My job is intellectually stimulating, and the positive challenges keep me motivated.
Education: University of Northern Iowa, BA in economics
Joined OCC: 1993
My Path to the OCC
My career path hasn’t been traditional. During my time in the Navy, I served with a man who sparked my interest in personal finance. Finance turned into a passion; so, after leaving active duty, I returned to school to study economics. A professor encouraged me to visit the university’s employment office to learn more about the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). After graduating, I started as an Assistant National Bank Examiner.
Translating Military Experience to Working With the OCC
Here, as in the military, integrity is expected as we work to carry out the agency’s vital mission. Our work can be challenging, but the entire OCC staff is professional and helpful.
On My Career With the OCC
I worked as a field examiner, Examiner-in-Charge, Assistant Deputy Comptroller, and Director for Critical Infrastructure Policy, before serving in my current role of chairing the National Risk Committee. The National Risk Committee is responsible for identifying supervision and systemic risks to the federal banking system. On a daily basis, I could be discussing examination issues or meeting with industry representatives discussing market developments. Having worked here for 26 years in various capacities, I’ve gained a broad understanding of how the agency functions.
On OCC Culture
The OCC culture reflects the agency’s commitment to excellence. I work alongside intelligent, professional people. My job is intellectually stimulating, and the positive challenges keep me motivated.
Advice for New Examiners
Find mentors who will help guide you through your career. I’d also encourage new examiners to slow down. Gain as much knowledge as you can in your first few years before pursuing a management role. Stepping back will provide a broader perspective on your career and will help you become a better manager.
Outside of Work
I’m a competitive cyclist and participate in races when I can. In 2014, I competed in a bike race up Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which was the most challenging physical activity I’ve ever experienced. I also enjoy cooking, traveling, and reading American, military, Italian and Greek history.
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