Costa Rica, “¡Pura Vida!”