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On the Job with Jimmy Wilson

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

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

A. Prepare a good resume, research the Internet and seek advice from individuals in the job field that I'm looking for.

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

A. A car payment, new clothes for my job and I'm sure hunting clothes too.

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

A. Show an interest and appreciation for their work and provide a good ear for listening to their concerns, not only work related, but personal too.

Q. What was your first job?

A. My first real job, out of college was with the Federal Land Bank in Dawson. Summer jobs are too numerous to mention, but range from construction to pollinating seed corn.

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

A. Without question, it's mom and dad. They raised me with good moral values and instilled in me a work ethic that was demonstrated by both of them on a daily basis. Thanks mom and dad.

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

A. Take nothing for granted, appreciate the job you have and work hard every day to make your company a success.

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. Automated phone systems. I really like talking to a person.

Q. What is your favorite work-related gadget?

A. My digital finger print access to PC systems.

Q. Every day I read?

A. E-mails mostly, The Albany Herald, AJC and WALB.com.

Q.. I'm up and going by?

A. 6 a.m. each day.

Q. Favorite hobby or activity outside work?

A. Hunting, fishing and golf.

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

A. Being that I'm a banker, never release collateral or a guarantor.

Q. Best thing about your job.

A. Satisfaction of helping people obtain their personal and business goals.

Q. Worst thing about your job?

A. Having to tell someone no, you can't have it.

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

A. Accounting.

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

A. Timber farming.

Q. Have you ever used an algebra formula or had to reference an important date from history in the course of your career?

A. Wow, not that I can remember.

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

A. On the beach.

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

A. Character.

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

A. Eighteen months for a full swing recovery.