Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
September 23, 2021

Growing Your Career: Pathways from Relationship Specialist to Branch Supervisor

Many people are looking for more than just a job. They’re looking for a career path that offers stability, growth and opportunity. At Grow Financial, our team members join us from all walks of life, with a variety of experiences, backgrounds and skill sets. We all come together around the central mission of serving people, regardless of our specific roles — Relationship Specialists, Loan Resolution Specialists, IT Support professionals, Mortgage Loan Officers and many more. Our team members are encouraged to explore different areas within the credit union and discover new passion areas to grow their careers. We’re focused on promoting from within and cross-training, and our Relationship Specialists learn the ins and outs of many member services, with the ability to advance as they gain new experiences. In fact, many members of our management and leadership teams at Grow started as Relationship Specialists in our stores or in similar roles at other financial institutions. We love nothing more than to see our team members flourish here, growing to new heights personally and professionally.

Let us introduce Tony Pittman, Branch Supervisor at our Gandy location. Tony took the time to share his personal career journey and offer inspiration for anyone interested in learning more about careers with Grow.

Meet Tony Pittman, Branch Supervisor

Tony found Grow when he was looking for a job with purpose. Wanting more from his career than previous jobs had provided, he sought out a role where he could truly make a difference in the lives of the people he interacted with on a daily basis. He didn’t have direct experience with banking, but he had a passion for service, transferable skills, a great attitude and an interest in learning about the financial industry. He joined our South Tampa store team in 2012 as a Relationship Specialist, an entry-level position which provides a personal level of service and connection for our members. Through this role, Tony enjoyed developing an expansive knowledge of financial services, as well as forming personal relationships with our members and other team members. He said, “My job is to serve people, helping them grow and putting them in the best possible position, whether financially or emotionally through human connection. This service mentality is at the heart of our organization.”

Within a short time, Tony was promoted several times, reaching higher levels in our Relationship Specialist role and moving to our St. Petersburg store before becoming Grow’s first “Floating Relationship Specialist” for our west region — a true expert of all things related to serving our credit union members. In 2017, his diligence and excellent work led him to another promotion to the role of Branch Supervisor, back at his original Grow home, our South Tampa store located on Gandy Boulevard.

"You have limitless potential."

- Tony Pittman

In conversation with Tony, he emphasized his personal motto: “You have limitless potential.” He believes career journeys have no limits at Grow, regardless of your background and where you start. Over his time with Grow, he has developed influence in the organization, using his own leadership style and personality to connect with his team, while continually bringing to the table new ideas for us to improve.

“If you join the team ready to work, serve and challenge yourself, you will truly have unlimited potential for new opportunities here. When I joined Grow, I did not know much about the financial industry, but with training and being invested in my job, I was able to learn quickly and grow professionally. This organization is a place where we want team members to get promoted, learn about other areas of the credit union and grow throughout their careers,” Tony said. We couldn’t agree more!

You don’t need to be an expert in the financial industry or have direct banking experience to start in a Relationship Specialist position. If you have a heart for service, keep a positive attitude, embrace diversity and enjoy growing professionally, we’d love to talk with you about growing your career with us.

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