Black History Makers Stories

Black History Makers

Read about Black History Makers accomplishments, learn from their trials and triumphs, and celebrate the achievements they’re making today.

Gerald Ford

Gerald M. Ford, Managing Director Transaction Banking Credit for MUFG

Things don’t happen on their own. Getting to the next level is more than doing your job well.”

Mr. Ford joined Union Bank in 1993 as a Financial Services Officer. Over the years his responsibilities have included managing business development officers, underwriters, and portfolio managers. He became interested in finance and money through his father teaching him and his brother about the importance of wealth management and financial literacy.

Roger Hollingsworth - Black History Maker

Roger Hollingsworth, Managing Director Head of US Government Affairs for MUFG

Even if the world is beating you down, walk tall and with your head upright.”

Mr. Hollingworth has been able to turn disadvantages into unlikely opportunities from Capitol Hill into the corporate sector. The North Star that guides Roger is paying it forward to the next generation and impacting things beyond his professional interests.

Debra Taylor - Black History Maker

Debra Taylor, Managing Director

There’s value in being seen.”

Ms. Taylor has over 30 years of banking experience. She’s a go-getter that attributes her success to this motto: “Have the courage to ask for what you want. Make sure it’s known what you want to do. Then go for it.”

Matthew Martin - Black History Maker

Matthew Martin, Assistant Vice President and Retail Branch Manager

“Educate yourself. Lead with heart. And always be the best you can be.”

Mr. Martin’s career started while participating in a Union Bank Student-run Branch Program when he attended McLane High School in Fresno, CA. A decade later, he’s a branch manager, a pillar in the community, and a proud dad.

Davina Samuel

Davina Samuel, Director & Retail Branch Manager

“Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.”

In her 23 years of being a part of Union Bank, Davina has earned Top Producer in 2019 and was chosen to manage two locations simultaneously. But the accomplishment she is most proud of is the recruitment more African Americans to join the Union Bank family.