Michael Lewis, B.B.A.’71
Executive Vice President (retired)
BMO Harris Bank
Michael Lewis retired as executive vice president of BMO Harris N.A. and Chicago metro regional president in January 2013. His responsibilities included strategic integration and management of business segments across the network of BMO Harris branches in the city of Chicago, South Cook county and northwest Indiana. Lewis had specific accountability for growing the bank’s commercial and retail business, community development and the consumer loans and services sector throughout the district.
Lewis is an active member of Chicago’s business and civic communities and serves on several boards. He is the past chairman of the board of Chicago United, past vice chairman and member of the executive committee for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and a member of the Executives Club of Chicago. He serves on the board of directors for the Western Michigan University Foundation, and is past chairman for WMU’s Haworth College of Business advisory council. Additionally, in 2013, Lewis was appointed director of the Regional Transportation Authority board by the Cook county president. In 2014, he was named to the board of directors of Urban Partnership Bank. Lewis is also included in The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection.
Lewis received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, where he was a scholarship varsity football athlete and an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He earned his MBA in finance from Indiana University. He and his wife Jacqueline, B.A.’71, M.S.W.’73, reside in Olympia Fields, Illinois.