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Michael W. Lewis

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not The Stimulus, It Is The Response.

Birthplace

Born:
9/15/1949
Birth Location:
Ferndale , Michigan

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not The Stimulus, It Is The Response.

Birthplace

Born:
9/15/1949
Birth Location:
Ferndale
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Biography

Corporate executive Michael Ward Lewis was born on September 15, 1949 in Metropolitan Detroit. He was one of Martha and Ward Lewis’ eight children. Lewis graduated from Ferndale High School before going on to receive his B.B.A. degree from Western Michigan University in 1971. Lewis then attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he earned his M.B.A. degree in 1976.

Immediately after graduate school, Lewis joined Harris Bank as a commercial banking trainee. He then moved up to a commercial banking officer before being named assistant vice president of Harris Bank in 1981. Two years later, Lewis was named vice president of Harris Bank and soon after, the bank was acquired by the BMO Financial Group. In 1986, Lewis was promoted to team leader in the Special Industries Group and took responsibility of the Healthcare, Education, and Tax-Exempt Institutions Team in the bank. Still rising, in 1994, Lewis became senior vice president and market executive. Since 1998 he has served as an executive vice president of Harris and currently is a district executive in the retail banking area.

Lewis is a member of the Harris Bank Diversity Council as well as the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Zoning Board for the village of Olympia Fields. In 2007, Lewis served as Chairman of the Board of Chicago United and in 2009; he became Co-Chair of the BMO U.S. Sustainability Counsel at Harris. For the past three years Lewis has participated in Harris Bank’s “Volunteer Day” in partnership with non-profit organizations. Lewis also sits on the Board of Directors for the Western Michigan University Foundation, a position he has held since 2009. He is also a past reader in the Chicago Public Schools “Real Men Read” program and has participated in several “career day” events in local public schools. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, he was recognized as a “Business Leader of Color” by Chicago United and ‘Who’s Who in Black Chicago.

Michael Lewis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 26, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michael W. Lewis's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michael W. Lewis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michael W. Lewis describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael W. Lewis describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michael W. Lewis describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michael W. Lewis describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michael W. Lewis lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michael W. Lewis describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his family's move to Ferndale, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Michael W. Lewis remembers the marching band at Grant Elementary School in Ferndale, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael W. Lewis remembers his neighborhood in Ferndale, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael W. Lewis describes his family's home in Ferndale, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael W. Lewis recalls his activities at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michael W. Lewis recalls his family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michael W. Lewis describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michael W. Lewis remembers the riots of 1967 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michael W. Lewis describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michael W. Lewis recalls his transition to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Michael W. Lewis remembers playing on the football team at Western Michigan University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Michael W. Lewis remembers his peers at Western Michigan University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Michael W. Lewis recalls his start in the banking industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael W. Lewis describes the management training program at the Detroit Bank and Trust Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael W. Lewis remembers earning an M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael W. Lewis recalls how he came to work for the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael W. Lewis remembers the support of his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael W. Lewis describes his early career at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his experiences of discrimination in the banking industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael W. Lewis describes his portfolio at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael W. Lewis recalls his promotions at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michael W. Lewis describes the financial marketplace in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his mentors at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Michael W. Lewis recalls his role as a division administrator at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his corporate lending specialty
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michael W. Lewis describes the BMO Harris Diversity Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michael W. Lewis describes his executive roles at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michael W. Lewis remembers the LaSalle Street Project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his transition to a regional presidency at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michael W. Lewis talks about the branches of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michael W. Lewis talks about the Harris Trust and Savings Bank's ATMs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michael W. Lewis describes the purpose of consumer banking fees
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his corporate lending specialty
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michael W. Lewis remembers the financial crisis of 2008
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michael W. Lewis talks about the future of BMO Harris Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michael W. Lewis describes his civic involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michael W. Lewis talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michael W. Lewis reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michael W. Lewis describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michael W. Lewis shares his advice to aspiring banking executives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Michael W. Lewis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Michael W. Lewis describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Michael W. Lewis talks about the importance of black business history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michael W. Lewis narrates his photographs