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

BBQ with Bankers brings together students and Alabama bankers once a semester for networking and learning.

BBQ with Bankers brings together students and Alabama bankers once a semester for networking and learning.

The Sorrell College of Business’ 360 Center hosted area bankers to talk to about 80 students in a variety of majors about the realities of the industry and its prospects for the future.

Barbeque with Bankers is a long-standing tradition in the College, having been started as part of the banking and finance program.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students to hear from bankers actively engaged in the industry and share with our students about the many career opportunities,” said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the College of Business. “This annual event also provides valuable networking experience for our students, which benefits them greatly as they search for internships and full-time employment. We truly value our relationship with the Alabama Bankers Association and are so very proud of the many successful 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 locally bank-sponsored by Troy Bank & Trust.

Bank representatives who took part 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 the banking industry,” said Ashley Thomas, director of Leadership Development at the ABA.

“From loan operations, credit analysts, business development, HR, IT, marketing and compliance, just to name a few, banks offer a wide variety of well compensated, evolving, family friendly career paths that we just want to expose to as many students as possible so upon graduation, maybe they will consider banking,” she said.

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

“We recommend this event for all students in the Sorrell College because the bankers consistently share outstanding advice on career success that’s applicable in any career field,” said 360 Center Director Dr. Laura Dove. “It’s also an opportunity to practice communication skills and build a professional network.”

For a glimpse of the day, visit our gallery here.

Banker Travis Colquett and others took questions from students during the Sorrell 360 Center's BBQ with Bankers, co-hosted by the Alabama Bankers Association. (TROY photo/Joey Meredith)
Banker Travis Colquett and others took questions from students during the Sorrell 360 Center’s BBQ with Bankers, co-hosted by the Alabama Bankers Association. (TROY photo/Joey Meredith)
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