Tell me about your work:
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is my role in helping customers throughout their financial life journey. I am a community banker and get to witness first-hand the dream of home ownership, the anticipation of starting a new business and the feeling of trust as I advise for a life-changing event such as retirement. Another rewarding component of my job is seeing the development of coworkers in their career.
What is the hardest?
While the government’s intent is to help and protect the consumer, sometimes the regulations put in place can make it challenging for both the banker and the consumer. As a local bank, however, we work personally with our customers to offer direction and advice to help them understand the regulations.
What’s on the agenda for 2021?
As banks are critical for the economic wellbeing of our community, we had to adapt to the needs of our customers during the pandemic. I am confident that we can continue in 2021 to provide excellence in service especially under the auspices of a potential vaccine.
What’s one leadership skill you feel everyone must learn?
I have two. The first is humility. In leadership, I think it is more important to focus on your coworkers instead of one’s self. Success is gained from a mindset of collaboration – a Synergy.
The second is being a coach. It is important to create an environment where employees can learn and use their abilities to the fullest.
Tell me about yourself:
As a child, what did you see yourself doing as a career?
Originally, I thought I was going to be a teacher/educator because I like the idea of helping others understand and grow.
What was your very first job?
My first job was as a student worker in the College of Business at Nicholls State University. It was my first experience working in customer service. It introduced me to the importance of customer service including knowing the best way to manage situations and interact with all types of personalities and people.
What time to do you wake up and how do you start your day?
Typically, 5am so that I can exercise.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family plays such an important role in my life and I couldn’t imagine life without them.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My wife, daughter and I love to travel and visit new destinations. I would also consider myself somewhat of a “foodie” and love to try new restaurants and meals. Plus, I enjoy inshore saltwater fishing.
Favorites/This or that:
Jumbo boiled crabs
Favorite vacation spot:
There are so many wonderful places and I don’t think I can pick a favorite, but I do prefer warmer climates.
How do you like your coffee?
I drink one cup per day after lunch. The creamer has to be chilled and includes two pink sweeteners.
Choocolate or vanilla?
Pen or pencil?
Pen with blue ink
Early bird or night owl?
More of an early bird. •