BBA Finance Alumni Spotlight: Amegy Bank Officer Development Program

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January 22, 2015 by texasbbacareerservices

Kelly Nash's amegy

Kelly Nash
BBA Finance Alumni
Amegy Bank

Tells us what drew you to apply for the Officer Development Program at Amegy Bank.

While I was an undergrad, I never really knew what I wanted to do after graduation, let alone during my time at UT. I switched majors from accounting to marketing and then back to accounting; then, after a semester in the MPA program, I decided to try finance, despite not having taken any finance classes at the time. When the time came to look for a job, I was equally all over the map.

I searched the entire On Campus Recruiting system for job postings that seemed interesting. I applied for operational roles, internal financial analyst roles, and many positions that had formal training programs. I had not been aware that companies invested in new graduates in such a way until I started going through the listings. I was drawn to it because training programs seemed like an opportunity to work for a company that truly values its employees and invests in new hires and their development.  My experience with Amegy Bank’s Officer Development Program exceeded my expectations of this more than I could have hoped.

What do you like about working for Amegy Bank?

Learn more and apply for the Full-time Credit Analyst - Training Program w/ Rotations via OCR. Deadline: February 12, 2015

Learn more and apply for the Full-time Credit Analyst – Training Program w/ Rotations via OCR. Deadline: February 12, 2015

If you ask every employee at Amegy this question, you will receive the same response: the people. As an undergrad, I did not appreciate the importance of surrounding yourself at work with people who you enjoy spending time with and who care for you personally and professionally. I am so glad I did not have to learn this lesson the hard way.

A few unique things about Amegy’s culture include referring to everyone on a first name basis (our founder is “Walter,” not “Mr. Johnson”), and executives always willing to make time for an employee for a meeting. I hesitate to say that “the bank” cares about its employees because really it’s the employees who make up “the bank” who care about each other.

My career is incredibly fulfilling. My day looks different every day. I can have client meetings, prospect meetings, or meetings with private equity firms and investment banks to discuss an acquisition. I can write presentations, give presentations, model financial statements, train analysts, or research new industries. No two days are the same and it keeps me engaged and excited to go to work each day.

What skills make a person successful in this position?

Characteristics of a successful credit analyst include diligent, smart, proactive, adaptable, and eager to learn. Every day will be different and every rotation will be different, so analysts should be inquisitive and interested in a variety of industries and financial topics. After completing your time as an analyst, ODP graduates will be in a sales oriented role and therefore ideal candidates would be able to confidently interact with clients and prospects.

Please share your general career advice.

Mack Brown said it best:

Come Early – get a head start on your day by being in the office early to read the newspaper, check emails, and be ready to tackle the day once 8:00 rolls around.

Be Loud – well, not literally, but be enthusiastic; eager to learn and add value.

Stay Late – do whatever it takes to get the job done. Never say “no” to a task or assignment – have a “do whatever it takes” attitude and you will go far.

Wear Burnt Orange – represent The University of Texas with pride and continue its legacy of “what starts here changes the world.” Hook ‘em!

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Amegy Bank or its affiliates.

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Amegy Bank N.A. Member FDIC

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