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Candise Scow never gave banking much thought when she was younger.
CandiseScow“I actually wanted to become a Chef,” Candise states. However, her future had other plans. It all began at a small bagel shop where she worked. The branch manager of a local bank would come in about three times a week and order the exact same thing every time. Candise took notice of this and, upon seeing the manager pull up, she would have the order ready and waiting.
By Tara Dennis, Portfolio Manager for Youth Empowerment Initiatives – Atlanta Market Banking on Our Future (BOOF) and HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB)
Saturday, Feb. 22, Hakeem Tireh Clark was honored for his leadership as a community servant and his significant contributions in advancing and empowering causes associated with youth and community. The prestigious, Future Community Leaders Award, was...
Hello Operation HOPE,
Esperanza HOPEIt is never easy to write about yourself to a total stranger, especially at a personal level. I decided to write this response in more of a letter-form to personalize it a little more and to make it easier for me to tell you a bit about my story. I was born and raised in Los Angeles County. I am the eldest daughter of two immigrant parents who came to the US looking for a better life and opportunity. I grew up going to public school, to be exact; in the LAUSD system, which, is the second largest district system in the nation and has around 900 schools including 187 public charter schools. With around 640,000 students, the district serves a wide variety of students from many different backgrounds and social statuses.
David Mooney is based in Chicago, Illinois. As President and CEO of Alliant Credit Union, the sixth largest credit union in the United States, Mooney works to ensure that Alliant provides a high value benefit to employees and members of over 150 companies and associations. Prior to becoming Alliant’s CEO, David held a number of executive positions at JP Morgan Chase and its predecessor banks.
Lance William Triggs currently serves as Los Angeles Market chief executive officer and Division President for the HOPE Financial Dignity Center network for Operation HOPE Inc. (HOPE) “America’s Empowerment Leader. He is a utility player and leader who is not apposed rolling up his sleeves to help HOPE with strategy and growth and is the current project manager for HOPE Inside, part of Project 5117...
For Hazel Love, life happens in the most unexpected ways. Beginning with the death of a child in October of 2009, closely followed by a long fought divorce in November, Hazel found herself unemployed after fifteen years of working in mid-level customer service management. Pushing through the pain of a broken heart, she graduated in November of 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Economics from California State University. However, with no job opportunities and the still sore remnants of her past lingering, Hazel decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 2011, determined to search for fresh perspective.
Anis Salah grew up in American Canyon, CA in a single parent home with four siblings. After high school, he attended St. Mary’s College, where he majored in Finance. Anis enjoyed his college years tremendously and graduated Cum Laude. After college, he joined the finance industry, where he has remained to this day. His current position at First Republic Bank is one of dedication and growth. He started out as a temp for a specific project and, after performing his job well, was hired when a new team was created in Quality Assurance.
Cynthia Adamson wanted to be a teacher. However, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in elementary education and a teaching license from Metro State, Cynthia was unsure of where her passions lay and what she wanted to teach. So, she took a job as a teller at US Bank to buy herself some time to figure out what she wanted to do. Despite her early reservations, banking proved itself to be much more enjoyable than Cynthia had previously thought. Ten years later, Cynthia is still banking and loving it.
More than 175 celebrate the inaugural “Evening of HOPE”
Operation HOPE’s Oakland Market hosted their 1st annual “Evening of HOPE.” The event was created to showcase standout graduates of HOPE programs for the year and recognize them as HOPE Heroes. More than 175 people attended the celebration.
The HOPE Hero Award is presented to program participants who best apply what they have learned and put into...
Brian Scrip is not a superstar. At least, not according to him.
“I am just a person who is lucky enough to be able to teach financial literacy to kids and help Operation HOPE,” he says.
It’s a win-win scenario for Brian.
Tod Vedock grew up in a poor to middle class family with divorced parents in Kansas. As a child, Tod was an average student at best, and was not very interested in school. Based on this, his high school counselor told him that college probably was not his best option. However, Tod decided to ignore his counselor’s advice and apply to the University of Kansas. He was accepted and, at the end of his four-year college career, Tod graduated with a degree in Business Communications. Looking back now on this time in school, Tod realizes that he had ADHD and was unable to focus his attention on schooling at that time.
Our Maywood HOPE Center has a great relationship with The Bell Salvation Army Shelter. I met Mr. Sholes at one of the Credit Workshops I presented at the Salvation Army Facility. He had been living in the Salvation Army Shelter for over a year, when he visited a workshop presentation. Afterwards Mr. Sholes came to see me to get help with credit issues. I helped Mr. Sholes negotiate some collection accounts that...
Operation HOPE’s financial disaster recovery and preparedness division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), joined the Birmingham Business Resource Center and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center East to hold a Financial Disaster Preparedness and Recovery event in observance of National Preparedness Month, at the Innovation Depot to give local small...