On Tuesday, October 31,
First Commonwealth President Jane Grebenc and First Commonwealth Sales
Effective Coach Chris Adams ’91 came to visit IUP’s Student Managed
Investment Portfolio (SMIP) to discuss what it is like to work for a publicly
traded company headquartered here in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Grebenc and Adams
have more than 50 combined years of financial services experience.
Grebenc and Adams both are highly educated
with their MBAs from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of
Management and Pittsburgh University Katz School of Business. Leading up to
their inception with First Commonwealth Bank, they both worked in other
financial providers throughout the country and now help run Pennsylvania’s sixth-largest bank. Grebenc stays busy by covering over 140 branches in the Pennsylvania
area, as well as the Ohio market. Adams covers 128 financial centers throughout
the Pennsylvania area. Both were kind to take time out of their hectic
schedules to contribute information and conversation with SMIP students.
Both emphasized the imperative efforts you must exert
towards your career to ensure success. Adams said, “Invest in yourself.
Build a brand that you can be proud of and that others remember.” He also said,
“Take on new challenges, and it is okay to be uncomfortable throughout your
career. This means you are able to learn something new and eventually use that
as a positive experience.”
Grebenc and Adams are both committed to client and
teammate success and continue to contribute to their team at First Commonwealth
Bank and throughout their communities and the university.
SMIP currently manages more than $1.6 million in the US stock market and gives students an educational experience to network, learn, and ensure they are prepared to enter the finance industry following graduation from IUP. Pictured (from left): Ben Putnam, SMIP Portfolio Manager; Mitchell O’Shell, SMIP Chief Investment Officer; Jane Grebenc, First Commonwealth Bank President; Chris Adams, First Commonwealth Bank Sales Effective Coach; Jenny Vietmeier, SMIP Johnson & Johnson Analyst
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