Few individuals have been as integral to the growth and development of the Cedar Rapids area as Harold Becker. Since moving to the area at the age of three, Becker has left his mark on the banking, real estate and grocery industries and the city as a whole. Getting his business start at the family grocery store, Becker and his parents grew the store to fourteen area locations before it was purchased by Piggly Wiggly. Entering into the world of real estate, Harold and his father developed over 1,000 residential and commercial lots in the area. At the age of 26, Becker bought his first stock with Guaranty Bank & Trust Co. and before long; he had advanced to a seat on the Board of Directors. From 1972 to the present he has served as Chairman of the Board. Thanks to Becker’s leadership and guidance, Guaranty Bank now has nine local branches and over $280 million in assets.
In addition to his duties at Guaranty Bank, Becker has been instrumental in a variety of organizations. He has assisted with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Association, the Linn County Historical Society, the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Becker was instrumental in the formation of the Greater Downtown Association, today known as the Cedar Rapids Downtown District.
Junior Achievement is not the only organization to recognize Harold Becker’s outstanding achievements and contributions to his community. He has been awarded the Cedar Rapids/Marion Arts Council Distinguished Service Award, the Planned Parenthood Person of the Year Award, and the Jewish National Fund “Tree of Life” Award for outstanding commitment to community. In the true fashion of a grounded leader, Becker considers his family his greatest achievement.