Alejandra Arana| Staff Writer
James A. Robinson, one of the founders of the Security Bank of California, was honored as a 2012 Arrowhead Distinguished Executive Officer on Friday, April 20.
The award was given by CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration office. The luncheon was held in the Obershaw Dining Room in the Upper Commons and was filled with people from San Bernardino and Riverside communities.
Robinson is CEO and Chairman of Security Bank of California and has also created the James A. Robinson Scholarship for finance and entrepreneurial students at CSUSB. Proceeds given at the luncheon went towards the scholarship.
This award has been presented to community leaders that demonstrate great pride for their community and dedication to the people in it.
“This award is recognition of achievements and I am very proud and honored to be in the shadows of past recipients of this award. I started at zero and competed my way up to where I am today,” said Robinson
Robinson is a product of the CSU system and is very proud to contribute back to it as much as he can and wants all students to succeed in whatever field of work they are studying for.
He competed in corporations with Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale and USC and still managed to become successful in his field of work.
The first recipient of this award was Jack Brown in 1990 and a community member has received it ever year after that.
Requirements for this award include much philanthropy work along with promoting education for people in the community. “He is a role model for our students and their possible future. He is a great entrepreneur and cares about the community,” said Larry Sharp on a video presented during the luncheon.
These were some of the reasons that Robinson’s colleagues told the audience why he deserves this award and is the correct candidate this year.
Robinson is the 21st person to hold this title and was joined during the luncheon with other recipients of past years. He started off in the lower ranks of banking and worked his way up to the top, learning what hard work is and enjoying his job to the fullest.
It was the fact that he enjoyed banking so much which led him to continue on with the banking world and become a founder of Security Bank of America.
The other members of the community that were there to support Robinson were very joyous and genuinely excited for Robinson to receive the award. Robinson’s job title may have changed but he will continue to serve the community.
Photos by Alejandra Arana | Staff Writer