ACCESS graduate and current bank executive Scott Fainor ’94 shared his success story with DeSales University students on Tuesday, November 8 as part of the ACCESS program’s 40th anniversary celebration.
Fainor has worked in the banking industry for the past 37 years. He started his career as a bank teller and rose up the ranks. Over the years, he served on the Federal Reserve advisory council in Washington, D.C. and as president and CEO of National Penn. Today, he is marketing and finance group executive at BB&T.
“I look at all the jobs that went across all of those years as an opportunity for me to learn, an opportunity for me to work with other people, and an opportunity for me to solve issues and move those challenges out of the way as we moved the company forward,” he told students.
Fainor focused on the years following the financial crisis and how customers’ demands and technological advances are driving big changes in banking. He also urged students to be open-minded and embrace change, especially in this fast-paced digital world. “I think as things continue to accelerate, we have to accept that change even more. We have to be able to embrace it. We have to learn from it. And we have to learn how to be more flexible.”
Along with flexibility, he also stressed the importance of communication and treating people with courtesy and respect. “Even as we embrace this new change and new technologies and we’re moving faster and faster in this world, we have to make sure that we do not lose the communication amongst one another and that important human decency.”
Fainor remains heavily involved with his community and DeSales, chairing events like the annual golf outing and dinner dance, and he encouraged students to do the same. “I think as you all know now or as you will know in the years ahead, DeSales will continue to keep pulling you back in and it’s a wonderful experience.”
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