Banking on Our Future, D.C. gets 7th Grade Class Financially Fit

On Tuesday April 04, 2014, Banking on Our Future, D.C. presented the first of many Financial Literacy days to the students of Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, Maryland. With the help of 25 volunteers from FINRA, Industrial Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and our own HOPE Corps, 375 seventh grade students were provided with essential knowledge about basics of budgeting, banking, and credit and were introduced to saving and investing.

Stories of HOPE – David Kim

David Kim started working in the financial industry in college as a part-time teller at Union Bank. He never envisioned himself having a long-time career with the bank. However, after graduating from UC Irvine, David was nominated by his supervisor to participate in the bank’s management training program. During the orientation meeting, David had the opportunity to meet and network with Union Bank senior executives and was astounded to learn that many of them had been with company for up to 40 years. It was at that moment that he decided to begin his career at Union Bank. Currently, David is Vice President and Branch Manager for Union Bank in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

HOPE Corps Leads Highlight the Importance of National Volunteer Week

 Evelyn Ducoulombier Director of HOPE Corps and Talent and Sean Sallee Deputy Director, HOPE Corps On April 4, 2014, President Barack Obama officially proclaimed the week of April 6 through April 12, 2014, as National Volunteer Week. “Every day, Americans carry forward the tradition of service embedded in our character as a people. And as we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we embrace our shared responsibility...

Stories of HOPE – Thad Bagnato

Thad Bagnato is originally from Lewis Run, a small town made up of mainly first and second generation Italian immigrants in Pennsylvania. He grew up next door to his grandparents, who both emigrated from Southern Italy. During his years in a Catholic high school, Thad had a nun take special interest in his education. This nun pushed him into taking forensic (speech) classes, which, at the time, seemed to have little relevance to his life.

Stories of HOPE – Clio Castruccio

Clio Custruccio, originally from Chile, spent her childhood in Mexico. Clio then moved to Colorado about six years ago, where she studied at CU Boulder and graduated recently with an architecture degree. During her time in Colorado, Clio worked for several start-up companies. Based on this experience, she decided that she wanted to pursue the business route and start her own industrial design business. In addition to this pursuit, Clio is also applying to MBA programs around the country in hopes of learning more about the business world and utilizing the skills she gained as an undergraduate.

Stories of HOPE: Chris Hainey

Chris Hainey’s career in banking began over 25 years ago in Chicago as a residential mortgage loan processer for a small community bank. He eventually advanced into commercial banking, due in large part to a series of promotions coupled with his acquiring an MBA in finance from DePaul University. As a result of his commitment to furthering his education and position, Chris now works as a business loan officer with Talmer Bank and Trust in Chicago.

Stories of HOPE: Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson truly believes in the service of others through time, talent and resources. As a child, she learned first-hand, through the example of her parents, to invest in her community. “I grew up understanding that it was always a worthwhile endeavor to help people in need however and whenever possible…For me, it is quite natural to volunteer my time and resources with local organizations and through my church,” she says. And, as mother to five children and grandmother to two grandchildren, Dorothy also understands how to invest in her own personal community.

Stories of HOPE: Candise Scow

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.

Stories of HOPE: David Mooney

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.

Stories of HOPE: Hazel Love

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.

Stories of HOPE: Anis Salah

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.

Stories of HOPE: Brian Scrip

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.

Stories of HOPE: Volunteer Tod Vedock

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.

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