CARE Volunteer Profile: Victor Owens
Victor Owens is the Senior Vice President and Senior Director of Speciality Deposits at East West Bank. He has over thirty years of specialized banking and deposit management experience. Owens has been a volunteer at CARE since 2015 and currently serves on CARE’s Board of Directors, as well as chairman of the Development Committee.
How did you learn about CARE?
I was introduced to CARE via John Good of ABI in 2015.
Why did you decide to serve on CARE’s Board of Directors or Advisory Board?
I was invited by Jeff Pomerantz who made a very impassioned case as to CARE’s mission.
What do you see as CARE’s biggest area for growth?
Increasing the number of partnerships with national organizations, more integrated relationships with CARE Chapters, and enhancing our pursuit of Cy Pres awards.
Which of CARE’s values most resonates with you and why? (Empowerment, Inclusion, Collaboration)
While all three resonate, I believe that collaboration with our national chapters, volunteers, and donors, promotes the spirit of working together on an essential mission.
How long have you been volunteering with CARE?
What is your most memorable moment or favorite story of being a volunteer?
One student asking 99% of the questions and they were all well thought out.
What’s the one takeaway you want students to learn from your presentation?
That the understanding of how credit works and sound financial management is their responsibility.
What message would you give to a volunteer just starting out?
That this vital information being imparted to impressionable young minds will plant a seed that will grow with them into adulthood and hopefully, making wise financial decisions.
Why do you think financial literacy is important?
Financial literacy is one of the keystones to a happy and fulfilling life.
Whose responsibility is it to impart vital financial education to today’s youth?
All of ours – today’s youth are tomorrow’s contributors and leaders.