Lloyd Lewis has served as president and CEO for Arc Thrift Stores since December 2005. Arc Thrift Stores operates 25 thrift stores and 16 donation stations throughout Colorado. Store operations provide funding to Arc Chapters, which in turn provide advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado. http://www.arcthrift.org. This also includes Arc’s additional line of business, Vehicles for Charity.
Lewis is responsible for generating funding to support advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado for all Arc chapters. Disabilities include Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and other forms of cognitive deficit. Lewis’ role includes oversight and management of arc’s 25 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 developmental disabilities in the State of Colorado, and since Lewis’ 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 Lewis’ leadership and partnership with Volunteers of America, Arc’s annual food drive to supply Meals on Wheels and soup kitchens and food pantries has grown to the second largest in the State, and this year over 160 Tons of food were collected and distributed. Under Lewis’ tenure, revenue has grown from $30 million to $80 million annually, and earned income from $2 million to $12 million annually.
He is the father of five children, including a nearly 14-year-old with Down syndrome, and an 12-year-old who has a learning disability.
Lewis currently serves as board chair of the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition and of the Atlantis Community Foundation.
He was the past chair of the Rocky Mountain Downs Syndrome Association Other past committees/boards include the marketing and resource committee for the Arc of the United States and the Arc of Colorado. He was involved as a board member of Health Team Works and the Stout Street Foundation.
Lewis was the recipient of the Civil Rights Award from NewsEd Corporation for his work with challenged communities. 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 in 2008. He is also the recipient of an award as one of Denver’s “unsung heroes” in celebration of Denver’s 150th anniversary in 2009, and Lloyd and Arc have been named as a 2010 “Change Maker” for the City of Denver Change Maker program sponsored by Ashoka and the City of Denver.
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. Prior to Arc, Lewis 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.