I am pleased to report that long-time friend and the vice chairman of the Operation HOPE board of directors, Richard 'Rick' Hartnack, Vice Chairman of US Bank, is confirmed to speak at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in November, 2012. Rick Hartnack will Co-Chair a Working Group at the summit.
Rick Hartnack has been associated with Operation HOPE for most of its history, starting back in 1994, when he visited the first HOPE community office -- the Operation HOPE Home Loan Center in Leimert Park, the upper reaches of what is commonly referred to today as South Central Los Angeles. Rick was then a vice chairman for Union Bank, and every grant of $25,000 or more required his personal sign-off, and he would not sign-off on any grant recipient he did not personally visit himself. And so, Rick simply jumped into his own car and drove himself into South Central, sitting in our cramped and unconditioned office (then run by Lance Triggs, who is now president of the HOPE Financial Dignity Centers globally) until he was satisfied that we were legitimate. That is Rick Hartnack, Never too big to sit and give respect, time and even resources to what others might refer to as 'the poor.' Rick simply saw them as different. No better than him. Just different.
Ricks' father Carl was a legend in banking, growing and building what was then Security Pacific Bank in California. Today, Rick builds on his father's deep legacy, establishing himself as probably one of the 10 best 'community bankers' in the nation. With all the negative comments about bankers these days, Rick Hartnack distinguishes himself as a authentic and consistent leader who cares, gives, serves and empowers others. If the banking industry followed his lead, we would not have a banking crisis today.
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.