FirstBank believes there’s unity in diversity. In February, we observe Black History Month by recognizing and celebrating some of FirstBank’s strongest Black and African American leaders.

Today, we’re featuring Assistant Vice President of Aurora, Greg Shields.

Hometown:  Aurora, CO

Years at FirstBank: 7 years

Other positions held with organizations/boards:

Aurora YMCA – Board Chair

Community Housing Partners – Treasurer/Secretary

Describe your experience in getting to where you are today.

I went to school with the intention of going into marketing. However, that changed when I learned about FirstBank’s internship program. After my first year as an intern, I decided to come back during my senior year to work in the Northern Colorado Market. I would have never imagined myself as a loan officer, but I have gotten more from this job than I could have ever predicted.

I would not be where I am today without the strong foundation laid by my parents, a strong support system, and access to a good education.

How has FirstBank’s companywide philosophy of “banking for good” impacted your life and your career?

From an early age, I have been a huge proponent of “if you do right by others, then others will do right by you.” I wanted to work for an ethical company whose core values align with mine – I found that in FirstBank. I believe that everything we do in life should be with a good heart and with good intention. “Banking for good” embodies what our employees stand for, which is why I am grateful to work for FirstBank.

What is the best career advice you have for the next generation of leaders? What would you tell someone just starting out? 

My best advice to someone starting out is to soak up as much information as possible. Every experience you embark on can be fruitful. If your first job is not exactly what you want to do, approach it as an opportunity to learn and grow. If your job becomes too comfortable or easy, you should take a long look in the mirror, reevaluate what you are doing and ask yourself if it’s right for you.

Considering February is Black History Month, which historical figure/s would you most like to meet and why?

Martin Luther King, Jr.– I want to learn more about how he continued to be peaceful in a time full of turmoil and how he orchestrated one of the largest marches in American history.

Maya Angelou – I want to speak with one of the most influential black female authors in our history to learn about where she gained her motivation and inspiration.

Malcolm X – I would like to know what he thinks of being labeled as one of the most radical and violent activists of his time.

Rosa Parks – I want to tell her how far we have come as a society due to her actions and learn more about what was going through her mind the day she stood up for her rights by taking a seat.

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