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.
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.
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.
Starting a business in the current economy can seem like an unachievable dream. But Leroy Jackson has already shown that he can beat the odds. Now, with the help of Operation HOPE's Small Business Empowerment Program and the new Kiva Zip program, Leroy is turning his dreams into action and raising funds to start his own accounting and tax preparation business, The Jackson Group, LLC.
Dear Erik Pelayo,
Operation HOPE has provided me with amazing services. Overall, the services were stellar, from the receptionist down to the counselor. They are all friendly and professional people with a common vision to help satisfy their customer’s needs. They responded to my questions and concerns in a timely manner which shows that they value and care about customer satisfaction. I would gladly refer...
Sharon Montgomery is Entrepreneur Training Program graduate, Case Management Enrollment client, and a Cyber Cafe client. She’s attended all our workshops and is looking forward to attending HOPE Oakland’s first computer class on October 29th, 2012 at 5:00 PM.
In her own words, Sharon shares with us thanks:
“Thanks is not enough for the Cyber Cafe. In this 21st century we must...
During a crisis, the best place to run to is Operation HOPE! A HOPE client sends a touching thank you letter for the services at our Poway National Call Center and the help of HOPE Counselor Erik Pelayo.
We all have people in our lives that bring together the innovation of entrepreneurship with the dignity of community building. Here at HOPE, lecturer Bill Norris inspires all HOPE clients and employees with his incredible spirit and mind.
Bill has spent a lifetime in small businesses and nonprofits. He has started them, operated them and retired a few of them! He never went to business school, leaving his learning...
A HOPE Client shares his story of digital connectedness. Are you connected?
After getting a needed business wake-up call from the TV show for entrepreneurs 'Shark Tank', Shirley Batchelor turned to our Entrepreneurship Training Program to get her back on track.