Congratulations to GradFin’s new Senior Vice President of Business Development – George Walters. To understand what this promotion means for George and GradFin, we conducted a short Q&A to learn more about him and his new role.
Q: How will this promotion impact your influence on GradFin?
A: Promotions generally come with greater responsibility and a heavier weight to help the company succeed, and I look forward to the challenge. My focus will remain in business development, helping our team hit their goals both professionally and personally. I’m also pretty creative and have always been attracted to advertising and marketing, so I’ll be adding some value within our marketing team as well.
Q: How has the company changed since you first started working as Director of Business Development?
A: Well for starters we’ve probably hired 12 or so new faces. It’s exciting to work with people who are just as passionate about their careers as I am, and I think that’s why we’ve had so much success over the years.
Q: As GradFin continues to grow, where do you see this company in the next 5 years?
A: The landscape of our industry is so vast that growth is limitless. The foundation of GradFin was built upon Student Loan advice and strategy, and that will never change. But where I see major growth and development is within our newer products & services; Mortgage, Credit Card and Auto Refinancing.
Q: COVID-19 has impacted businesses across the globe. How has GradFin been affected, and what has the company done to adapt?
A: It certainly has, and I’m thankful our company has adjusted without skipping a beat. It’s been difficult not being able to work with my colleagues everyday in the office, but working from home has it’s advantages as well. I’m a new(ish) dad, so it’s been great to have more family time with my wife and son. However, I can’t wait to get back to the office with my team.
Q: What advice do you have for young professionals with ambition for leadership roles in the corporate world?
A: Without sounding too cliche – work harder than your competition.