No goal too big

Nov 19, 2014

As an undergraduate and then a graduate student at California State University, Fullerton majoring in finance, George W. Smith knew he wanted to pursue a career in banking. He had numerous job offers before he graduated, but he chose Bank of America because he could see the opportunity to grow within the company for many years.

Today, with his recent promotion to Bank of America’s National Business Banking Executive, Smith runs the equivalent of two corporations. In addition to overseeing operations in Nevada as Nevada Market President, Smith’s new responsibilities include more than $1.5 billion in revenue and more than 750 associates, the equivalent of running a second company as big as any resort-casino in Las Vegas.

Smith also represents the bank in the community and helps to lead its charitable giving. He’s proud that the bank awarded more than $2 million in grants to nonprofits throughout Southern Nevada and employees volunteered more than 14,600 hours with local organizations last year. Smith himself has strong ties to the community, serving on the board of directors for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Council for a Better Nevada and Three Square Food Bank, among others.

During his tenure with Bank of America, Smith has seen many changes in the banking industry. In particular, over the past 10 years, he says the economic downturn hurt some of the bank’s longtime clients. But he is proud that Bank of America was able to help many of them through the tough times, and bolster both the local and state economies.

When asked what advice he might give young people interested in a banking career, Smith said, “A degree, especially an advanced one, gives you opportunity and opens doors.” He believes those with a higher degree have a greater understanding of the intricacies of business. Smith’s understanding of these complexities has certainly benefitted the more than 30,000 companies his team serves in Southern Nevada.

Outside of work, you might find Smith traveling or dining at his favorite Las Vegas restaurants. He’s also on a personal mission to visit all 32 major league baseball stadiums, with 20 under his belt and the new Yankee Stadium at the top of his list. If Smith’s career is any indication, he’ll be able to achieve this goal and any other he sets his mind to.

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A degree, especially an advanced one, gives you opportunity and opens doors.

George W. Smith
Bank of America