Work and community service go hand in hand for longtime banker and now practicing attorney Calvin Bellamy. Throughout his career as president and chief executive officer of the former Bank Calumet and now as an attorney with Krieg DeVault LLC, Bellamy served numerous Northwest Indiana organizations, from chairing boards to handing out awards to school children.
“What I’ve enjoyed the most is the ability to relate to the community,” said Bellamy, one of five Northwest Indiana business people named in February to The Times’ Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame.
Bellamy “has set an example of how someone gets involved and helps their community,” said William Nangle, The Times’ executive editor.
“It’s a great honor, especially being with the entrepreneurs that are the other inductees this year,” Bellamy said.
For Bellamy, community involvement has meant the opportunity to “in some way be sensitive to the needs that others were not addressing,” whether partnering with schools, working for affordable housing or helping to develop small businesses.
Bellamy said he looks back with pride on the opportunity while at Bank Calumet to “work with 450 people and share with them the profits of the company.”
Bellamy worked for Hammond based Bank Calumet for 31 years, 24 of them as CEO, before the bank was acquired in late 2005 by First Midwest Bancorp.
In 2006, Bellamy joined the law firm Krieg DeVault LLP as a partner, working in the firm’s financial planning division.
A 1960 graduate of Hammond High School, Bellamy earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of Michigan.
He joined Bank Calumet in 1975, helping to grow the bank’s assets and its footprint in Northwest Indiana.
As an attorney with Krieg DeVault, Bellamy has remained involved in the community.
“I’m grateful my current firm supports me in that activity,” he said. “I continue to think we’re all in this together. If we can make our area the best it can possibly be, everybody is better off.”