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On the Job with ... M. Scott Tomlinson

Photo by Barry Levine

Photo by Barry Levine

"On the Job With ..." is a weekly feature of Sunday Inc. Today's feature is on Scott Tomlinson, president of Flint Community Bank.

Q. If you were a young adult fresh out of college, what would you do first in searching for a job?

A. Fresh out of college, I would start in job sectors where I had a passion for or involving something I would enjoy doing. I would make a point to visit the businesses in person and make a positive impression on whoever took my application/resume, no matter what position they held with the prospective employer.

Q. What was the first thing you spent money on when you received your first ever paycheck?

A. My first paycheck was so long ago, I really do not remember exactly how I spent it, but probably to pay bills.

Q. What's the single most effective technique you found over the past two years for keeping employees motivated?

A. I have found that if you truly care about employees beyond what they do for you at your business, they will want to excel and do more than expected.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I had numerous jobs during high school and throughout college, but my first career job was in banking.

Q. What led you to your current position? Why did you want to operate your own business?

A. I had been in banking for some 25 years and had worked in virtually every area of this industry. I saw the need for additional local presence with local influence and was motivated to originate Flint Community Bank.

Q. Do you have a role model or mentor in your career?

A. I have several role models and mentors -- the most important one being Jesus Christ, who taught and exemplified servant leadership. Beyond him, the most important ones are my parents, who have always taught honesty and work ethic.

Q. What is the biggest lesson you as a business leader learned from the recent recession?

A. Biggest lesson from the recent recession is to be more fiscally conservative. From every individual to large corporate businesses, calculated growth is always better than growth based on current conditions, which do not necessarily represent a sustainable pattern.

Q. If you could turn the clock back on one aspect of technology - examples e-mail, automated phone systems, cell phones, PDAs, etc. - what would you most like to see go away?

A. The cell phone is vital to everyday life now, both business and pleasure, but it sure seems to steal a lot of time out of each day, which is equally vital.

Q. What is your favorite work-related gadget?

A. My PC.

Q. What was the last book you read? Do you have things you read daily or regularly?

A. On a daily basis, I read numerous industry-related publications, mostly online, and the Bible.

Q. I'm up and going by? And what is your morning routine?

A. I am up and going by 6 a.m.. I enjoy getting the twins up and going through breakfast before turning them over to Patti and getting to work by 8.

Q. Favorite hobbies or activity outside work?

A. I enjoy spending time with all of my family, music, any outdoor activity and am a sports car enthusiast.

Q. If you could take back one business decision you made in your career, what would it be?

A. If I had it to do over again, I would serve my country in the military before starting any other career. I believe that way not only fulfills duty, but teaches valuable life lessons.

Q. Best thing about your job?

A. Best thing about my job is being blessed to work with a fantastic team of people.

Q. Worst thing about your job?

A. Worst thing about my job is making tough decisions that sometimes negatively affect the lives of the team I work with.

Q. The most beneficial course I took in school was?

A. Management information systems.

Q. What would be your dream job if you were able to pick a position outside your current career path?

A. My dream job outside of my career path would be to work in full-time ministry, and speculate with sports cars on the side.

Q. Finish this thought: "On the first anniversary of my retirement, I see myself ...

A. I see myself spending lots of time with my future grandchildren.

Q. What is the one trait a strong business leader cannot afford to be without?

A. The ability to do the right thing and make the hard calls, no matter the ensuing fallout.

Q. Crystal ball time: What's your call on when the economic recovery for our area will be in full swing?

A. My call on the full swing economic recovery for our area is probably between five and seven years.

Q. What kind of music might I find on your list of most played on your iPod?

A. Most played would be Christian contemporary, some pop and some rock.

Q. What do you think is the biggest change Albany will see in the next 10 years?

A. The biggest change that Albany could see in the next 10 years is consolidation of companies in every sector.

Q. What was the best vacation you've ever taken? Why?

A. Last year we took all of the grown children and their spouses to the mountains. It was a unique opportunity to spend extended quality time with our older children that normally gets eaten up by the 8-year-old twins.