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A History of Innovation
Capital One has a long history of innovation, from its early days as a division of a Virginia-based community bank to its current status as a world-class Fortune 500 company.
Capital One Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Richard D. Fairbank, started the company in 1988 based on his core belief that the power of information, technology, and testing could be harnessed to bring highly customized financial products directly to consumers. Capital One has created leading national lending businesses and is one of the nation's most recognized brands. Today, the company ranks 148th on the Fortune 500 and is fourth among Fortune 500 companies in Virginia.
For his pioneering efforts, Fairbank has been consistently recognized for his innovation and leadership, including being named one of the "The Top 10 Innovators of the Decade" by Bank Systems and Technology magazine. Fortune magazine named Capital One to 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of the "Top Companies for Leaders" in North America. Capital One was also named to 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business magazine.
Investing for Good in Virginia
Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One has a large presence in Central Virginia. The West Creek Campus is one of the company's primary "people centers" with more than 5,000 associates.
"When we designed the campus, we made a commitment to create a workplace of the future, right here in Goochland County," said Dan Mortensen, senior vice president, Corporate Real Estate. "Goochland County has been our home since 2000 and continues to be a great partner. The support and resources they have provided have helped us to meet the growing needs of our business."
As the company expands in Goochland County, Capital One is continuing to focus on sustainability. The current West Creek Campus buildings are already Green Globes certified and the company is pursuing certification for the buildings currently under construction. The new buildings will have green elements incorporated throughout, such as: electric car charging stations and LED lighting throughout the new parking deck, covered bicycle racks, integrated Building Control Systems to optimize the energy use for heating, cooling and lighting systems, use of higher-efficiency HVAC systems with gas pre-heat to reduce energy use, low flow fixtures to reduce water use, and native landscaping to reduce irrigation and to support the local habitat.
Capital One has invested deeply in Virginia's economic growth. It is the 8th-largest employer in Virginia and since 2010 has added more than 5,000 new jobs in the state. Capital One has also provided millions of dollars in grants to local nonprofits and community organizations throughout Virginia, and its associates have served more than a quarter million volunteer hours in the commonwealth.