20 under 40: Bob Connors
Published: November 30, 2012
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Bob Connors give 100 percent— always and he tries not to take life too seriously. Because of these philosophies he has excelled at growing relationships and building trust. As branch manager of Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank, he oversees all branch activities and works with the Keystone Industrial Park (KIP) team to establish a positive, fun place to work and bank.
“The good part to my day is helping to grow the customers and staff at the KIP branch, without them I would be lost. Meeting new people and getting to know who they are in order to help them in any way I can is one of my favorite parts of my job,” he says. “Fidelity gave me the chance to work for them almost five years ago and I am very grateful for that. As with any good opportunity, I do everything and anything I can to perform to the best of my ability.”
He has had many great mentors and leaders during these five years that have steered him along the right path and helped him grow into the person he is today. “What motivates me is helping people. I feel that if you are respectful and treat everyone the way you want to be treated, people will naturally trust you,” he says.
He advises to “get involved. Don’t just expect great things will happen — make them happen. Carpe diem,” he says.
His parents, first and foremost, are his mentors. In banking, he is grateful to Sue Colborn, Keith Swartwood, and Michelle Carr at Fidelity.” “I couldn’t have asked for better supervisors to work under during my first four years with the bank. I have learned skills from them that I will take with me forever,” he says.
His sister, Michelle, a resident of St Joseph’s Center, has taught him to always stay strong and be positive. “She has battled through everything life has sent her way and is the strongest person in the world,” he said. His brothers, Andrew and Steve, are his best friends and are always there for him.