15 Minutes with
PRESIDENT AND CEO
CITY FIRST BANK OF DC
Q. How did you get your start in community banking?
A. Right out of college, I was looking for a job ... not a career, but a job. I applied for a teller position at the local bank and got turned down for the position. However, I discovered there was a recruiter from the same bank at my university's campus who was recruiting for middle management positions.We hit it off, and he submitted my name to HR for the training program. The rest is history.
Q. Tell me about your leadership style.
A. I consider myself a coach. I am very impressed with individuals and their creativity, so I love listening to other people's opinions about decisions that need to be made. However, once I have made a decision, I stand firmly behind it, tempering my firmness with a little flexibility when it's warranted.
Q. You were working for a Minnesota community bank when you were offered the job of president and CEO of City First Bank of DC, which conducted an extensive search for a new leader. How did you react to the news that you were the chosen candidate?
A. It was very humbling and exciting. I knew [City First Bank] would be a great fit for me in terms of my career interests. However, I worried about how my family and I would like and adjust to living in the city of Washington, D.C., which led to long family discussions. …