CV Highlights

A biographical sketch appears in the Millennium Edition of Who’s Who in America (and all subsequent editions through 2015) as well as editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the East, Artists/USA and Who’s Who in the World. The following components of Mr. Eastwood’s personal history highlight positions he held previously that involved a strong advisory/advocacy dimension, creativeness, and a consultative style. 

An inquisitive youth, he was self-employed for several years as an artist, custom-made sign manufacturer and advertising/design consultant. Having other interests too, he pursued them concurrently, developing over decades a style of modern art that found galleries in NYC, West Palm Beach, Dallas, and New Orleans, while producing Gravity Park., the first of his four published books. 

Seeing a need for creativity in banking he sought opportunities there as well. A Credit Representative at Bankers Trust for three years, he specialized in consumer lending, which involved guiding customers to optimize their financial health. He also developed training materials and trained new hires. In addition, he served as a Branch Sales Administrator at the main office; this involved coaching staff to recognize selling situations and introduce bank products and services and his office won several sales awards. His achievements led to an opportunity to establish a consumer lending function at the Poughkeepsie Savings Bank where he designed a loan product that was a first in New York State; it outperformed industry peers and earned him special mention in a bank publication. 

After having served as the Poughkeepsie Savings Bank’s first Consumer Loan Officer for five years, he was elected by the board to be the first savings bank Compliance Officer in New York State. Using a consultative style over the ensuing twelve years, he served on a team that designed, developed, and successfully deployed a wide range of innovative products and services. The bank grew from a 300MM local bank to a federally chartered multi-state organization with more than 1.2 billion in assets. His versatility was concurrently employed to establish and lead a Data Security function and a Loan (Quality) Review function. During the four years that he served as editor of the bank’s newsletter, it won two industry awards. In 2008, he was the recipient of a college literary award for a work of creative nonfiction related to his banking career.

Throughout his twenty-year tenure in banking he also provided advisory services to elected officials, nonprofit agencies, and the public. He served on the advisory committees of a State Assemblyman and a State Attorney General and was presented with an award for community advisory services by the Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. He was a member of the Consumer Education Advisory Committee of the Dutchess County Cooperative Extension Association, served on the board of a local day care agency, and served as a guest lecturer and resource person at Dutchess Community College. As a member of the supervisory committee of one of the world’s largest credit unions, he guided implementation of initiatives related to regulatory compliance and internal controls. 

Along the way, he also held various leadership positions in service to the banking industry. He was President of the Consumer Credit Association of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Inc. for two terms, Vice President of District II (New York and New Jersey) of the International Consumer Credit Association, Vice President of the Consumer Credit Group of New York State, a board member of the Mid-Hudson Credit Council, a member of the Savings Banks Association of New York State’s Committee on Consumer Credit, and founding member of the Mid-Hudson Compliance Group. 

Mr. Eastwood is a member of the Leonardo da Vinci Society, the Foundation for the Study of Cycles, and a fellow of the Society of Certified Credit Executives. He has also been a member of organizations such as the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the World Future Society, the International Platform Association, the Tarrytown Group, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the International Association for New Science which published papers related to his research.

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