Photo courtesy of Charles M. Reynolds, Jr.
Charles M. Reynolds, Jr. knew he had to make a good enough living to provide for his family. Accordingly, he left his teaching job in 1965 and accepted a position as the very first African-American Assistant National Bank Examiner in the South, and the first African-American National Bank Examiner in the United States. In 1971, he became the president of Citizens Trust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia. At age 34, he was one of the youngest bank presidents in the nation. Charles was responsible for the creation of Citizens Bancshares Corp, a bank holding company of Citizens Trust Bank. He oversaw more than $32 million in assets; and he purchased a mortgage brokerage company so they could service FHA and VA loans. He subsequently relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, to head the Atlantic National Bank. Today, Charles is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Reynolds & Associates, Inc., headquartered in Washington, DC, providing Federal Bureau of Prisons offenders services to gain the essential skills they need to become productive citizens. He has owned this facility for over twenty-five years. Charles continues to mentor, uplift, and provide opportunities for economic independence for all people. May his words encourage you to find the strength to get through these challenging times.