5 Minutes with the 2021 VBA Committee Chairs

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Mia Mallory, Village Bank
Chair of the VBA Training Committee

Number of Years on the Committee: 8

How have you benefited from your participation in this committee?
I have had the opportunity to share ideas, discuss current challenges, and hear other perspectives directly from individuals in my same role at multiple banks around the state of Virginia. This experience is invaluable for many reasons, but mostly because it creates a very positive environment for networking, learning, and finding creative ways to improve processes at my own bank.

Your Media Mix:

  • Favorite Song: Holiday by Madonna
  • Favorite Podcast: Best of Both Worlds
  • Favorite Book: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
  • Favorite TV Show: All American
  • Favorite Movie: Captain Marvel and Remember the Titans

Lightning Round Questions:

  • What is your secret weapon? Forgiveness
  • I always start my day with…Singing to my children 
  • I would most like to have lunch with (dead or alive): Prince
  • What do you consider your biggest accomplishment - career or otherwise? Graduating from the 2020 Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management, Top 10 Percent
  • What is the top thing still left on your bucket list? A trip to Italy

Nadia Summo, American National Bank & Trust Co.
Chair of the VBA Human Resources Committee

Number of Years on the Committee: 7

How have you benefited from your participation in this committee?
Being a member of the VBA HR Committee has afforded me the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with others who are doing the same type of work. We are a tight-knit group and communicate regularly regarding current events and issues related to our industry and our field while sharing valuable best practices along the way. The committee has been an incredible resource to me over the years.

Your Media Mix:

  • Favorite Song: Black by Pearl Jam
  • Favorite Podcast: Serial
  • Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
  • Favorite TV Show: Dispatches from Elsewhere
  • Favorite Movie: Divergent

Lightning Round Questions:

  • I would most like to have lunch with (dead or alive): my fraternal grandparents – I never got to meet them
  • If I wasn’t a banker, I would be…some sort of medical surgeon
  • How would you spend one million dollars? paying off debt, travelling and saving for retirement
  • What is the top thing still left on your bucket list? a trip to Dubai
  • What TV show or movie character would it be the most fun to change places with for a week? Willy Wonka

Maria Tedesco, Atlantic Union Bank
Chair of the VBA Government Relations Committee

Number of Years on the Committee: 1

How have you benefited from your participation in this committee?
I have had the opportunity to witness first hand the impact we have in both educating and collaborating with our government constituencies to develop policies that better our communities that we serve.

Your Media Mix:

  • Favorite Song: A Life That’s Good
  • Favorite Podcast: The Moth
  • Favorite Book: 2030
  • Favorite TV Show: Amazing Race
  • Favorite Movie: any James Bond movie

Lightning Round Questions:

  • What is your secret weapon? Assume good intentions when engaging with others.
  • I always start my day with…a good workout
  • I would most like to have lunch with (dead or alive): Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Malala Yousafzai
  • Favorite weekend activity: Road Biking
  • If I wasn’t a banker, I would be…A detective - love a good mystery
  • If your life right now were a Netflix show, what would it be called? Mary Tyler Moore of Richmond
  • What do you consider your biggest accomplishment - career or otherwise? Being a mom of two independent and strong women and being a good role model for them
  • How would you spend one million dollars? purchase a place by the Atlantic Ocean and give to some of my favorite charities
  • If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest? Warren Buffet
  • What’s the most-used app on your phone? Waze – I have been here in Virginia for 2.5 years and I still need help finding my way around.
  • What is the top thing still left on your bucket list? Road bike trip in Croatia and any other country I have not biked the backroads
  • What TV show or movie character would it be the most fun to change places with for a week? Phil Keoghan – host of the Amazing Race; chance to visit all kinds of places in the world and be a part of a competition
  • What would someone be surprised to learn about you? I hate to cook!

Joe Collum, Burke & Herbert Bank
Chair of Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management Board of Trustees

Number of Years on the Committee: 12

How have you benefited from your participation in this committee?
I have benefited from my participation with the strong relationships I have built with the other Trustees, students of the school and the VBA staff. I have built a network of bankers that I can turn to with questions or to exchange ideas. The friendships I have developed are invaluable as well.

Your Media Mix:

  • Favorite Song: Release, Pearl Jam
  • Favorite Podcast: Pardon The Interruption
  • Favorite Book: Seasons, Stephen King
  • Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
  • Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting

Lightning Round Questions:

  • I always start my day with…Peloton
  • Favorite weekend activity: Heading to the beach in our Jeep Wrangler
  • What do you consider your biggest accomplishment - career or otherwise? Raising my stepsons
  • What’s the most-used app on your phone? Keto Diet
  • What is the top thing still left on your bucket list? Great White Shark cage dive

Helen Person, Benchmark Community Bank
Chair of the VBA Marketing Committee

 

Number of Years on the Committee: 3

How have you benefited from your participation in this committee?
It is so easy to work in an organizational vacuum where we focus only on our bank. The VBA Marketing Committee allows me to tap into some of the brightest minds in Virginia’s bank marketing world. The exchange of ideas, perspectives, and best practices among our institutions of varying sizes provides invaluable “A-Ha” moments sparking innovation or letting me know that we’re on the right track.

As our Virginia bankers and society as a whole experienced the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, it was comforting and inspiring to have our weekly Zoom Meetings. Hearing how our organizations were navigating the circumstances, adjusting on the fly, and finding ways to move forward has been both exciting and awe-inspiring. As we move through what we pray is the tail end of the pandemic, I look forward to hearing from our bankers how we anticipate the post-pandemic world will function and our banks within it.

Your Media Mix:

  • Favorite Song: Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby (sacred); Love Shack by the B-52s (sacred for those of us who grew up around Athens, GA)
  • Favorite Podcast: The People’s Podcast (Mike Huckabee) and Newt’s World (Newt Gingrich)
  • Favorite Book: The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan or anything by David Baldacci or Eugenia Price
  • Favorite TV Show: Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders, or Blue Bloods
  • Favorite Movie: Secondhand Lions with Michael Caine, Robert DuVall, and Haley Joel Osment

Lightning Round Questions:

  • What is your secret weapon? A rather disarming sense of humor and the ability to play dumb
  • I always start my day with…Thanking the good Lord for waking me up!
  • I would most like to have lunch with (dead or alive): Teddy Roosevelt
  • Favorite weekend activity: I love to travel and am looking forward to that before too long. Right now, I love to spend my weekends not having to clean or do laundry.
  • If I wasn’t a banker, I would be…a historic site director, a downtown development professional, or professional writer
  • If your life right now were a Netflix show, what would it be called? Tales from the Porch
  • What do you consider your biggest accomplishment - career or otherwise? Being hired by Benchmark! This is my dream job :) Personally, my most thrilling accomplishment – other than becoming a mother and getting her raised – was being a Georgette with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band for four years.
  • How would you spend one million dollars? A lot of “given by a friend” recipients and making sure my husband and I can retire comfortably someday
  • If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest? Tom Selleck
  • What’s the most-used app on your phone? Outlook
  • What is the top thing still left on your bucket list? Going to Alaska
  • What TV show or movie character would it be the most fun to change places with for a week? Iris in The Holiday
  • What would someone be surprised to learn about you? My graduate degree is in historic preservation – and I waited 32 years to go back to school for it!

Amy Stallings, American National Bank & Trust Co.
Chair of the VBA Compliance Committee

Number of Years on the Committee: 5

How have you benefited from your participation in this committee?
Networking with a smart group of peers has been very beneficial. We reach out to one another as issues or questions arise to find out if anyone else has dealt with something similar. It is very helpful!

Your Media Mix:

  • Favorite Song: Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  • Favorite Podcast: Journeys of Faith
  • Favorite Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
  • Favorite Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Lightning Round Questions:

  • I always start my day with…a workout, devotional time, and prayer
  • I would most like to have lunch with (dead or alive): my Grandma
  • Favorite weekend activity: Beachside or poolside
  • What is the top thing still left on your bucket list? To go to Hawaii
  • What would someone be surprised to learn about you? My father retired from over 40 years of banking!