LOLA PRESLEY

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LOLA PRESLEY, IWP Founding Director, Banker, Hancock Bank. Born in Monroe County, AL, she has lived in Pensacola since moving here as a child with her family. After earning an Associate of Arts degree from Pensacola Junior College, she was hired as a cashier by the A&P food chain, becoming the first African-American in that position. While working full time, being a good mother to her daughter Linda and a wife to her husband Earl, she earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of West Florida. In the 1990s Lola became the first African-American bank officer with Sun Trust Bank and continues to this day in a banking career that has spanned over 40 years. She was a founding member of the Pensacola chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and is one of the seven founders of the Institute for Women in Politics of Northwest Florida. Lola is also active in the NAACP, a member of the Pride of Pensacola Order of the Eastern Star, and actively involved in the life of Emanuel Baptist Church. Earlier in her professional life she was active in the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Improvement Board.