How Young Professionals Can Set the Course for a Successful Career

During a recent audio conference offered free to young professionals, Ian Worrell, chair of RMA’s Young Professional Committee, InTrust Bank, introduced a panel of RMA Board Members who discussed their career paths and shared how RMA has helped them in their careers. 

Jeff Bajek, CCO at Choice Financial Group and chair of RMA’s Community Bank Council, shared his passion for being a community banker and cited the ability to have a hand in many areas of the bank as a highlight of his position. Bajek benefited from many RMA resources over the course of his career, including training, development, and networking. Through his involvement with RMA, Bajek learned how to manage a credit department and the oversight of credit functions.

Early in his career, when he needed to learn more about credit risk in his role as staff director of a credit risk department, Spyro Karetsos, now CRO at TD Ameritrade, turned to RMA. He was directed to The RMA Journal and was encouraged to attend RMA’s conferences. Today, Karetsos is a frequent contributor to the Journal and a speaker on the topics of operational and enterprise risk at RMA’s conferences, often discussing the ORM and ERM frameworks that he helped to develop for RMA.

Referring to herself as a “country banker,” Sarah Cowan, CCO at National Bank of Middlebury, started her career as a teller at a regional bank in Maine. As she began to work up the ranks, she was told that women don’t make good lenders by one of her male bosses. Undeterred, Cowan sought opportunities at banks where she could grow. Today, she’s on the RMA Board of Directors and is a member of RMA’s Community Bank Council. She credits her committee participation for helping to give her a broad perspective. Cowan reads The RMA Journal and always finds articles that are pertinent to her daily challenges as a CCO.

Bill Perotti, CCO at Frost Bank, stressed the importance of having a mentor, which he credits as greatly helping him at the start of his career at Frost Bank. His mentor introduced him to RMA and Perotti became involved in local chapter events where he gained confidence and grew both personally and professionally. Perotti has also benefited from reading The RMA Journal and attending round tables and in-house training programs. Perotti’s advice to young professionals today is to do their best, seek more knowledge, and become a reliable source for their boss.

Join us for another FREE audio conference for young professionals on May 23, How to Develop Your Personal Brand and Why It Matters.

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