Trevor Hall is the Market Manager of our Lakeside Crossing retail center in Lynchburg. He’s the latest Member One employee to sit down and tell us about his journey into the world of finance, his love of fashion, and the greatest lesson he’s learned.
How long have you been at Member One?
I’ve been with the company since January 3, so it’s coming up on a year soon.
What were you doing before coming to Member One?
I started in the finance industry at Sun Trust Bank as a personal banker. I was offered an opportunity to be the manager of Woodforest National Bank in Altavista where I live, so I decided to take that opportunity. With that job, the hours kind of got to me. They were open seven days a week, including holidays, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving. They were also open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. It was a lot. So I came to Member One to get more of a traditional schedule, and I wanted to learn more in the area of lending.
What’s a typical day like for you at Member One?
It kind of depends on the day. When I arrive in the morning, I check emails and respond to those. I check memberships to see where we are for the month, and then it just depends on how the day goes. I might have to be on the teller line all day, interacting with members, making referrals and teletransactions, opening accounts, and processing loans. That’s usually how the day goes.
Where are you from?
I’m from Altavista, Virginia, born and raised.
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?
This year I went to Puerto Rico. My wife and I stayed at a resort in San Juan. We tried a lot of different food and went to Old San Juan to see the statues and cobblestone buildings. The most exciting part was a boat cruise. It was just me, my wife, and the boat driver. He took us around the bay and ocean to do some sightseeing. The best meal I had was the Chuleta Kan Kan, which is a really big, deep-fried pork chop. It took up two whole plates!
What are you watching right now on Netflix?
My wife has got me hooked on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal at the moment. We’ve been binge watching Grey’s Anatomy and finally got caught up to the new season that’s airing now on TV. It’s like 13 or 14 seasons. We watched all of them in about three months.
Wow. Congratulations are in order. That is quite a commitment.
Yeah. And when my wife’s not in the room, I’ve been watching a show called Black Orphan. That’s been holding my attention lately. That and the third season of Narcos.
If you had to eat only one meal/dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
There’s this restaurant in Lynchburg called La Carreta. If I had to pick one meal to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be their Arroz con Pollo. It’s a chicken, cheese, and rice dish. It’s really good.
You are stranded on an island for an indefinite amount of time. What are three things you’d need to have with you to keep you sane?
My wife, my son, and my cellphone would be good, as long as I got service!
What brought you into the financial services field?
Originally, I was working at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and I had a gentleman offer me a job in banking. He thought my customer service and sales skills were things that would fit the banking industry well. At first, it was just an opportunity to do something new. Once I got into it, I realized that I could actually impact people’s financial wellbeing and help them get out of debt, work on their credit, finance their dream car or dream house, so that’s really the reason I stayed in banking—to help people.
If you could condense the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned into one sentence, what would it be?
“Trust, but verify.”
You’re on death row. What would your final meal be?
Mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, some barbecue ribs, and probably some greens. That would be my last meal.
What’s your favorite movie?
I have two. The first one is The Shawshank Redemption. The second would be Goodfellas.
What was your last road trip?
My son said, “I want to go to the beach,” so we did! We had a three-day weekend, so my wife and I drove down to Myrtle Beach right before school started.
If you could do anything other than what you’re doing right now and be successful at it, what would it be?
I would probably be a high school basketball coach. It’s just finding the time to do it! When you’re a high school coach, you really get to have a positive impact on kids’ lives.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d say probably the ability to see into the future so you could prepare and have a leg up on anyone. You could set your own destiny.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I have two different people. The first one would be Kobe Bryant—he’s my all-time favorite player. The other one would be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It would probably have to be two separate meetings because, with Kobe, I’d probably ask basketball-related things. A meeting with Dr. King would be more of asking what motivated him to be the great leader and trendsetter that he was.
Whom do you admire most?
My parents because of the work ethic that they’ve instilled in me. My dad has always worked two jobs, not because he needed to, but because that was the work ethic he had. And my mom is a Southern Baptist woman who’s always knowledgeable and understanding. I can talk to her about anything I’m going through and know that she won’t judge me. She gives me sound advice. So, a combination of my dad’s work ethic and my mom just being who she is makes me admire them the most.
What is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your résumé?
I’m really into fashion. All facets of it like suits, casual wear, shoes, you name it. I buy way too many clothes.