Been a while since I've posted here. It all started a long, long time ago. 2006, by my count. Here it is 12 years, two home and three kids later. It's been a hell of a ride. I started in ops making around $35k a year. I've added around $225k to that number since. I've done that by being genuinely interested in what I do.
I started on this board as AssociateGuerilla. Then came AVPGuerrila. Now I'm a VP, hopefully getting promoted this year.
I was a fresh CUNY grad, humanities major, planning to go to law school. The bank had a job open in ops. I applied to bide my time while I studied for the LSATs. I didn't know the difference between a stock and a bond. But I guess I got lucky. They picked me up as an ops analyst, basically reconciling two systems all day every day. Down to the dollar. I was a checker. My job was to flag the no-checks, and move on to the next check.
It was awful. But I did my job, and worked hard. It was around the time I got into Seton Hall and St John's Law that I learned about our banks commodity business.
I'd always been interested in Commodities. My folks were both metals traders. Maybe I'd make it into the Commodities business some day. Why not? To hell with law school. I can do this. I told my manager - I wanted to be a Commodity Banker. Ha! He laughed. People don't make it from ops into banking. It just doesn't happen. Not here, not anywhere.
I could write a book about the ensuing twelve years. Maybe one day I will. Suffice it to say, I made it out of ops and into the Commodities business. I'm now helping manage our business development group. It's hard to say exactly what I do, but I'm part banker, part investment advisor, part corporate advisor. I work exclusively with family owned businesses. I help generate revenue for the bank, be that through lending, corporate advisory or new wealth management relationships. I love my job. (Most days.)
Ask me anything.