As a young officer in the U.S. Army, Mark Gorius learned the two most important skills to develop were leadership and teamwork.
Today, he’s putting those skills to work as director of operations at RBC Wealth Management – U.S., where he leads a team of 80 people.
“I learned that a successful leader solicits and listens to input from everyone on the team, takes an interest in the lives of colleagues and utilizes team members’ strengths,” Gorius says. “This collaborative approach is just as successful in the corporate world as it is in the military.”
RBC Wealth Management – U.S. Director of Operations Mark Gorius, pictured in uniform top right and bottom left.
At RBC Wealth Management – U.S., there is a strong recognition of the value military veterans and active duty members of the military can bring to an organization, Gorius says.
“I was a civil engineering major in college, which is not a direct path to finance,” he says. “But when I applied to RBC, I was able to start at a manager level because of my military experience.”
Today, the firm is working to recruit more military veterans and active duty members, says Mark Narayan, who heads up the firm’s diversity recruiting efforts. That includes increasing its presence at local hiring fairs such as the Veterans Career Fair hosted by the Minnesota Veterans Employment Services and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
One way RBC Wealth Management – U.S. stands out among employers is through its firm-wide support of employees who serve, as well as employees who don’t serve in the military themselves but have a spouse or partner on active duty or in the reserve, Narayan says.
Andrea Pickerign’s husband is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve who recently returned from a six-month deployment in Jordan and Syria. During her husband’s deployment, Pickerign, who is a client associate at the Stillwater, Minnesota, branch of RBC Wealth Management – U.S., struggled to find emotional support resources, namely for her 7-year-old son who missed his father dearly.
When she noticed another group of RBC employees in Texas had held a fundraiser to support deployed troops there, she reached out to them to ask if they knew of any relevant support systems in Minnesota.
“They were able to get me in touch with an Air Force group based out of Fort Snelling, and through this group I was able to find some events and activities in the area for military children,” Pickerign says.
The firm even backed her when she asked to attend a Yellow Ribbon event in Texas coordinated by her husband’s unit prior to him leaving. “RBC was so supportive,” she says, “they even allowed me to take off work without using PTO.”
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