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Adam West, MBA

What I do now:
I am a banking officer at Progressive Bank in Shreveport, LA who focuses on lending with commercial banking customers. I am also able to help all consumer customers with all banking needs including opening and maintaining accounts, and helping those customers with financing options.

My work/job consists of:
My focus is building relationships with my customers through superior customer service. I am always working to find ways to meet my customer's needs and working to show potential customers of the service we can provide at Progressive Bank.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I initially obtained a B.S. in Biology from LSU in Baton Rouge. After working in the healthcare industry, I decided to change my career path and enrolled in the Online MBA program at LSUS while still working at a local hospital in Shreveport. Shortly after that I began working at a finance company where I continued working while taking MBA classes. After working at that company for a year, I interviewed with Progressive Bank and have been employed here for two years. The first year I was a credit analyst, and then made the transition to a lending position. All of these career moves began with my decision to enroll in the MBA program.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I am a Shreveport native who was working here after graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge. I wanted to be able to work in the finance industry while I was studying for my MBA. The local online program allowed me to learn new material while working in the finance industry, and it was a perfect fit for me.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I enjoyed learning the new material more than anything. Because I was in the online program I did not spend a large amount of time on campus, but I most enjoyed the business curriculum.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
My favorite class was taught by Dr. Michael Meeks. He was a helpful instructor with decades of experience in his field. We have only met once since I finished his class, but he was definitely my favorite professor because the students could tell that he truly enjoyed teaching others about leadership.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
The position I currently hold was the goal I had in mind when I began the program in the fall of 2015. The Online MBA program at LSUS was the foundation and springboard to help my career change, and lead me to my current position in the banking industry.

Advice to college-bound students:
Truly evaluate what it is you see yourself doing in two years, five years, ten years, etc. and work diligently to make intentional steps toward those benchmarks. Those benchmarks are likely to change over time, so re-evaluate every year and adjust when necessary. You can take it from me that it is never too late to make a change, even if you don't realize it until after you already have a degree!

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
The banking industry is at the crossroads of finance and service. Bankers must be knowledgeable about financial products and simultaneously be responsible to help customers understand those products. A service mindset to people and community are what makes the financial work the most enjoyable.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
There is no need to rush into a major, and there is not a problem in decided to change a major. People change over time, and making changes while decided a career is perfectly fine. Evaluate your contentment at the beginning of each semester to make sure you are doing what you enjoy, and do your best to talk to professionals in the field that interests you. They will be your best resource.

My toughest professional challenge:
My toughest professional challenge has been the decision to change my career path from healthcare to finance. It was a difficult choice, but it was one that has changed my life for the better.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
I consider my bachelor's and master's degrees to be the highest honors that I have received. Especially my MBA from LSUS when I received Summa Cum Laude honors!

I've learned this from life:
I've learned that serving others is the greatest calling one can have. Once you find a way for your profession to allow you to serve others, you can truly become successful. The level of your success will be determined by the amount of people you are able to serve.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
If I had all of the time in world I would be outdoors. This includes taking my dog for walks with my wife, working around my house, and traveling to all sorts of areas. I can enjoy time relaxing on the beach as much as snow skiing or hiking. My happiest times are spent outside.

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