President & CEO
Legacy Bank (No. 13 on the BE Banks list with $224.5 million in assets) is the only bank holding company in the U.S. organized by African American women. Deposits have grown at a rate of about 21% each year, including 2008. Sims is part of a select team of community bank CEOs tapped by President Barack Obama in his effort to reboot the economy and encourage small business lending.
Donna Sims Wilson
M.R. Beal & Co.
Sims Wilson oversees revenue growth with corporations, public pension plans, and institutional asset management firms for New York–based M.R. Beal & Co. (No. 10 in taxable securities with $18.8 million in co-lead issues and No. 3 in tax-exempt securities with $2.1 billion in lead issues on the BE Investment Banks list). She also collaborates with federal government agencies on mortgage-related issues.
Gwendolyn Smith Iloani
President & CEO
Smith Whiley & Co.
At Smith Whiley (No. 10 on the BE Private Equity Firms list with $300 million in capital under management), Smith Iloani oversees the firm’s investment and portfolio management activities. She is a member of the firm’s executive committee and is the chairman of the investment committee.
EVP, Treasury Management
& Merchant Services
Taylor’s responsibilities involve overseeing teams throughout the country that are engaged in supporting business development, implementation, and servicing efforts within the bank’s real estate, middle market, small business, and private banking groups. She also leads the merchant services business to increase Capital One’s market share, revenues, and profitability.
SVP, Global Home Entertainment
& Adult-Brand Licensing,
Torres, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, manages the home entertainment portfolio for the entire MTV Networks portfolio of brands, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH-1, CMT, and Logo. She also oversees and sets the strategic vision for the execution of home entertainment plans worldwide: the U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, and Australia.