Home_to_chicago_126One could go on, and on, and on about my friend Wes Kott, but let me simply say, there would be no "relationship," of substance, with the Private Bank & Trust, or its CEO, Ralph Mandell, who is now a dear friend of mine and serves on our HOPE Midwest Board, without one Wes Kott.

Wes personally recruits HOPE Corps volunteers for the Banking on Our Future, Chicago classrooms, and he is a tireless advocate for justice, fair play, financial literacy, "silver rights" and economic empowerment for those "less than."

Wes, thank you simply for being you. The Private Bank & Trust, and Chicago, are fortunate to have you. So is HOPE. Congratulations friend.

Onward with HOPE,

John Hope Bryant

P.S. It is very, very rare for any institution, or individuals in it, to receive a single Chairman’s HOPE Award, let alone three! Congrats Ralph Mandell, Wes Kott and the Private Bank & Trust family.

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