SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A high-profile member of San Jose’s business community joined the Bank Transfer Day movement Friday.

Silicon Valley businessman Mike Fox, Sr., a beer magnate and philanthropist, announced Friday that he was divesting his long-held personal account with Bank of America. Fox also said he would close M.E. Fox &’s $4 million line of credit.

Fox, 75, heads the wholesale distributor of beer, water and energy drinks.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

His action was being coordinated by the San Jose-based group People Acting in Community Together.

“We have started a big movement that we are just excited to see how others are responding to this,” said the group’s Aurora Solies. “We’re telling the banks that we are fed up with the way they’re treating homeowners.”

The big banks, she claims, have been too slow in helping homeowners modify or refinance their mortgages.

A Bank of America spokesperson declined to comment on Fox’s plans.

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Comments (2)
  1. working man says:

    good job Mike Fox, hope more will follow in your foot steps! hope this is the tip of the iceberg! the fed,banks,insurance,political leaders all have their hand down each others pants and making a big mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Avery St. Clair says:

    What took so long? BofA and WF have been having their customers on toast for years, and Credit Unions aren’t new. More power to the movement. Let’s make November Bank Transfer Month.

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