Leadership Delaware County '23
Name: Jason Burke
Hometown: Havertown, PA
Company: Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
Position: AVP/ Branch Manager
Length of time you have been with you company: 11 Years
Briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way. - I began my career in banking 11 years ago as a management trainee. I had a degree in management but no banking or real leadership experience. I quickly jumped into the fire, learned as much as I could, and remained positive as I grew and welcomed the challenges of leading a team in a new career.
How did you hear about LDC and why did you sign up to take part in it? – Several colleagues have graduated from the program and have expressed how impactful the experience was. I was very excited to have the opportunity to enroll in the class so I could continue to grow myself and those around me.
What inspires you? How does that inspiration play into your professional life – I am inspired by helping others, making a difference in their lives, and helping other team members achieve the success they envision for themselves. Because of this, I try to ask myself “how can I help you?” in every interaction. It is a joy to be able to watch someone I have coached reach the next level.
Briefly, describe a transformative moment that helped to shift your approach to your career. I originally did not see the “big picture” of my career. However, As I went through training, and began to see what a great company I work for as well as the opportunities that lie before me if I put the work in, I changed my mindset.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most? I admire those who have the ability to look at a situation and try to discover what they can do to solve an issue rather than what they can’t do. In most situations, there is usually something that can be done to arrive at a resolution.
What has been the most valuable professional advice and/or lesson you’ve received. A long time ago, my father taught me a few things. The first was you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, but never let anyone outwork you. This has molded my work ethic and has enabled me to push through the difficult times to continue moving forward. The second lesson was that you should always surround yourself with individuals you can learn from. In life we never stop learning and continued growth is the key to success.