November 1, 2017

Networking Know-How

Know your Goal

Most networking events may last two to four hours. Do the math - you might not have enough time to approach everyone, much less connect with them. Set a goal to be brief with your elevator pitch, and treat the event as you would treat your own business. You are there to make initial connections to help grow your business, NOT to make the sale! Acknowledge people you already know (you could always connect with them afterward) and focus on meeting new people! You may not get a chance to meet that special person or potential client again.

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What’s new in your life? A new job or promotion? A new baby? A new marriage? A new accomplishment? Your classmates want to know and so does the Merage School. Post your news today.

Steve Thompson, EMBA ’97, has been promoted to president of PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital company and $15 billion national residential lender. In his new role as president, Thompson, who previously served as PrimeLending’s Executive Vice President of National Production, will continue to lead the company’s 1,300-plus loan originators nationwide, as well as taking on responsibility for national operations, capital markets, joint ventures and marketing. News release.


Lindsay Lawrence, FEMBA ’11, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of First Foundation Bank. She previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer. In her roles with First Foundation Bank, she has overseen bank operations and the significant deposit growth over the last two years. She was also responsible for the expansion of the retail branches, launch of the specialty deposits group as well as building out the teams focused on treasury management and digital delivery. Article.




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