Former Footballer Takes Over Virginia’s Last Remaining Black-Owned Bank; Relaunches with New Name and Vision
First State Bank is touting a new name as well as a brand new stakeholder. The Danville, Va., bank, known as the last remaining Black-owned financial institutions in the state, revealed its new name as Movement Bank on Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Danville Register & Bee reported. Movement Mortgage CEO and former Carolina Panthers player Casey Crawford, who is white, became the majority stakeholder of the struggling bank in June and opted to give it a new name.
Bank president and CEO Tom Smith said Crawford now owns about 94 percent of the bank’s stock and will serve as chairman of the board of directors. A spokesman for the stakeholder said the bank was in “survival mode” after losing close to $75,000 in the first six months of this year. In 2015 and 2016, the institution recorded a loss of of nearly $1 million, according to the newspaper.
Crawford has since funneled some his own capital into the lender in order to help save it and prepare it for a new period of growth. The bank is the latest financial services venture for the former Panthers tight end, who launched his successful South Carolina-based mortgage company of the same name in 2008, according to The Charlotte-Observer. Crawford’s spokesman, Adam O’Daniel, highlighted that, to date, Movement Mortgage has provided $27 million in loans to various nonprofits and community projects across the U.S.