Leonard Walker, Wells Fargo & Company’s business banking division manager and senior vice president, spends his workday talking to customers to solve their financial challenges and helps them to realize opportunities. A financial services industry veteran, Walker leverages his expertise in business banking to ensure the financial health of mid-sized businesses and nonprofits in Atlanta. It’s exciting to him because he’s afforded the opportunity to witness firsthand the financial success of his customers.
“I serve on our philanthropic committee here in Atlanta, and I have the chance to review some of the requests that come in from the community,” he shares. “We make loans, take deposits and make investments, and we help our customers become more effective and efficient by utilizing technology solutions that we bring to the table.”
A member of the Clark Atlanta University’s Board of Trustees, Metro YMCA and Grady Foundation and the Central Atlanta Progress boards, Walker is proud to be a part of a team that understands what’s happening in the community and gets involved. “I understand what the needs of the community are and share that information with others at Wells Fargo so that we can deliver things to the community that makes sense and are helpful,” he says.
With an objective to be a good corporate citizen, he imparts these values to his staff. “I want them to not be afraid to speak up and share their thoughts and perspectives on how we can help. We have thousands here in Atlanta who volunteer their own time. One really good example is our Susan G. Komen For the Cure effort that we’re engaging. We’re going to turn out in force because we think this is an important issue in our community. We are going to partner with the community, go out and raise some money for the foundation, and this is something that I think quite a number of people here on our team are passionate about,” Walker says.
For Walker, being an executive at Wells Fargo means more than just reporting to a 9 to 5. It provides him an opportunity to serve. “We contribute our treasure back to the community that we serve, and we certainly enjoy that. We approach our customers, really, as valued partners. Our mission is to serve them, and that is a pretty powerful message,” he says.
Walker takes his work home with him, and, in this case, that’s not a bad thing. His legacy of volunteerism and service is one that he’s passing on to his two sons. –yvette caslin