PNC Bank: Leaving a Legacy for Future GenerationsPNC Bank is leaving a legacy for future generations through its continued commitment to investing in their employees and in the community.
For that, the bank was recently awarded the 2013 Legacy Award by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The Legacy Award recognizes a long-standing Lansing Regional Chamber member and their long-term commitment to economic growth and community investment in the Greater Lansing region.
Jennifer Morris, VP Director of Client and Community Relations for PNC Bank, considers winning this award something they are very proud of.
“We feel a sense of pride for the work that we have done, both in what we have worked with our clients to achieve, the work that our employees have dedicated to the communities and the history that’s been built through the prior regional presidents’ office that has continued now under Tim Salisbury’s leadership,” said Morris.
As one of the longest serving members of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, PNC has a proud history of serving the Chamber and the greater Lansing region.
“PNC has been a member of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for 75 years. They have a long history and commitment to the economic growth of the Greater Lansing region. We are always pleased to recognize the long term commitments of our Legacy Award recipient, not only to the Chamber but also to our community,” said Tim Daman, President and CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The evolution of PNC’s rich history began with the founding of its predecessor bank, Lansing State Savings Bank, dating back to 1892. The PNC brand was introduced to the greater Lansing region in 2008 when PNC acquired National City Corporation. Today, PNC has 66 retail branches and ATM machines within a 17-mile radius of downtown Lansing.
“We have many (past) regional presidents that have been successful in this community like George Nuggent, Bob Kinning and Rich Ruis, just to name a few,” said Morris. “The history and legacy of these great leaders was part of the criteria for the award. Many of them served on the Chamber board. Tim Salisbury, our current regional president, also serves on the board.”
PNC Bank’s regional presidents model allows for local decision making while also supporting greater community reinvestment. For PNC Bank, it’s critical both for their employees to have confidence in what the bank is doing and for the customers to know the leadership they are working with.
“We have a rich history with a number of long-standing businesses and organizations here in this area. There’s a lot of development with health care technology and seed capital as well as the higher education and manufacturing. It is very important for us to understand what (our clients’) needs are and that we are part of the community just as they are,” said Morris.
PNC Bank prides itself on its community investment both financially and through the volunteer work of its employees. PNC focuses its giving efforts on early childhood education.
PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare underserved children from birth to age five for success in school and life, gives PNC employees the opportunity to volunteer while earning grants for the center where they are working. This year, PNC plans to double those grants in celebration of PNC Grow Up Great’s 10-year anniversary.
Since January 2011, PNC has awarded 18 such grants in Mid-Michigan, totaling $44,500. PNC employees in the greater Lansing region have worked more than 3,800 volunteer hours in the past three years, for organizations including Fenner Nature Center, Sparrow Hospital, Impression 5 Science Center and Capital Area Head Start.
”We are very much vested in making sure we are a good (community) partner here today but also in the future. The Legacy Award is a huge milestone award for us to have achieved and we look forward to being here for another 100 plus more years,” said Morris.