George Andrews will receive this years Men of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award at the Night of Excellence closing gala . With advocacy for the African American Community as his cornerstone, George G. Andrews gave life to his dream of meeting the needs of underserved communities and focused on providing opportunities for small businesses to access capital needed for business growth and development. He is the founder of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, where he served as President & CEO for over 22 years and as Capitol City Bancshares, Inc. Capital Formation & Strategic Initiatives Committee Chair. A man of tremendous vision and insight, he has built a solid professional career in Atlanta and the State of Georgia as a People’s Banker. Capitol City Bank & Trust Company has five branch offices in Atlanta, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and three regional offices in Albany, Savannah and Augusta, Georgia. George G. Andrews was educated at Booker T. Washington High School and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received both a meaningful education in academics and the sensitivity to serve his community.
After graduation from Morehouse, he entered the world of business through the Trust Company Bank's management training program, where most of his tenure was in branch management and commercial lending. It was during this period that he became aware of the fact that all minority business owners sometimes needed special attention to launch their businesses and the status-quo banking establishment was not the place for this kind of service. He left Trust Company Bank in early 1983 to join the National Bank of Georgia as an area branch manager. In 1984 he graduated from the School of Banking at Louisiana State University of Baton Rouge. Two years later he rejoined Trust Company Bank and remained there until his dream of a financial institution dedicated to support the urban and minority community became his daily aspiration. In 1994, Capitol City Bank & Trust Company began operation in Atlanta, Georgia. George G. Andrews dealt with many setbacks and disappointments in his struggle to raise startup capital. He developed a novel yet logical plan to raise the estimated 6 million dollars needed to start a bank by appealing to several professional organizations, athletes and corporate Atlanta. That plan failed and forced him into the streets of Atlanta to look for alternative funding sources. Through the commitment of local churches, individual citizens, businesses and the community leaders, he finally had enough to launch Capitol City Bank & Trust Company in 1994.
Under his watchful eyes, innovative thinking and willingness to take risks, the institution has grown and prospered while still being recognized as a true community bank, focusing on neighborhoods around the branches it operates. Andrews attributes the growth to its focus on quality service in meeting the needs of the community and providing an institution that is responsive and appreciative of its client base and the urban community as a whole. We appreciate Mr. George Andrews and all that he has done come out and join us as we salute this wonderful man.