This Marine Keeps Things Running

Meet this Hard Corps Marine and Desert Storm veteran who knows how to check and double-check to keep things running smoothly. This February 19, on National @VetGirlsRise Day, we recognize our women vets here at Berkshire Bank and the nearly 2 million U.S. veteran women across this country, and the immense dedication they show daily.

Teri T. stood on the yellow boots in Parris Island, South Carolina, where Marines are Made, and began her journey through the Marine Corps and on to Berkshire Bank. Here is what she has to tell you about her experience.

Tell us a little about your military background?

My Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was a diesel mechanic in the Marines. So, basically, I worked on anything with tires. I have worked on large trucks and smaller vehicles. While in the Marines, I was part of a team that inspected/diagnosed incoming vehicles for repair and was the Quality Control on all repair work going out. For me, it was an important role; you are making repairs to vehicles that will carry our servicemen and women.

Just one example of the various vehicles Teri worked on.

I attended boot camp at Parris Island, SC., and then was given the Marine Corps travel pass to places like Okinawa, Japan, Camp LeJeune, NC, and Camp Pendleton, CA. Did I mention that I also attained a rifle expert badge?

(No, but thank you for sharing, we will be cautious with our questions.)

Teri receiving her National Defense Service Medal and as a Member of the Marine Corps League

So, what do you do now at Berkshire?

I am the Compliance Auditor.

Why did you decide on this career path?

No one ever wakes up one day and says I am going to be a Compliance Auditor at a Financial Institution. After my military career and selling my business in Las Vegas, NV, I went to work in the accounting field because I had a passion for numbers. With a broad range of knowledge, I started my banking role with the accounting department and had a thirst for learning the intricacies of banking. At that time, the bank president asked me if I wanted to move to the audit department. Being in audit is a rewarding job. Helping anyone move forward with accuracy, independence, and a sense of duty is fulfilling.

Would you recommend this industry to veterans?

I would recommend the banking industry to veterans. Veterans are problem solvers and can be eager to obtain goals and set new ones.

Any advice you would share with veterans trying to forge their path in this business?

Have a goal in mind, revisit your goals annually, and find a solid mentor group.

You rose through the rank — to what do you attribute that success?

Honesty, courage, commitment, and a sense of duty. Adaptability at all levels. Of course, that is the Marine Corps way, adapt and overcome.

Anything else you would like to mention?

Yes, Marines celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday annually on November 10. So, whenever you see a Marine on or near November 10, be sure to wish them a “Happy Birthday.” It means a lot. It also helps distinguish from Veteran’s Day on November 11, where a “thank you for your service.” is more appropriate. Also, for my fellow Veterans that work at Berkshire, a shout out for a job well done, and it is a pleasure working with you.

Teri, thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Teri is a Member of her local Marine Corps League Detachment, a fraternal service organization for veterans of the United States Marine Corps, and the local American Legion Post. She holds officer posts in both organizations.

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