Title: senior vice president of business services at Virginia Credit Union

Born: 1979 in Richmond

Education: Monacan High School in 1997. “Many of my peers have master’s degrees, but my highest level of formal education is a high school diploma. I have refused to let a lack of a higher education degree limit my growth. I take pride in my achievements and recognize just how fortunate I am.”

Career: “While in high school, I managed a local record store, then progressed to call center management and training. I was a Bank of America branch manager before moving into commercial finance. At Virginia Credit Union, I’ve been able to work with local entrepreneurs.”

In what part of Metro Richmond do you live? Tuckahoe

Best business decision: “Taking a call from a Virginia Credit Union recruiter.”

Mistake you learned most from: “I discovered that taking things at face value too quickly can lead to faulty conclusions. I have learned to step back and rely on data and research to formulate a more complete perspective.”

First job after school: Capital One call center

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I would have pursued college after high school. It is interesting to consider how life would have been different if school had been a higher priority for me. Nevertheless, I remain committed to hard work and believe much of my success can be attributed to my unique story and work ethic.”

Movie that inspired you the most: “Life is Beautiful.” “So tragic but so inspiring. We have to remember to love and take care of each other, to ensure we do not repeat the tragedies of the past.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: “Favorite class was English. Least favorite: math ... go figure.”

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