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Eileen Holmes – Best 50 Women in Business

Eileen Holmes

Education: American Institute of Banking; Center for Financial Studies
Job responsibility: Senior retail officer
Company description: Commercial bank
Primary…Education: American Institute of Banking; Center for Financial Studies
Job responsibility: Senior retail officer
Company description: Commercial bank
Primary professional/community affiliations: American Cancer Society; Children of the City; Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow; Camp Brooklyn; Rotary International; Dress for Success
Who is your most influential role model? Diane Sherry, my first mentor and sponsor. Diane led by example and had the intuition to make wise and courageous decisions. She believed my capabilities were endless, and gave me the opportunities to be all I am today.
When is it appropriate to text in business? “Never” should be the answer, but realistically it has proven to be an effective communication tool. With just a few characters, we can quickly address a situation, solve a problem or simply assure someone all is well and that you’ve got it.
What would you give New Jersey for its 350th birthday? One hundred years of hurricane-free weather.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier in your career? To trust and believe that, as women, we can have it all. We spent too many years feeling guilty that somehow our focus on being professionally successful would tip our roles as friends, partners, spouses, daughters and mothers out of balance. After all is said and done, I do have it all: a wonderful husband of 35 years, an amazing son, a beautiful daughter-in-law and a job I absolutely love.
The women will be honored at an event March 24 at The Palace at Somerset Park. For more details, click here or please contact Melissa Sullenberger at melissas@njbiz.com or call her at 732-246-5737.

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