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Managing Director; Data Management Executive
The CFO Group
I served in the United States Navy from 1983 to 1990, reaching the enlisted rank of E-6, First Class Petty Officer. My specialty was Aviation Administration (an “AZ”) and I was stationed at NAS Cecil Field, in Jacksonville, FL for three years and deployed several times on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, as part of the VA-86 light attack squadron. I worked in maintenance control, which isthe operational heartbeat of an aircraft squadron, and supported the Master Chief, who is charged leading all enlisted personnel and insuring each aircraft is safe and fit for flight. My last three years were at NAS Boca Chica in Key West, a choice duty for sure.
I started working in banking in 1990 and joined Bank of America in 2001. While working full time, I completed both my undergraduate and MBA degrees at Baldwin Wallace College. Although not the traditional path, my personal drive and work ethic that I honed while in the Navy has not let me down. Further, the leadership skills I developed from the demanding life of a sailor at sea, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, have also served me very well.
Currently, I am a Managing Director in the CFO group and manage over 125 employees in the Treasury Data Management team. We aggregate, control and provision hundreds of millions of rows of data each day from each line of business, in support of key Treasury processes e.g., Balance Sheet Management, Capital, Liquidity, Asset Liability Management, Insurance and Treasury Finance. Upon reflection, many of the same qualities that were needed to excel in the service are the same qualities required to excel in banking: respect for yourself and your team, commitment to the task at hand, adherence to the chain of command, perseverance through adversity and teamwork.
Leadership Development Analyst
Military Background – I served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy for 4 years. I served onboard 2 Naval Warships as the Strike Officer and Damage Control Assistant. As the Strike Officer I was in charge of the Tomahawk, SM-2, and Harpoon Weapons Systems onboard a Cruiser. As a Damage Control Assistant my team was responsible for responding to any casualties, fire, flooding, or a chemical, biological, and radiological attack while I was onboard a Destroyer. I completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf, a joint deployment with the British Royal Navy, as well as a Joint Warrior Exercise with many different navies.
I am currently a Leadership Development Analyst supporting the Consumer & Small Business, which employs approximately 70,000 associates. My team supports all of the processes that are involved with performance management, talent management, 360 feedback, and other programs supporting leadership development.
My military background has given me a strong sense of urgency needed to complete tasks in a timely manner, which enables me to be a useful resource when working with senior level executives. Learning and mastering the business is much like learning your command, you move every few years but take the knowledge that you have learned with you into your next role. The types of roles and responsibilities that I have had in the Navy helped me navigate from role to role at Bank of America at a quicker rate than my peers.
My advice to others would be that you are constantly working towards your next role, so learn and be involved with as much as possible so you are ready when the opportunity arises. Do not be afraid to take on a new opportunity, we do it all the time in the military when we transfer duty stations. The amount of opportunities that are out there is amazing, and you have to give yourself the chance to do it.
VP, Market Sales Manager
At Bank of America, we’re proud to work beside thousands of veterans and spouses. Building on that, since 2014 we have hired 6,000+ service members toward hitting our goal of hiring an additional 10,000 veterans, guard, and reservists over the next several years. Since joining Bank of America in 2015, Market Sales Manager Joseph D. has found he often leverages his military experience in his banking role. Here’s Joseph’s story.
I commissioned in May 2008 as a Second Lieutenant into the Army Engineer Corps. My Army career consisted of numerous staff and leadership roles including: Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, both Battalion and Brigade-level Human Resources Officer and Brigade Chief of Operations; and a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2010 to December 2011.
Leaving the Army was one of the toughest (and in many ways the scariest) decisions I’ve ever made. Luckily, I and my family navigated through it and in 2015, I joined Bank of America through an MBA leadership development program in the consumer line of business. Two years later, I’m a Market Sales Manager responsible for 13 Financial Centers with more than 35 Relationship Managers.
My leadership experience in the military has been paramount to my success in this role. Very quickly, I had to adapt to a complex market with many direct reports. What I recognized was how similar it was to leading soldiers in the Army. Further, the experiences I gained in the Army allowed me to hone my interpersonal skills and truly connect with people of all walks of life – something that is essential to success in the private sector.
For anyone making the transition to civilian life, I’d say this: recognize your value. You may be starting over in a way, but your military experience gives you a leg-up on the competition. Leverage your military experience, continue to be humble, trainable, coachable and deliver, and you will get noticed.
Business Control Specialist
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Wealth Management Client Services
Jeanette Eason works in Wealth Management Client Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Jacksonville, Florida. Coming from a long and varied career in the Air Force in public health, she was looking for a position where her skills could translate from military to civilian life.