On Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Savannah Civic Center, Carver will begin celebrating its 85th Anniversary. Chartered February 23, 1927, Carver State Bank is the oldest bank headquartered in Savannah. The special guest and speaker for the reception will be The Honorable Michael A. Grant, President of the National Bankers Association (NBA). Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NBA is the trade organization that represents the minorityowned banks in America.
Grant is also President of the National Bankers Association Foundation and board secretary for the Minbanc Scholarship Fund for minority banks.
One of seventeen children, Grant, a 1983 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, has authored two books: Beyond Blame, Race Relations in the 21st Century, and Your Marvelous Mind, motivation for meaningful living.
A corporate consultant for fifteen years, Grant’s firm, of which he was a coowner, represented some of America’s best-known companies, such as Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, McDonalds Corporation, Harrah’s Casinos, Westin and Hilton Hotels, Dell Computers, and the Cracker Barrel Corporation.
Grant served as a member of the Commission for the Future of the Tennessee Judicial System, president of the Nashville Branch of the NAACP and chief fundraiser of the NAACP’s Tennessee State Conference of Branches. He was also cofounder of the Greater Nashville African-American Chamber of Commerce.
Grant authored a column for the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), was twice featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, Ebony Magazine’s fifty top leaders of national organizations. He has appeared twice on Tony Brown’s Journal and BET’s “Real Business” show. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Golden Key Honor Society’s Award for Outstanding Service. He is listed in Who’s Who in Washington, D.C.
During his tenure as president of the NBA, Grant has worked with the association’s board to rebrand the organization thus increasing its visibility and intensifying its advocacy in the nation’s capital.
“Without a vibrant community and minority banking sector, the world’s largest economy will never reach its potential. These banks have mastered the art or relationship banking; they are the economic engines that support entrepreneurship and promote job creation in communities all over America.”
The public is invited to a help kick off the Carver State Bank 85th Anniversary on Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Savannah Civic Center Ballroom.
Carver has a tremendous heritage within the Savannah-Chatham County area as an innovative financial service leader for 85 years, and is currently one of only about 28 African- American-owned commercial banks in the United States. Carver is the only bank headquartered in Savannah with an outstanding Community Re-investment Act (CRA) Rating.