I and we are so very pleased to announce that James Wells, the former chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, the 12th largest bank in America, is now the Chairman of the HOPE Inside National Advisory Board for Operation HOPE.
Jim Wells is a recognized statesman in banking in America, and was the chairman and CEO when Steve Bartlett, then CEO of the FINANCIAL SERVICES ROUNDTABLE, called to ask the bank to commit to become a partner in HOPE Inside @Ebenezer. Jim Wells and the bank committed $1 million to become a founding partner at HOPE Inside @Ebenezer.
There are now pledges, orders and commitments for more than 270 locations for the Project 5117 portfolio, including more than 150 HOPE Inside locations. HOPE Inside @Ebenezer is the national flagship location.
Jim and his wife Jane Wells are also Members of Operation HOPE through the Wells Family Foundation.
We are looking forward to growing a legacy that Jim Wells helped to make real to begin with. The goal: 1,000 HOPE Inside locations across the nation.
HOPE Inside will become ‘the private banker to the working poor, working class and struggling middle class.’ Americans with ‘too much month at the end of their money,’ is our target market.
Every HOPE Inside location comes complete with a HUD mortgage counseling credential, consumer credit counseling certification, CFPB, FDIC, U.S. SBA, EITC and FEMA applications and partnerships. Every HOPE Inside location has a goal of 700 Credit Score Communities. As I often say, “nothing changes your life more, than God or love, than moving your credit score 120 points.”
A special thank you to Jim Wells for assuming this important post, at this important time.
Okay, let’s go…
John Hope Bryant