Discover Bank Wins 2014 Joe Belew Award

Discover’s Work-at-Home Program Focuses on Nation’s Service Members and Families



National Harbor, MD (April 1, 2014) – Today, the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) announced Discover Bank, a subsidiary of Discover Financial Services (Riverwoods, IL; NYSE:  DFS) as the winner of the fourth annual Joe Belew Award - which honors community service.  In keeping with the theme of this year’s CBA LIVE, “Red, White + Banking,” CBA presented the award to its member bank with the most innovative program focused on helping our service members, veterans and their families. 



“Our service members and their families sacrifice much in service to our nation. We are proud of the many efforts our member banks have undertaken to help those who have selflessly served, and applaud the work of this year’s winner – Discover Bank,” said Richard Hunt, President and CEO of CBA.

 

James J. Roszkowski, President - Discover Bank, and Jeff Moran, Regional Operations Director - Discover Bank, accept the 2014 Joe Belew Award presented by CBA’s Community Reinvestment Committee Chair Jan Woolsey – Senior Vice President, Manager, CRA Strategy and Operations, Union Bank and CBA’s Immediate Past Board of Director’s Chairman Bob Kottler – Executive Vice President, Director of Retail and Small Business, IBERIABANK.



Discover, in partnership with Dover Air Force Base and Delaware Technical & Community College  (DTCC), provides a work-at-home employment opportunity for military personnel and their family members.  Recruitment is done at the Air Base and DTCC in Dover, and job training is completed at DTCC as part of the college’s customer service training program. 



Discover employees are given the tools and resources to work from home, or upon relocation, the company may be able to assist them with working from anywhere in the country. The development of a financial education certificate program with DTCC adds an additional level of financial stability.  Military families feel secure in the knowledge that jobs are available for them, are flexible enough to allow them to work and manage their households from home while their loved-ones are deployed, and are portable when their orders take them to a new location. One hundred twenty people have participated in the program since its inception in 2013.  Of those, 100% finished the 5-week training program and 95% remain employed at Discover Bank. 



“Discover’s work-at-home program for military veterans and their families falls in line with our commitment to doing the right thing,” said Jim Roszkowski, president of Discover Bank.  “We are honored that we are being recognized for supporting and creating flexible, rewarding and full-time career opportunities for military families.”



Discover Bank will receive $5,000 to donate to the non-profit program partner of their choice, in recognition of their Financial Stability Program for Service Members and their Families. The Joe Belew Award was presented at CBA LIVE by CBA’s Community Reinvestment Committee Chair Jan Woolsey – Senior Vice President, Manager, CRA Strategy and Operations, Union Bank and CBA’s Immediate Past Board of Director’s Chairman Bob Kottler – Executive Vice President, Director of Retail and Small Business, IBERIABANK. 



The Joe Belew Award was established in 2011 in memory of Joe Belew, former CBA president, to honor his commitment to community development.  The award is an annual recognition of a CBA member bank which continues that legacy.  Discover Bank, Wells Fargo, and First Niagara Financial Group are past winners of the award and recipients are selected by a volunteer subgroup of the CBA Community Reinvestment Committee.  The 2015 Joe Belew Award will focus on financial literacy.



About CBA

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) is the trade association for today's leaders in retail banking - banking services geared toward consumers and small businesses. The nation's largest financial institutions, as well as many regional banks, are CBA corporate members, collectively holding two-thirds of the industry's total assets. CBA’s mission is to preserve and promote the retail banking industry as it strives to fulfill the financial needs of the American consumer and small business.