Spring 2016| Posse Atlanta Quarterly


Bank of America Georgia President Honored at Power of 10

Bank of America Assistant Vice President Jonathan Cooper, a Boston University Posse alumnus.

Posse Atlanta celebrated its seventh annual Power of 10 event in October 2015 at the InterContinental Buckhead. The event raised more than $175,000 and recognized Posse’s long-term partnership with Bank of America by honoring Geri Thomas, who recently retired as the bank’s chief diversity officer and president of Bank of America Georgia.

Bank of America has supported Posse Atlanta since 2010. In addition to nearly $70,000 in financial support from the company and its charitable foundation, Bank of America employees serve as Posse advisory board members, career coaches, and volunteers. Bank of America also hosted Posse Atlanta’s Dynamic Assessment Process large group interviews in 2015.

“I am truly touched and honored with this award on behalf of Bank of America,” Ms. Thomas said. “The Posse organization lifts students up who possess extraordinary academic and leadership potential who need help getting their foot in the door.”

Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial welcomed guests, including a number of Posse alumni from Atlanta and New York.

One such student, Boston University alumnus Jonathan Cooper, earned a degree in operations and technology management and began working with Bank of America in 2012. He is currently an assistant vice president financial center manager for the bank in Minneapolis.

“Milton Berle said, ‘If opportunity doesn’t knock – build a door’,” Jonathan said. “Posse has been building doors for Scholars for 27 years and I hope that we can all continue to contribute to those doors being built for years to come.”

2015 Power of 10 Sponsors

Karin and Phil Pead
Alston & Bird LLP
Bank of America
Ernst & Young LLP
Georgia-Pacific LLC
Holder Construction Company
Jones Day
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

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