The Last Word: JAY LOSCHKE
Photo by Megan Rogers Photographie
Why should young business professionals get involved in Fast Forward? A successful business professional builds a personal brand. While our “brands” undeniably incorporate the businesses that we are associated with, they also encompass personal attributes unique to each one of us. Involvement in Fast Forward helps young professionals to build that personal brand and professional image.
As the chair of Fast Forward, what advice would you give young business professionals? In short, “SHOW UP & PAY ATTENTION.” Get involved, be active, and be visible. Begin creating those strategic alliances now!
What started your career in banking? I always dreamed of playing professional baseball or being a veterinarian as a kid. My relationship with the banking industry was formed entirely by chance and luck.
What business professional do you admire the most? A former colleague, Larry McCoig, taught me the importance of respect. He would treat the facilities director the same as he would the president of the company. That has always made a lasting impression with me, and is something I strive to implement in my daily life.
What company do you admire the most? I admire any company who empowers their employees to make decisions, encourages and invests in their employees’ personal and professional growth, and clearly communicates guidelines and expectations.
What is one goal that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime? Personally I aim to live 100 percent debt free—no mortgage, no auto loans, and no credit cards, none of it.
What quirky habit do you have? I like to see the vacuum lines in the carpet at home. So I will vacuum often times for no reason other than that.
Book recommendation? Does BASSMASTER magazine count?
At this point in your life and career, what do you know for sure? You can only give what has been given. Be willing to give those around you your time, respect, trust and attention if that is what you expect in return. Nothing is promised. You continually need to do everything you can to nurture, build and preserve your relationships – both personally and professionally.