Wells Fargo Community Affairs Representative Iain Hamp of Mesa has been awarded a Volunteer Leave Award from Wells Fargo, and will receive his full pay while volunteering at Phoenix Community ToolBank. Volunteer Leave Awards are presented to selected Wells Fargo team members, enabling them to take up to three months of paid leave to focus on a community-based volunteer project of their choice. Hamp is one of 11 Wells Fargo team members across the country to receive an award so far in 2015. He will begin his five week long project at Phoenix Community ToolBank on March 2.
The Phoenix Community ToolBank stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. The organization also provides the staging area for all of the equipment and coordinates efforts with the nonprofits. Hamp witnessed first-hand the power of a local market ToolBank while in Charlotte, N.C. in June 2011. When he returned to Phoenix, he called ToolBank USA to begin the process of bringing a ToolBank to the Phoenix area.
“Every day, Wells Fargo team members like Iain are out in our communities making a difference in the lives of others,” said Pamela Conboy, Lead Region President for Wells Fargo in Arizona. “Each year thousands of our team members volunteer their time and talent in communities across the country, helping thousands of individuals, families, and nonprofit groups. Our Volunteer Leave Program is one way that we honor this community involvement, and recognize our most exceptional team member volunteers.”
Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Leave Program was established in 1976 and is open to team members who have been with the company for five years among other criteria. Winners are chosen annually based on their personal commitment to the organization, their proposed project, and the potential impact that their project goals will have on addressing a specific social issue. In addition to being paid their full salary during the volunteer leave, recipients also receive full benefits as well.
Wells Fargo encourages team members to get involved in the communities where they live and work. More than 50,000 team members volunteer annually on projects such as Habitat for Humanity builds, restoring parks and public land, helping to collect and sort food to be provided to the homeless or those with low incomes, and delivering financial education to individuals and families using Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking® program.
Lead regional president
Conboy has 34 years of leadership experience in retail, business banking and learning and sales development. She manages 4,200 team members, 340 stores and $24.4 billion in deposits. She sits on numerous boards, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun United Way and American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer.
Biggest challenge: “I have relocated five times during my career and each move required forming new professional relationships, and personal as well. I learned how to effectively network, joining Chambers, seeking high impact Community Boards where I could meet new leaders and make a difference. Arizona has been terrific since my arrival six years ago.”
Best advice to offer: “The best way to get promoted is by being great in your current role and master your business knowledge and skills … One of my favorite quotes is, ‘In search of perfection, you just might catch excellence.’”
Best accomplishment: “My most proud successes are those that I get to share with my team. At Wells Fargo we are One Team — no “I,” only “We.” Together we achieve greatness, and we always get better by having everyone get better together — we like to say a high tide raises all ships! And WE LOVE to recognize, to celebrate and to always have fun!”
Wells Fargo announced it has contributed $65,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for Disaster Relief funds and the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund in response to the Yarnell wildfire in Yavapai County. Specifically, Wells Fargo will contribute $50,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for Disaster Relief and $15,000 to the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund for families of the fallen firefighters.
“The enormity of this loss is devastating, and we want to help our customers, friends and communities who have been so tragically affected by this fire,” said Pamela Conboy, Arizona Lead Regional President. “We know our contribution will help fund the important work of the American Red Cross and the 100 Club in assisting victims of the fire. We truly appreciate their efforts.”
Wells Fargo customers can also donate to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter at 540 Wells Fargo ATMs in Arizona until July 22. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service and 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.
Wells Fargo customers affected by the Yarnell wild fire in Yavapai County should contact their banker and visit their nearest Wells Fargo store to discuss financial options. Customers who need assistance can call 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can also visit their nearest Wells Fargo store once normal hours of operation resume.