PowerPlayer: Joseph MarcAurele
Monday, April 18, 2011
1) You've been at the helm of Washington Trust for nearly a year, now. What's it been like steering a financial ship during one of the worst financial years in Rhode Island's history?
This has been a challenging year, however, Washington Trust has performed very well. I would attribute that performance to the outstanding people who work here and their dedication to the company and customer service.
2) Take us through a day in your life.
My days are pretty full. I spend most of my time in meetings, with employees, customers and the investment community. After hours, are spent working with non-profit groups that I am involved with and relaxing with my wife, Meredith.
To some extent. It is important to be conscious of how you treat people. Being respectful matters. People notice impolite behavior.
4) What's the most difficult/disappointing part of your job?
I am very rarely disappointed about my job. I am, at times, disappointed in myself when I miss things that I should have seen, or don’t take advantage of opportunities.
5) If you could change one thing about the state, what would it be?
I would like people to be less negative and more grateful for the wonderful lifestyle available in Rhode Island.
6) Tell us something nobody knows about you?
I am less confident and self-assured than I appear. I have as much concern and self-doubt as anyone.
Role Model: Several teachers and coaches, but mostly my father. He was a very nice man and always supportive.
Favorite Restaurant: Jim’s Dock in Jerusalem.
Best Beach: East Matunuck State Beach.
Advice For The Next Joe MarcAurele: Work hard and don’t change Washington Trust too much. It’s a great company. And don’t take yourself too seriously.
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