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Steve Hart, area executive with BB&T and a 1986 Beddingfield graduate, will speak at the graduation.
On Thursday afternoon, Steve Hart returned to his desk in the BB&T Twin Towers to find a bumpy, brown paper bag.The bag was full of pecans.His secretary explained it was a Christmas gift from a BB&T customer.
The pecans were just another sign that Hart
doesn't agree with Thomas Wolfe that "You can't go home again."
has been named BB&T's new Wilson city executive.
"To me the, city exec job in Wilson is a dream job," Hart
said."This is the best job in the bank in my opinion."Hart
has filled the position that was handled by Ken Powell for the past nine years.
The Wilson city exec job appealed to Hart
because about 10 percent of the company's employees (about 2,000 people), are stationed in Wilson, where the bank began in 1872.The life insurance division is getting ready to move 50 more here, he
said, as Wilson continues to be key for the bank.
The Wilson city exec job appealed to Hart
on a personal level because Wilson is home for him and his
wife, Holly, and their 13-year-old daughter.
The job is also a story about things coming full-circle.
In 1992, Hart
had nine job offers when he
walked across the stage at Barton College
with a bachelor's degree in business management.
BB&T's offer was the lowest in pay of the nine offers.
ranked the nine offers based on "where do I think I'll enjoy working the most based on the people and the environment?"and, "which company promotes their performers?"Hart
wanted to work for the same organization all his
life.BB&T topped the rankings because it didn't matter who you knew or if you had a degree from Harvard or Yale, he said.
The company rewarded hard work.
Speaking from his
city exec desk, Hart
said obviously he
made the right decision.He
considers himself fortunate that he
made a wise decision as a college graduate instead of taking the highest pay offer at the time.
HOME FROM ATLANTAAbout three years ago, BB&T executive Chris Henson asked Hart to relocate to Atlanta and help him get the new region established.
...At that time, employee turnover in Atlanta was 50 percent. (Now it's one of the company's lowest.) Hart moved to Atlanta and became a BB&T regional retail banking manager.He
oversaw 52 branches with 400 employees and opened 10 new branches each year.
is proud of what was accomplished in Atlanta, he
was happy to move back to Wilson about a month ago.
In Atlanta, it took Hart
1 1/2 hours to drive to the BB&T
office in Buckhead from his
Roswell home, even though it was just 12 miles away.Hart
encountered 16 lanes of traffic.
"I'm gaining three hours of my life back every day," Hart
How long does it take him to drive now from his
Stronwood Drive home to his
window-encased office on the first floor that looks out onto shady Nash Street?About five minutes.
Hart's house here is also within walking distance of Dick's Hot Dog Stand, he
considers himself back in "his
element."He was born in Grifton and has lived in the Wilson County area since he was 6.He
grew up on a farm near Saratoga.
"It taught me work ethic , what I do now is easy compared to what I did on the farm," he
said.He is a 1986 graduate of Beddingfield High School.
After graduation, Hart
took off a year and a half to earn money before he
enrolled in Barton College
way through college managing Burger King restaurants.Hart
worked 50 to 60 hours a week while taking full semester loads at Barton
and keeping a high grade point average.BB&TIn his career at BB&T, Hart has served as a financial analyst in Business Loan Administration; a business services officer in Wilson; a corporate banker for Wilson, Pitt and Lenoir counties and a regional retail banking manager for BB&T's Wilson-based Eastern Region."Steve's experience and career accomplishments make him an excellent choice to serve as our market leader for the Wilson area," Danny Daniels, Eastern Region president, said in a press release.
...Hart has served as president and chairman of the Wilson County United Way, president and board member of the Wilson Education Partnership, president and board member of Flynn Home, board member of Hattie Daniels Day Care Center and board member of the Salvation Army.
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