Feb 18 2022

Q&A with OCBC’s President and CEO, Jeff Ball

Q: In two sentences, give us an overview of your career journey. How did you get from your first professional role to where you are today?
A: I started my professional career in 1982 working as a teller at a community bank during my college breaks as I was trying to decide what career path I wanted to take. That bank provided me with an opportunity to train in all of their departments, which led to a long career in commercial and investment banking at Bank of America and eventually the chartering of my own community bank, which I ran for 16 years before coming here to the Council. I guess you could say that it took me 40 years to decide what career path I wanted to take.

Q:What’s the best piece of leadership advice you’ve received?
A: You have to be positive, love what you do and lead by example. If you are not passionate about what you do, the individuals you are leading will not be passionate about it either.

Q: What aspect of your job excites you out of bed in the morning?
A: I value having the opportunity to work with people —  every person comes with their own unique story and base of experiences, and I enjoy learning about others through day-to-day collaboration.

Q: How do you manage high-pressure situations?
A: Being a CEO requires a lot of multi-tasking and proper time management. I try to focus on the things that I can control and prioritize myself accordingly.

Q: What is your favorite way to unwind after a long week?
A: When you love what you do, it isn’t necessarily unwinding but rather focusing on other activities. I like any opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy the many wonderful recreational and entertainment options we have here in beautiful Orange County. And I love baseball so any opportunity to be on or near a field will always have priority for me.

Q: What is your favorite part about living in Orange County?
A: The weather! Over the last 20 years I have done a lot of traveling all over this great country, primarily for business, and it is not very often that I came home to weather which was worse than where I had just been. I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place with fabulous beaches, amazing food choices and wonderful people who appreciate how unique Orange County is — I am so proud to live and work here!

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