Mr. Lewis has served as Co-Chairman and CEO for Arc Thrift Stores since December 2005, a Colorado nonprofit corporation whose primary lines of business include the Arc Thrift stores as well as the Vehicles for Charity program. In this capacity, he is responsible for generating funding to support advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado for 15 Arc chapters, including Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and other forms of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mr. Lewis’ role includes oversight and management of Arc’s 24 retail stores, corporate and support operations, and a staff of over 1,600 employees. Arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the State of Colorado. His tenure has been an employer of other significantly challenged populations as needs arise, including refugees, people from substance abuse programs, people from homeless programs, women from safe houses, etc. Under his leadership and partnership with Volunteers of America, Arc’s annual food drive is now the second largest in the state and supports Meals on Wheels and numerous soup kitchens and food pantries.
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Mr. Lewis is the past chair of the board of the Mile High Down Syndrome Association. He also served on committees/boards including the marketing and resource committee for the Arc of the United States and the Arc of Colorado, among others. He is the father of five children, including a son with Down syndrome and another with sensory processing disorder.
At Arc, he is instrumental in forging relationships with communities of color, including Clinica Tepeyac, the Latina Safehouse, as well as other community organizations. Currently, he is president of the Atlantis Community Foundation which is redefining affordable housing for PWD.
Mr. Lewis holds a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago Graduate Business School and has prior corporate experience with companies including IBM and Smith Barney. Before his arrival as the Arc, he had extensive financial experience, including serving as director of finance for a publicly traded company, and as controller and CFO for a high tech start-up company.
Mr. Lewis is the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Vision & Leadership Award from the Arc Thrift Stores Board of Directors; the Arc of Pikes Peak 2007 President’s Award; and a Civil Rights Award from NewsEd Corporation for his work with challenged communities. He is also the recipient of an award as one of Denver’s “unsung heroes” in celebration of Denver’s 150th anniversary in 2009. Mr. Lewis and Arc Thrift Stores were named as a 2010 “Changemakers” for the city of Denver.
Click here to read an article on our Co-Chairman Mr. Lloyd Lewis, Executive Edge magazine, by Lynn Bronikowski.