Brian Nizzo was promoted in late November to vice president-chief lending officer at First American Bank, the same place he started his career in 2006 as a lending officer. He says he first learned to take pride in his work in high school when he cut grass and did maintenance for Ascension Catholic Church in Donaldsonville.
Business Report recently sat down with the Donaldsonville native to talk about his work, and how he made the transition this year to vice president.
Read the full Executive Spotlight Q&A with Nizzo. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:
As someone who now oversees 32 lenders across 25 branches in southeast Louisiana, what’s your strategy for keeping your employees engaged with their work every day?
“Community banking is “Relationship Banking.” We get to meet so many great individuals who have big financial goals and we play an integral part in helping them achieve those goals. Whether it’s building that dream home, or growing your own business, we have opportunities on a daily basis to be part of something special for that customer. If that doesn’t excite you, you’re in the wrong business. My job is to keep our lenders operating efficiently so that they’re not bogged down with paperwork. I want them out in the communities we serve meeting with customers and developing relationships.”