East Georgia State College is pleased to welcome Mr. George C. Andrews to campus on Thursday evening, June 12 at 6PM in the Gambrell Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Mr. Andrews is the founder of Capitol City Bank and Trust Company. His topic will be motivational and educational in nature, "Small Minded People Can Never Block The Vision of Giant Dreamers."
With advocacy for the African American Community as his cornerstone, George G. Andrews gave life to his dream of meeting the needs of underserved communities and focused on providing opportunities for small businesses to access capital needed for business growth and development. He is the founder of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, where he served as President & CEO for over 22 years. He currently serves as Head of Capital Formation & Strategic Initiatives. A man of tremendous vision and insight, he has built a solid professional career in Atlanta and the State of Georgia as a People’s Banker. Capitol City Bank & Trust Company has five branch offices in Atlanta, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and three regional offices in Albany, Savannah and Augusta, Georgia.
George G. Andrews was educated at Booker T. Washington High School and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received both a meaningful education in academics and the sensitivity to serve his community. After graduation from Morehouse, he entered the world of business through the Trust Company Bank's management training program, where most of his tenure was in branch management and commercial lending. It was during this period that he became aware of the fact that all minority business owners sometimes needed special attention to launch their businesses and the status-quo banking establishment was not the place for this kind of service. He left Trust Company Bank in early 1983 to join the National Bank of Georgia as an area branch manager. In 1984 he graduated from the School of Banking at Louisiana State University of Baton Rouge. Two years later he rejoined Trust Company Bank and remained there until his dream of a financial institution dedicated to support the urban and minority community became his daily aspiration. In 1994, Capitol City Bank & Trust Company began operation in Atlanta, Georgia.
George G. Andrews dealt with many setbacks and disappointments in his struggle to raise startup capital. He developed a novel yet logical plan to raise the estimated 6 million dollars needed to start a bank by appealing to several professional organizations, athletes and corporate Atlanta. That plan failed and forced him into the streets of Atlanta to look for alternative funding sources. Through the commitment of local churches, individual citizens, businesses and the community leaders, he finally had enough to launch Capitol City Bank & Trust Company in 1994. Under his watchful eyes, innovative thinking and willingness to take risks, the institution has grown and prospered while still being recognized as a true community bank, focusing on neighborhoods around the branches it operates. Andrews attributes the growth to its focus on quality service in meeting the needs of the community and providing an institution that is responsive and appreciative of its client base and the urban community as a whole.
Creative Investment Research, a Washington based organization that watches minority-owned financial institutions, rated Capitol City Bank & Trust Company among the 10 banks most oriented toward improving the urban areas it serves. Capitol City Bank & Trust Company is also listed as the 9th largest minority-owned bank in the country according to Black Enterprise Magazine. The bank continues a general banking business to serve and empower the inner city of Atlanta. Capitol City Bank & Trust Company operates a full-service banking business and engages in a broad range of commercial banking activities. As a clear testament of how George Andrews has lived and built the foundation for his business model, he feels that in order for businesses to thrive and succeed, their prosperity must be spread throughout the community. He has sown seeds of commitment, trustworthiness, perseverance, collaboration and community awareness through; student banking programs, scholarship funds, HBCU partnerships, business collaborations and assist growth of local churches and businesses.
Additionally, Mr. Andrews is strongly committed to community involvement, serving on several Boards of Directors including the, Urban Ministerial Alliance, Metropolitan College Foundation, former Finance Committee Chair of the City of Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority and former member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to serve on the Private Colleges and Universities Authority Board, former secretary of the Executive Committee for the Independent Community Bankers of America and former Chair of the Westside District Boy Scouts of America. He is actively involved with the Interdenominational Theological Center and Community Bankers Association. Mr. Andrews is married to the former Janice Smith and have two daughters, one son, three granddaughters and three grandsons. He is a member of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
George G. Andrews stepped out on faith to pursue his dream. His contributions to the community are immeasurable, creating a legacy that continues to inspire and ease the way for wealth, prosperity, community empowerment, success and economic development for generations to come. Mr. Andrews lives by a quote of Sir Isaac Newton, “If I could see far, it is because I stand on the shoulders of others.” He states that, “I realize that if those people hadn’t helped me I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I am obligated to share what I have. I am committed to helping others and am honored to be in a position to do both. My experiences, more than anything, have ingrained in me the understanding that it is not how much you gain in life but how much you give that matters. I love to give back because of the many, many people that helped me.”