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Peter F. Hurst, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Often Wrong, but Never in Doubt.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1955
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Often Wrong, but Never in Doubt.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1955
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Peter Frederick Hurst, Jr., founder and chief executive officer of the Community’s Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was born on October 29, 1955, in Houston, Texas. Raised in the Third Ward of Houston by parents Peter and Ophelia Hurst, Sr., Hurst was an Eagle Scout at the Wheel Ave. Baptist Church. Attending E.L. Blackshear Elementary School and Sidney Lanier Junior High School, Hurst graduated from Mirabeau Lamar High School in 1974 as a member of the National Honor Society. Hurst earned his A.B. degree in accounting, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1978, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1981.

Hurst clerked for Judge Damon Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1981, and a year later he joined the Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm in Washington, D.C. From 1984 to 1986, Hurst served in the General Counsel’s Office of the Federal Reserve Bank. Moving to New York City, Hurst worked as an investment banker with E.F. Hutton, and in 1987, became senior vice president with Dean Witter. Going into business for himself in 1990, Hurst worked with smaller clients through Bahia Partners and Hurst Capital Partners. In 2001 Hurst created the Community’s Bank, opening branches in the Connecticut cities of Hartford, Bridgeport, and Bloomfield. As founder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of the Urban Financial Group, the company which controls Community’s Bank, Hurst runs the only independent, minority owned bank in Connecticut.

Hurst has served on the boards of the Republic New York Corporation; the Bridgeport Area Foundation; the Community Service Society of New York; Boy Scouts of America (Bronx Council); the University of Scranton; and the United American Healthcare Corporation. Hurst was honored in 2003 by the African American Affairs Commission of Connecticut, and in 2004 became the first African American to serve as grandmaster of the Phineas T. Barnum Parade and Festival in Bridgeport.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Peter F. Hurst, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his paternal family background and his parents meeting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and his resemblance to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about being adopted
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about his formative reading experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about attending Blackshear Elementary School and Sidney Lanier Junior High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about playing the trumpet in school and at church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about the band at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about his extracurricular activities at Mirabeau Lamar High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. recalls his high school academics and his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. explains his decision to attend Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his activities at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. explains his initial plan to pursue an accounting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. recalls his decision to attend Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. remembers his experience at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about overcoming a financial hurdle in order to graduate law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. reflects on what he learned as a law clerk for HistoryMaker Judge Damon Keith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. tells a story of HistoryMaker Judge Damon Keith in the courtroom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. remembers attending the NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner with HistoryMaker Judge Damon Keith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes working for Steptoe and Johnson LLP and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. recounts switching from a law career to investment banking in 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. recalls the trajectory for founding Hurst Capitol Partners Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes the process of starting The Community's Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. reflects on the development of The Community's Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes the diverse clientele and staff at The Community's Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about The Community's Bank involvement in community development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about his civic involvement as leader of The Community's Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about the future of The Community's Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. shares two stories of the The Community's Bank assisting its customers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. talks about his mother witnessing his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Peter F. Hurst, Jr. narrates his photographs