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Tony Lewis, 29
Branch Sales Manager at Regions Bank South Campbell Location,
Financial Consultant at Sumits Hot Yoga,
Professional Hitting Instructor and Creator of Grip-N-Rip Hitting League
ï¡¿Judging by his position managing one of southwest Missouri’s largest bank branches, you wouldn’t know Tony Lewis has only been in banking for a handful of years. He started with Regions Bank as a personal banker, rapidly rising through the ranks to lead the large sales and teller team at its South Campbell location. Lewis is the youngest manager in any of Regions’ southwest Missouri locations.
Lewis owes his rapid ascension to his ability to lead, which he honed on the baseball fields of Springfield and even France. The Glendale High School graduate played three years of ball at Missouri State University before transferring to Drury University to play for ex-Glendale coach Mark Stratton and help Stratton start that school’s baseball program. As the only senior on a freshman-dominated squad, Lewis nevertheless led Drury to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference title in the team’s inaugural season. “I loved playing for both universities,” Lewis says. “I got to play the inaugural game at Hammons Field, which was amazing. But transferring to Drury to play for Coach Stratton was one of the best moves I ever made.”
A post-college tryout with the Phillies led to a year of pro ball in France and a stint playing independent ball for teams in Chicago, Toronto and Quebec City. Eventually Lewis returned to Springfield to settle down with his wife, Stephanie. But Lewis still scratches the baseball itch as a private instructor for kids and even for a few Missouri State players.
Branch Sales Manager, Regions Bank South Campbell Location
Financial Consultant, Sumits Hot Yoga
Professional Hitting Instructor and Creator, Grip-N-Rip Hitting League
Education: 2007 Drury University Graduate; Bachelor’s in business administration marketing emphasis
1. How did you end up at your current job/profession?
The story of how I got to where I am at today involves baseball, foreign countries, finding my wife, and having a passion for numbers. I am a Springfield native who went to Eugene Field Elementary, Pershing Middle and Glendale High School. I played baseball for Missouri State and Drury universities, played professionally for three years after that, and started with Regions Bank upon my retirement from the game in 2010. Currently, I manage the South Campbell branch. I still like to stay close to baseball by giving private instruction for students ranging from fourth grade all the way to collegiate levels. I also run a Grip N Rip hitting league for children ages 10 to 15. I also love to support my wife and her partner with their business, Sumits Hot Yoga
2. Where do you find passion to do what you do?
My family gives me my passion to do what I do every day. My wife is my best friend and pushes me every day to be a better person.
3. Tell us about your family.
I’m married to my beautiful wife Stephanie, and we currently do not have children. My mother and father, Robert and Lisa, live in the area, as well as my brother, Ian, with his wife, Emily, and son, Joey. I have another brother, Alex, who lives in Texas.
4. What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
Hobbies include losing every week in Fantasy Football, completing Honey Do’s on the weekend, and if I can squeeze in a golf game with my father-in-law, Steve Lael, I’m a pretty happy guy.
5. Are you involved in any charitable organizations? (If so, what are they, and what is your role? Why is it important to you?)
I am involved with Rotary Club and Junior Achievement for Ms. Diallo’s fourth grade class at Bingham Elementary. I love to be around kids and watch them grow as people and as ball players. I have the utmost respect for our area’s teachers. Wow, their jobs are tough.
7 How would you define the secret to success?
The secret to my success is to surround myself with positive energy at all times and steer clear from the negative. My family and friends mean the world to me, and their support on and off the field have helped me become the person I am today.
8. What's your favorite thing about your career?
My favorite thing is that I get to help people every single day. My role at Regions Bank allows me to help people with their finances. All the way from balancing a client’s checkbook to helping them purchase a house, I love to see a complete financial picture for customers and see how my paintbrush might come to use.
9. What's your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
I always say that living in Springfield gives you a small-town feeling with big-city aspects. You can see events that often only big cities could draw while also losing yourself on a nearby creek to pull out small mouth bass. Gotta love it.
10. If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Start working on a social network program that allows people to see what your relationship status is, post pictures, and let people know what you had for dinner.
11. What was your “dream job” at age 5?
Major League Baseball Player…too easy.
12. List three traits that define a successful career:
Be happy with yourself, own your work, and surround yourself with positive energy.
13. Why are you a 20 under 30?
Couldn’t tell ya.
14. What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
I am excited about the future with Regions Bank because the company is always a front-runner on helping people manage their funds. Whether that is taking mobile pictures of checks for deposit, to having top-of-the-line online capabilities, we are focused on putting our customers first and providing innovative and personalized service.
15. What completed project are you most proud of?
At work, I’m proud each and every time we help a customer reach a financial goal. It’s always rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life.
Away from work, my Grip N Rip winter hitting league is pretty fun. The league helps student athletes keep their baseball skills sharp during the winter months. I love to help children discover their potential in baseball.
Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:
A great golf shot makes life worth living.
A day at work wouldn't be complete without a hot yoga class.
Ten years from now, I hope I'm still in the people business.
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would show my wife the world.
The best part about being a 20 Under 30 is that my family is proud.