‘BBQ with Bankers’ brings together students and Alabama Bankers Association members from local banks for networking and advice

The Sorrel College of Business360 Center hosted bankers from the region to discuss with approximately 80 students from various fields on the realities of the industry and its future prospects.

The BBQ with the Bankers is a long-standing tradition at the College, which began as part of the Banking and Finance program.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for our students to hear from bankers who are actively engaged in the industry and to share with our students the many career opportunities,” said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the College of Business. “This annual event also provides a valuable networking experience for our students, which greatly benefits them when looking for internships and full-time employment. We truly value our relationship with the Alabama Bankers Association and are very proud of the many Sorrell College alumni employed as banking professionals throughout the state of Alabama.

The event is co-hosted by the Alabama Banker’s Association and is sponsored by the local bank by Troy Bank & Trust.

Bank representatives who participated in the event included Brantley Bank & Trust, CCB Community Bank, Community Bank, First Citizens Bank, Southern States Bank and Troy Bank & Trust.

“These events bring students and bankers together to help promote the different career paths in banking,” said Ashley Thomas, director of leadership development at the ABA.

“From lending operations, credit analysts, business development, HR, IT, marketing and compliance, to name a few, banks offer a wide variety of well-paying, scalable and family-friendly career paths. that we simply want to expose to as many students as possible. as possible, so after graduation they might consider banking,” she said.

The 360 ​​Center hosted the event in one of BUS 1110 classrooms as part of its professional development course sequence and was open to all Sorrell students.

“We recommend this event to all Sorrell College students, as bankers consistently share outstanding career success tips that apply to all career fields,” said 360 Center Director Dr. Laura Dove. “It’s also an opportunity to practice communication skills and build a professional network.

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Banker Travis Colquett and others answered questions from students at the Sorrell 360 Center Bankers BBQ, co-hosted by the Alabama Bankers Association. (Photo TROY/Joey Meredith)

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