Joe Fazio is the Co-Founder and CEO of Commerce State Bank, a community bank that has grown rapidly. Joe’s led a wide-ranging career, that did not start on a track toward banking. He started in sales with the IBM Corporation and subsequently worked in Trust Management, General Management and Business Development positions. He also became the CEO of a technology start-up company. In 2017, Joe was named the Community Banker of the Year by the Independent Community Bankers of America. In addition to his role at the bank, Joe is a Director at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and the author of “This Might be a Dumb Question, but How Does Money Work”, a hugely successful book about the ins and outs of money.
Mike and Joe cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including the power of the Rule of 72, the challenging question a client posed to him early in his career that changed his thinking about the future, why he loves the work of creating strategy and direction in a company, how he thinks about WOWing his clients and his unique approach to networking, which he considers to be one of the key activities to building your company and your personal brand. Joe is an authentic & introspective leader and rainmaker. You’re in for a treat.
And now here’s Joe Fazio.
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