2018 Civic Celebration

Honoring Richard Davis

Former President, CEO & Executive Chairman of U.S. Bank
Business Leader, Community Builder



Richard Davis

For sixty-five years, Minnesotans from diverse backgrounds, political parties, and ideologies have gathered for an evening to recognize what makes us unique: an enduring civic culture, innovative leadership, and a commitment to find common ground for the common good in Minnesota. We take the time to honor those whose work has inspired, challenged, and transformed the wider community. Recent honorees include retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page; leader in business and education, Wheelock Whitney; medical innovator and civic mentor Dr. Glen Nelson; dedicated and courageous public servant, Susan Kimberly; and civil rights and equity champion Dr. Josie Johnson.

At this year’s 2018 Civic Celebration, we continued this tradition by honoring business leader and community builder Richard Davis.

Civic Celebration Speakers Announced!

We’re pleased to announce an amazing line-up of speakers that will not only speak of the innovative leadership of Richard Davis, but also how his civic engagement, public investment, and community-building serves as a model for leaders throughout Minnesota.

Miles Swammi

Miles Swammi

Customer Finance Manager for General Mills' Club Channel

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Co-CEO of Carlson Holdings, Inc., and former chairman and CEO of Carlson

Ravi Norman

Ravi Norman

CEO of Minneapolis-based THOR Companies

About Richard Davis

Richard Davis began his career as a bank teller at age 18, working his way through college. At 30, he was a senior executive at one of the nation’s largest banks. In 2002, he moved to Minneapolis and in 2006, he became CEO of U.S. Bank, leading the company to become the fifth-largest commercial bank in the country during one of the most difficult eras in banking history.

Over the course of his career, Davis deepened his community connections wherever he lived and worked, and Minnesota was no exception. In Minnesota’s unique culture of private and public partnerships, Davis quickly became a leader, taking opportunities to make a positive impact regardless of who made the call.

For example, soon after making Minnesota home, Davis worked with then-Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to help develop and eventually co-chair STEP-UP, an internship program that places more than 1,600 Minneapolis youth in paid internships with Twin Cities businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits each year. Although Governor Dayton and Davis held different political views, when Governor Dayton approached Davis to help to bring the Super Bowl to Minnesota, he didn’t hesitate to join the effort. Davis also made quiet gestures that had impact. After participating at a French toast breakfast at the Catholic Charities, Davis learned that this event was a favorite of the attendees but that a warm breakfast was a rarity based on cost reasons. In response, he led an effort for US Bank to fund and enlist volunteers to serve French toast at the center every Friday.

He currently serves on several nonprofit boards, including the American National Red Cross, the Mayo Clinic, Twin Cities YMCA, and the University of Minnesota Foundation as well as serving on the Xcel Energy, Dow Chemical and Mastercard boards.

"The Twin Cities is the number one community in America. Everytime I'm asked, 'What makes you all so special?' I just say, 'Meet the people in the community and that will give you the reason.' It's not the topography, it's not the weather, it's not the buildings. It's the people."

- Richard Davis

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