Saving the American Dream: Main Street’s Last Stand is a provocative and thoughtful account of how our nation’s ideals of equality and the pursuit of happiness emerged as an inspiration and a beacon of hope for the entire world, and how politicians, Wall Street and our own sense of entitlement have gradually eroded this Dream to the point of endangering America’s preeminence.
About the Book
In this fascinating and informative book, Louis Hernandez, Jr. explores the origins, evolution and economic underpinnings of the American Dream, detailing how key government policies over-facilitated the dream’s attainment, weakened the will of the American people and drove us inexorably toward the 2007 financial crisis. He shows how policies put in place after the crisis not only failed to address the core problems America faces, but created a growing disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street that has made things far worse. Order your copy today.
Join the Movement
Community based financial institutions play a crucial role in the local communities they serve by funding new businesses, creating new jobs and supporting the everyday banking needs of individuals and small businesses. It’s a simple equation:
- Over 65% of jobs are created by entrepreneurs of small business.
- Community based institutions provide almost 60% of loans to small business.
- Consumer Confidence is most correlated to the availability of jobs and 70% of US economy consumer spending.
- Therefore small businesses and community banks and credit unions drive our national economy.
Unfortunately, our policymakers’ misguided regulations are hurting our clients. Open Solutions is committed to supporting the industry by delivering the critical message that community banks and credit unions are the financial pillars and economic engines of our communities. And you can help to:
- The Petition: Sign our petition to support the ability of small businesses and community-based banks and credit unions to spur economic growth and stability.
- Rallies: Attend a public rally to show your support. Follow us on Facebook for dates and locations of upcoming rallies.
Please help us spread the word. Take action now. Together, let’s save the American Dream.
About the Author
Louis Hernandez, Jr. is an author, award-winning entrepreneur, policy advisor and highly respected business executive who currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Open Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-wide enabling technologies for financial institutions. He sits on the board of several major corporations, including HSBC North America Holdings Inc., Avid Technology Inc., and ScoreBig Inc.
Mr. Hernandez published his first book, "Too Small to Fail," in 2010, urging the leaders of community-based financial institutions to recapture their position at the center of national economic growth – one community at a time. A sought-after keynote speaker, he has been published in leading business and financial journals, and appeared on ABC News Now, Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Fox Business News to share his views on technology, economics, strategic planning and globalization.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Hernandez has founded and led several successful, high-growth businesses, and received numerous innovation and leadership awards. As a policy advisor, he served as vice chair of the Connecticut Governor's Council on Economic Competitiveness and Technology, and chaired the Council’s Technology Transfer Advisory board. He also served as vice chair of the Commission for Educational Technology in Connecticut.
Active in his community, Mr. Hernandez is a member of the board of trustees of the Connecticut Center for Science & Exploration; a board member of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center; and founder of the Hope Fund, a charitable organization supporting child and adult health-care issues as well as youth development opportunities. He is an avid soccer player, a licensed premier and travel club youth soccer coach, and was a founding owner of the Boston Breakers, New England’s premier professional women’s soccer team.
Mr. Hernandez lives with his family in Glastonbury, CT.