Desktop computers were new when Tani Girton unlocked the mystery of how to send information using the new device, sending information from Portland to the EDS’s Government Services Division in Bethesda, Maryland.
“I was rewarded with a job that ignited my interest in financial analysis and set me on a path to business school and the financial services industry,” she said. “I dove into every aspect of finance, including asset/liability management, investment portfolio management and capital markets.”
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: In the very early days of desktop computers, I figured out how to transmit information from a PC in Portland, Ore., to EDS’ Government Services Division headquarters in Bethesda, Md. I was rewarded with a job that ignited my interest in financial analysis and set me on a path to business school and the financial services industry. I dove into every aspect of finance, including asset/liability management, investment portfolio management and capital markets.
I mentored many successful professionals along the way and discovered another passion — leadership development. I taught finance at San Francisco State University, was a founding manager of Charles Schwab Bank and Treasurer of Bank of the West prior to becoming chief financial officer for Bank of Marin.
EDUCATION: B.A., international affairs, Lewis and Clark College; MBA, finance, San Francisco State University.
STAFF: Finance and accounting, 12; compliance, five; internal audit, two.
Bank of Marin is a growing commercial and community bank known for its consistent high performance and excellent credit quality. With its unwavering emphasis on long-term relationship banking and strong core deposits, the bank plays an important role in the communities it serves. The spirit of collaboration and focus on strategy that permeates Bank of Marin has enabled me to expand my leadership capabilities and contribute my finance and systems expertise to a variety of initiatives, which is very gratifying personally.
Giving back is also part of the bank’s fabric, and employees can be found volunteering every day at local events, on nonprofit boards and delivering services to those in need. I serve on the board of directors for Professional BusinessWomen of California and volunteer in classrooms with Junior Achievement to bring financial literacy to underserved K–12 school children.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO
I was a keynote speaker at the 26th annual Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference. I shared with 6,000 participants the importance of honest feedback in building a professional brand and how active listening and honest speaking will forge pathways for all women to gender equity in the workplace.
WHAT IS THE ACHIEVEMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I co-founded the Women’s Connection in 2009, a grass roots organization that supports the personal and professional growth of employees through coaching, education and networking. That organization grew to encompass nine geographic councils, 30 events a year, successful partnerships with multiple non-profit organizations and the participation and membership of over 500 people.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY?
In this economic environment of prolonged low interest rates and increased regulation, growth is important to banks. However, GDP growth is moderate at best. Expected loan growth must be achieved without compromising our values, and sometimes the competition requires us to pass on deals that don’t make sense. While we would like to grow faster, we know that our discipline will pay off as the inevitable business cycles roll around.
Executive vice president and chief financial officer
Bank of Marin
504 Redwood Blvd., Ste. 100, Novato, CA 94947