Banking on Tomorrow: Rising Stars of Triad Business Bank
Q&A Series: Bridget Bacelli

 

Triad Business Bank is proud to introduce a dynamic team of young banking professionals, each with their own inspiring journey and unique perspectives. This Q&A series will highlight the stories of these young bankers as they share their industry experiences, professional insights, and future aspirations.

This installment in our Young Bankers series features Bridget Bacelli, a dedicated member of the Triad Business Bank team. Originally from Jamestown, NC, Bridget’s journey into the banking industry began with a supportive mentor who guided her to an opportunity at Triad Business Bank. Starting as a credit analyst, she eventually joined the Treasury team, where she has built valuable relationships and made significant contributions.

 

Q: Where are you from originally?
Bridget: Jamestown, NC

 Q: Can you tell us about your journey into the banking industry and what inspired you to pursue a career in finance?
Bridget:
My mentor notified me of a potential opening at her De Novo, Triad Business Bank. I jumped at the opportunity to become her credit analyst, felt the culture of support at the company, and decided that the banking industry was the right place for me.

 Q: How did you get your start in the industry?
Bridget: I started out as a credit analyst and eventually found my way to the Treasury team.

 Q: What do you find most rewarding about working in the banking industry, especially as a young professional?
Bridget:
I think the relationships I’ve built have been the most rewarding aspect of working at Triad Business Bank. Knowing I can count on my team and having clients that trust and count on all of us feels like a gift.

 Q: Can you share any memorable experiences or lessons learned during your time in the banking industry so far?
Bridget: Give yourself time –  we live in a fast-paced world that makes it easy to make quick decisions. Sometimes we just need time to think things through thoroughly and adjust accordingly.

 Q: Are there any individuals who have been influential during your career?
Bridget:
Amalie Harvell, Hollie Shelton, Charita Wall, and my Treasury team at Triad Business Bank have all been imperative in my career development. I can’t thank these individuals enough for all the professional guidance and support they have given me throughout the years.

 Q: What role do you think community involvement plays in the success of a young banker, and how have you been involved in your local community?
Bridget:
Relationships are the core of banking. Being involved in your community helps build those relationships.

 Q: What are some challenges or obstacles you feel you have faced as a young person in the banking industry, and how did you overcome those?
Bridget:
It can be intimidating to be a young professional in a room full of seasoned professionals. I’ve found that being vulnerable and really leaning into my lack of experience is the best way to overcome this – It’s not beneficial to ”fake it till you make it”! Instead, ask questions and try to gain as much knowledge as possible from my more experienced peers. I’m here to grow and grateful to learn something new every day!

 Q: Where do you see the banking industry headed in the future? What are some trends you’ve noticed?
Bridget:
Technology continues to develop and grow; Fintech becomes more and more popular, and customers demand more up-to-date and user-friendly treasury products to keep up with competitors. Meanwhile, security remains a high priority as fraudsters continue to develop their techniques. Although the changes in technology seem to be trending towards more self-servicing features, I think that having a local team that understands your business and knows your name will always be invaluable.

 Q: How can the industry as a whole better recruit and retain young talent?
Bridget:
I think companies that offer competitive salary, benefits, and paid time off policies, as well as flexible work arrangements, such as remote capabilities, are more enticing to young professionals, as we tend to value more mutually beneficial relationships and healthy work-life balances within our careers.

 Q: What is your 5-year plan as a young banker in the Triad?
Bridget:
I plan to continue to develop and grow my career at Triad Business Bank, learning as much as I can in the process!

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