Forty Under 40: Joe DeJong
Managing director, ESOP Finance, Bankers Trust Co.
Friday, March 17, 2017 6:00 AM
Fun Fact: He is a twin. His grandfather’s company had a two-for-one pen sale the week the twins were born.
Mentor: Mike Coppess, vice president and senior commercial relationship manager, Bankers Trust Co.
One word to describe himself: Conscious
What are your goals in your role at your company?
Currently my goal is to build the ESOP Finance Group within Bankers Trust Co. As we have expanded into a nationwide practice, I want to be known nationally as one of the top providers of financing for companies adopting an ESOP-owned structure and culture.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
Currently I serve as a member of the Orchard Place Foundation Board. Although our goal is ultimately fundraising, I truly believe that it is our responsibility to raise awareness of children’s mental health and inform people of the great work Orchard Place does to drastically improve the lives of children. Once people know the organization’s mission, it is difficult not to support and embrace the organization.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
My biggest passion is being the best role model of a caring father to my two wonderful boys. Teaching them to be “kind always” and to live their life with passion and creativity is truly what my passion is. Anything I can do on a daily basis to help them in their interests and goals is what I am passionate about doing.
What is it that drives you?
I really enjoy the opportunity that Bankers Trust has allowed me to build a new lending group around ESOP-owned companies. Bringing new clients to the bank and being able to watch their businesses grow is what brings satisfaction to my day-to-day job. I also have the true pleasure of working with the best team in our ESOP group, and seeing them enjoy the success of the team is also what makes this job fun.
What are your future aspirations?
I would really like to continue to grow within the leadership ranks in community banking. Ultimately I would welcome the opportunity to lead a commercial bank in this market and continue to build a great team.
Two reasons he’s a Forty:
1. He has effectively developed Bankers Trust’s name in the ESOP finance community.
2. He has a passion for children, demonstrated by involvement in youth sports, coaching and Orchard Place mentoring.
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