I was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria, and returned to the UK for a master’s degree. After graduating, I worked for a financial services firm in the UK before moving to Goldman Sachs in 2010 in Salt Lake City.
I am a leader on the Loan Servicing and Collections team within the firm’s Consumer and Commercial Banking Division. Our group does three key things. First, we help make sure that we deliver on our obligations to consumers. Next, we’re collection experts, so we work with consumers having difficulty making payments on their loans. Sometimes our clients are in a tight spot, so we help them work through that. And finally, we bring our expertise to new products or processes, whether that’s a new site or a new workflow.
My manager offered me an opportunity I might never have thought of myself. It’s one of the things I appreciate about working here, how supportive management is of new opportunities. I started out working in derivatives, which built on my prior experience at another firm. After I had a chance to work hard and prove myself, my managers encouraged me to take on a new challenge: consumer lending. I’d never worked in the consumer lending industry, but with the support of my managing director and other managers, I was able to begin leading new initiatives.
Diversity is a priority for the firm. We push hard to hire people from different backgrounds. I myself am a great example. My BA degree is in English, which isn’t the typical path into a financial firm, but because I’d worked in another major financial firm and had experience in derivatives, Goldman Sachs offered me the job. The firm knows that the only way we can create unique solutions to meet the needs of clients around the world is to have diversity of thought.
I’m active in the firm’s Black Network. My involvement in the network allows me to hone in on my passion to help attract and retain black talent in Salt Lake City. Moving to this area has been a really positive experience for me, so I believe it’s my duty to help others build their own lives here. I usually mentor 2-3 of my colleagues at a time. The more senior I get in my career, the more responsibility I feel to give back to others. People have given me so much, and I want to pass it on.
My advice for new or potential employees is to show that you can learn new things quickly. The firm offers roles and opportunities for people across all walks of life, even if you don’t have a background in finance. Ahead of your interview, read up on the division and relevant industry trends. If you’re a new team member, take the time to build upon your knowledge. Your questions on day six should be more involved than your questions on day one.
Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my wife and daughter. In the summer, we like to hike. Living in Salt Lake City makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. In winter, I tend to watch TV to relax. Game of Thrones is an all-time favorite. I also just finished watching The Man in the High Castle, an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel.