Sunday, November 10, 2019

At Herb Harmon's "Invitation"


Over the course of some 30 years, I met influential leaders from various walks of life--most of them either directly or indirectly “At Herb Harmon’s Invitation”

Some are listed in the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame.


I was following orders when I drove from Quantico to a business lunch at Portofino’s, Alexandria to meet Herb Harmon.   Steve Merrill and Renaldo Keene were my immediate supervisors.   Our boss, the PAO (Public Affairs Officer) was the late Lt Col Barbara “Bobbi” Weinberger under the command of the late Lt General Frank Peterson at  CCDC (formerly MCCED) Quantico .  Steve “supervised” my assignment in 1997 as Public Affairs Liaison to the Marine Corps Marathon Ad Hoc Publicity Committee.  Ron succeeded Steve as my PAC (Public Affairs Chief).  

I was received by Herb Harmon’s Ad Hoc Publicity Committee, and since then, life has never been the same.  





Wednesday, October 23, 2019

YouthUSA’s Community Banker of the Year


Including low and moderate income (LMI) beneficiaries in a $60-B Community Benefits Plan

Republican civil rights advocate Arthur Allen Fletcher, known as the father of the affirmative action enforcement movement, endowed America’s future with a vision for inclusion.  How much have we learned and how much more do we need to know TODAY about #EconomicInclusion?

By Stephanie A. Walker Stradford and Eric Stradford, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

AMWS, October 23, 2019, Atlanta --  If your bank announced a $60 billion Community Benefits Plan, you may want to know how that promise impacts your Money-n-the-Bank. What bank employee best carries out the spirit of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)?  

Youth Achievers USA Institute is calling on its CRA colleagues to join forces in recognizing bank employees who best demonstrate individual and collective commitment to grassroots community reinvestment.  Each nominating partner matches a YouthUSA commitment to award $10,000 on behalf of the Community Banker of the Year.

Earlier this year, advocates met regulators and bank executives in Federal Reserve Bank regions with a common vision “to help children in low income American communities grow up less poor. 

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), enacted in 1977, requires the Federal Reserve and other federal banking regulators to encourage financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they do business, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods.

In 2019, YouthUSA sponsored Learning Journeys to communities in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Americans from low- and moderate income communities were asked, “If you learned you are a beneficiary in a $100-Million Trust, what would be your next move?”

YouthUSA followed up with feedback to bankers after learning of an emerging new brand for an envision sixth largest bank in the United States.   We asked our bankers a simple question, “What’s a Truist? 

Who did we ask?  Today, we’re naming names--expecting a substantive response to the question from every bank employee we asked.  The nominees will engage low - and moderate - income communities in managing a $10,000 grassroots community reinvestment contract.

The total number of $10,000 contracts are impacted by matching grants from banks, foundations and CRA advocates.

YouthUSA 2020 Banker of the Year Nominees

Market Leader V.P. BB&T
Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area

Chief Digital, Client Experience & Marketing Officer & Member of BB&T’s Executive Management Team at BB&T
Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area

 

Stephanie Ray

Assistant Vice President | BB&T@Work Financial Wellness Consultant II at BB&T l Veteran and Military Advocate
Greater Atlanta Area

 

Tamika Stafford

Business Development | Small Business Financial Education Advocate | Team Leader
Greater Atlanta Area

Vice President, Premier Banker SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

VP at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

CSS ll at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Senior Vice President-Business Banking Team Lead at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Client Support Specialist at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Vice President, Business Banking
Greater Atlanta Area

Senior Manager at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Assistant Vice President at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Universal Banker at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Retired from SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Business Solutions Consultant
Greater Atlanta Area

Finance Risk Analyst at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Head of SunTrust Agency Lending
Greater Atlanta Area

Internal and External Corporate Communications Leader
Greater Atlanta Area

VP - Project Manager at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Vice President, EIS Project Manager at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Assistant Branch Manager at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area
Provides Coaching & Mentoring services - Life Coaching, Public Speaking

First Vice President, Relationship Manager at SunTrust Bank, Inc
Greater Atlanta Area

SunTrust Bank Branch Manager
Greater Atlanta Area

Branch Manager at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Senior Manager at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

SVP/Senior Relationship Manager - SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Vice President, Talent Acquisition Advisor - EIS, EDO, Wholesale at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Head of Cyber Tactical Operations at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

AML/ CML Compliance Analyst at SunTrust - Commercial
Greater Atlanta Area

Execution Leader, Branch & Premier Banking at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

SVP- Business Banking Manager
Greater Atlanta Area

VP, Premier Banker, SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Vice President at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Assistant Vice President - System/Procedures Business Analyst at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

Personal Banker IV at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Head of Execution Risk Management, Financial Crimes
Greater Atlanta Area

AVP, Branch Manager at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

GVP, Talent Acquisition Lead - Functions & Digital at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

AVP/ SR. BRANCH MANAGER / 2019 Engagement Champion/ ATL WEST Small Business Champion/ Peer Coach at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

Asst. Vice President, Branch Manager at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

GVP, Technology Delivery Leader | Program/PMO Director | Mentor & Coach
Greater Atlanta Area

SVP - Inclusive Lending & CRA Strategy at SunTrust Mortgage
Richmond, Virginia Area

 

Kenneth Meye

SVP - Chief Technology Officer at SunTrust Bank
Greater Atlanta Area

 

Christine Fradette

Vice President, University Relations Recruiting Team Lead at SunTrust
Greater Atlanta Area

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