SVP and Multicultural Banking Executive for Fifth Third Bank
Manuel is senior vice president and multicultural banking executive for Fifth Third Bank. He is responsible for leading the multicultural banking strategy and its execution. Born and raised in Mexico, Manuel graduated from law school there prior to earning a master’s degree in public administration from UNC Charlotte. Manuel is a past member of Atrium Health’s Board of Advisors. He is married to Ana and they have two children. He and Ana have served on the Levine Children’s Hospital Gala organizing committee since the event’s inception and Manuel has also been involved with the annual Latin Radiothon benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. Manuel is a past President and Chairman of the Board of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce and has served on several local boards such as the Board of the Mayor’s International Cabinet. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Commission of the League of Governments and on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Former Carolina Panther & Owner, Vision Realty (A residential real estate business)
Mike Rucker is a retired Carolina Panther who resides in Weddington, NC with his wife, Kristina, and their three children. He currently serves on the Atrium Health Board of Commissioners and has served as Team Captain of the Foundation’s Young Ambassadors program since its inception. This program recognizes youth fundraisers who are making a significant impact on healthcare in our community through fundraising efforts that benefit Atrium Health facilities and programs. During his professional football career Mike also raised substantial funds for Atrium Health’s Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS Center through his annual “Sack ALS” campaigns and participation in our annual Pinstripes event.
Managing Director, Barings
David Secrest Managing Director, Barings David Secrest was born in Shelby, and now considers himself a local Charlottean. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a punter on the football team. His Institutional Debt Management group was acquired by Babson Capital Management, which rebranded as Barings in 2016. Barings (in many cases led in their volunteer and sponsor efforts by David) has an extensive history of support for events benefiting our foundation, including the annual Hopebuilders 5K, Levine Children’s Gala, and the Sarcoma Stomp 5K. In 2018, David danced in the Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars Gala on behalf of Levine Children’s Hospital and raised a then record $129,000 for the hospital. David also has served for several years on the foundation’s Levine Children’s Hospital Board of Ambassadors and he and his wife Natalie are members of the Dreamcatcher Society.