Judy Bond is an AVP/Store Manager for TD Bank. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.
What is your background? "I was born in Charleston, SC, but grew up in Asheville and have been here every since. I have worked in the banking industry in downtown Asheville for 27 years. I've been married 40 years and have two adult sons. One lives here in Asheville and the other is in New Mexico with his wife and two children. I serve as treasurer for the Asheville Area Arts Council, on the Board of Directors for West Buncombe Fireman Association and on the Board for Make-A-Wish."
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? “How to treat customers: treat them well. Be their banker and form a relationship, a partnership, with them.”
What is your favorite quote or motto? “Someone once gave me a sign that said, 'Your job is to make others happy,' and that’s how I see myself."
How did you get involved with United Way? "My husband, Jerry, and I have been United Way leadership givers for more than 20 years. We are committed to United Way and understand how important United Way is to the community. We both know individuals who have been helped by agencies supported by United Way. We also enjoy volunteering and the opportunity to give back.
“Volunteering has been important to me both professionally and personally. As a banker, it is important to be visible in the community, but it is also very, very rewarding. Working for TD Bank makes getting involved easy; TD Bank encourages employees to volunteer and gives us the time to do so.”
When did you join WLC and why? "I jumped at the opportunity to join WLC and did so following an event at Taylor Foss’ home last year. I enjoy getting involved with other women who share a commitment to the community and are supportive of one another. I believe women can accomplish a lot and I’ve enjoyed seeing women leaders, from many industries, come together to volunteer and to socialize – for a cause."
What is the best advice you have ever gotten? "Early in my career, I had the opportunity to get involved in the Bank Management Program and my supervisor at the time told me that I’d never make it as a banker because I wasn’t mean enough. I listened to my supervisor and then worked to prove her wrong. I believe that 99.9% of the time, as a banker, it is important to be kind and maintain a positive relationship with customers – not mean!"
What qualities do you most admire in business professionals? “Those who are committed and accessible to the needs of the community.”
Which qualities do you dislike? “Those who are uninvolved, unwilling to look at opportunities that present themselves and an 'I can’t do anything more' attitude. I believe that people who are uninvolved are missing out on the chance to grow and to meet new people.”
What is the best advice you can offer to young women and young men as they start their careers? “Before embarking on a career, do your research starting as young as middle school or high school. Try to discover what makes you happy and then make that your career.”
What are your top three networking tips?
"Be visible at events – social, networking, and professional development. If you meet someone new, follow up with them. Be yourself."
Each month, we shine a spotlight on a member of Women's Leadership Council. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact Nancy.Craig@UnitedWayABC.org or call (828) 239-1048.