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Willard "Chuck" Lewis

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1961
Birth Location:
LaGrange, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1961
Birth Location:
LaGrange
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Biography

Willard “Chuck” Lewis, President and CEO of One Georgia Bank, was born on April 9, 1961, in Lagrange, Georgia. After graduating from high school in 1979, he earned his B.A. degree in banking and finance at Morehouse College in 1983.

Lewis began his career in banking by working part time at an Atlanta, Georgia, based community bank while still a college student. He has worked at every level of community banking during his twenty-four years in the business.

In June of 2005, Lewis resigned as senior executive vice president & COO from Citizens Trust Bank after twenty-two years of working there and First Southern Bank (which merged with Citizens Trust in 1998) to found One Georgia Bank. On May 5, 2006, One Georgia opened in the 1180 Peachtree Building, one of Atlanta’s most prestigious and distinctive buildings. Under Lewis’ leadership, the bank capitalized with $24.2 million and over 400 shareholders. It marked the first time that a newly chartered bank was formed with over $20 million in capital in Georgia’s history. The bank caters primarily to companies with $3 million to $50 million in revenue and features some of the highest levels of technology found in any bank. One Georgia is now one of the fastest growing community banks in Georgia.

Lewis currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Council on Economic Education; Communities in Schools of Georgia; the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; The New Century Forum at the Commerce Club (co-founder & past president); The Commerce Club Operating Board; the Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors; Midtown Alliance Board of Directors.

His past board involvement consists of the DeKalb Medical Center Foundation (former vice chairman); the Executive Board of Berry College's Campbell Business School; the National Bankers Association (past treasurer); the Sweet Auburn Avenue Business and Improvement Association (past chairman).

In 1997, Lewis was selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Forty under Forty” rising stars in the state of Georgia. This honor recognizes the top forty leaders in Georgia under the age of forty. Nominees are judged on professional accomplishments, civic involvement, and giving back to the community.

A graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 1999, Lewis is a lifetime member of the Morehouse College Alumni Association and is a member of 100 Black Men of DeKalb County. He has served as an editorial columnist for several newspapers, and he has written an entry on the history of African American Banks in Georgia for The New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Willard "Chuck" Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his maternal grandfather and maternal family name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis remembers debating with his father over the 1968 U.S. presidential election
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his father's influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Continued slating of Willard "Chuck" Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his siblings James, Judith, and Mattie
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis remembers waiting in the white area of a segregated dentist's office with his elder sister, Joyce Lewis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his brother Milton
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his sisters, Cheryl and Carol
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his family's achievements
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis considers his elder siblings' perspectives on their younger siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis recounts his earliest memories in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis remembers typical days and holidays in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his childhood neighborhood and friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about visiting LaGrange, Georgia as an adult
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about growing up during integration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about growing up in segregated schools and transitioning into an integrated school system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about attending East Depot Junior High School in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his experience at LaGrange High School in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his favorite courses in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis reflects on the assassinations of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes political and social change in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his involvement in the bricklaying family business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his major influences at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the influence of Dr. Benjamin Mays and Dr. Hugh Gloster at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about internships he took while studying at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his extracurricular activities at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about who influenced his career in banking, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about who influenced his career in banking, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about HistoryMakers Deborah Wright and Jacoby Dickens
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his community involvement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes the challenges he overcame as a young professional in banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about participating in Leadership Atlanta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes how his personal philosophy has changed over the years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his bank, One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes parallels between chess and life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Second slating of Willard "Chuck" Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about how he became interested in Citizens Trust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about working for Citizens Trust Bank under the mentorship of Owen Funderberg
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about Civil Rights Movement leaders who banked at Citizens Trust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the decline of black-owned banks across the Unites States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his mentorship under Owen Funderberg
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his career at Citizens Trust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about leaving Citizens Trust Bank to work at First Southern Bank
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about opening bank branches for First Southern Bank
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the social, political and economic climates of Atlanta, Georgia in the 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about music in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about economic fallout and recovery in the 1990s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes "Nigerian fraud schemes" that were popular in the 1990s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the merger of First Southern Bank and Citizens Trust Bank and the failure of Mutual Federal Savings & Loans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about acquiring Mutual Federal Savings & Loan after its failure in 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his successes at Citizens Trust Bank and First Southern Bank in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his involvement in Leadership Atlanta and the program's "race day"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about how his Leadership Atlanta experience impacted him and led to new friendships
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about establishing the New Century Club and merging with the Commerce Club in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the history of the Commerce Club and his group's merger with it in 2001
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about conducting business across racial divides
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the Commerce Club's activities and the vision for One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about creating the board for One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the creation of One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes the culture he wanted to build at One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about leaving Citizens Trust Bank
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the risks of starting One Georgia Bank and the development of its business plan
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about the role of race in the development of his business plan for One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis explains One Georgia Bank's boutique status
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about raising capital to open One Georgia Bank, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about raising capital to open One Georgia Bank, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about One Georgia Bank's opening
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his hopes for African American support for One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his goals for One Georgia Bank
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his involvement in Atlanta community organizations
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis considers what he might have done differently
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis talks about his children
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis considers his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 11 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Willard "Chuck" Lewis narrates his photographs