Name: Nick Giusti
Hometown: West Grove, PA
Company: LPL Financial
Position: Branch Operations Manager
Length of time you have been with you company: 7 Months
Briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way. Graduated from Cabrini in 2015, struggled to find full time work my first year out of college. Balanced 3 jobs trying to make ends meet. Finally found a full time position at a mortgage company but was laid off within 2 months, was unemployed for roughly 4 months but got an entry level position at GeoBlue, an international health insurance company. Worked my way up and within 3 years became a Business Analyst. After almost 5 years I was ready for more, was offered a position in the finance world at Commonwealth Trust Company, I loved the environment but was not feeling fulfilled in my role, was then approached by my friend and now boss Mike Brady about coming over to LPL to work for him.
How did you hear about LDC and why did you sign up to take part in it? Mike Brady told me about it, it seemed like a great fit to grow and enhance my leadership skills.
What inspires you? How does that inspiration play into your professional life? My family and friends are huge inspirations in my life. They motivate me every day to be my best self and contribute any way I can to both society and my company.
Briefly, describe a transformative moment that helped to shift your approach to your career. Being laid off after only 2 months of my first full time job. It was tough at first but it motivated me to work hard and really understand that nothing is ever guaranteed. That was a pivotal moment in my career because I knew that if I could get my foot in the door at another company, I wouldn't become a budget cut again. And it paid off, GeoBlue had layoffs during my third year there and I can proudly say I was not one of the employees that unfortunately was let go.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most? Why? Jalen Hurts (obviously), Albert Einstein, Erika Nardini are my top three. All three are outside the box thinkers, they take (took in Einstein's case) complex problems and simplify them which is one of our core values here at LPL. In my opinion, all three can be classified as leaders, thinkers, and doers. And those are the people that I really want to mold myself after because they can contribute to society in so many different ways.
What has been the most valuable professional advice and/or lesson you’ve received. Any job you hold, whether it's white collar or blue collar, entry level or executive, holding yourself accountable and treating the people you interact with with respect is extremely important. I also coach a high school hockey team and accountability is something we preach non-stop. You cannot hold others accountable (being in a management position) unless you can hold yourself accountable.