BBA Alumni Experience: Accelerated Career Track Program with Bank of Texas

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September 25, 2013 by texasbbacareerservices

bankoftexasblogKristen Carter pictureKristen Carter, UT McCombs BBA Alum 2010
Major: Finance, Business Honors Program, Plan II Honors
Employer: Bank of Texas
Position: Healthcare Banking Officer

What made you want to be a part of the Accelerated Career Track?
As a junior, I applied for a summer internship with Bank of Texas through career services. I did not know much about commercial banking, and the summer internship was a great way to familiarize myself with the industry and determine if banking was a career path that interested me. My summer internship experience allowed me the opportunity to work directly with bankers on various deals, attend customer calls, assist with underwriting, gain direct exposure to executive management, and contribute to solving a company issue by competing in the Battle of the Interns competition. After having the opportunity to intern at Bank of Texas, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in commercial banking through the ACT program.

How is the program structured?
The first portion of the program consists of four months of financial analysis training, systems training, a complete BOK Financial organizational overview and the opportunity to meet with all of the BOK Financial Executives including our CEO. The second portion of the program is approximately 12 months consisting of a series of rotations in various business lines. As a part of the Commercial Banking ACT track, I rotated through middle market, commercial real estate, energy, healthcare, business development, and treasury services.

Did the program meet your expectations?
Yes, and then some! The ACT program is a well structured and organized leadership program, centered on professional and personal development. It provided me with a unique opportunity to experience each department of the bank and understand how all the moving parts of the bank come together. Through credit training, case studies, and rotations, the program allowed me to work with the most talented professionals in the industry and learn from them first hand.

What do you think is the most unique thing about this program?
The exposure to upper level management is what sets the ACT program apart from the rest. In addition to meeting all of the BOK Financial executives during training, each trainee has an executive rotation where they have the opportunity to work closely with executives in their market. Also, the transition from a university setting to a new career is always challenging. The ACT Program helps with this transition by providing a unique chance to continue learning in a classroom environment with a group of individuals who are in a similar stage in life.

How has your career developed while working at Bank of Texas?
The ACT program provides its participants with a solid foundation in credit risk analysis, which is critical to becoming a successful commercial banker. Upon completion of the program, I was immediately able to support my team of bankers as a credit analyst in our Healthcare Banking group.  I have now translated those same credit skills into my role as a Healthcare banker, helping develop long-term financial solutions for health systems, hospitals, senior housing, skilled nursing facilities, and physician practices.


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