What’s next?

Jay Lucas

Credit Review

March 16, 2016

As a 20 year banking professional, I found myself in the midst of another merger and acquisition. Only this time my job was to assist in the sale of virtually all of my banks’ assets “De-banking”.  As 2015 was coming to a close the reality sets in that you are in essence successfully working yourself out of a job.  That’s okay; because that is the role that I accepted and as it turned out I was actually pretty good at it. But what’s next?  People have often asked me how I was able to accomplish the task put before me and I have always had a very simple answer.  “I am surrounded by some of the most amazing professionals in my industry and everyone has a job and performs it with excellence.”

So, I set out talking with a large number of my peers; bankers, lawyers and various Bankers Associations, with the intention of finding a dynamic group of professionals that performs with excellence, when I was directed to Porter Keadle Moore, LLC. One good thing about doing M&A work is you learn early on to perform your own due-diligence; so that is exactly what I did.  It was very important to me not to just accept a “position” with another company.  I wanted to be a part of something, where I could utilize my 20 years of banking and regulatory contract experience, yet continue to grow and learn as both a person and a professional.  PKM offered me that opportunity.

PKM is a firm with a strong history, with outstanding core values and principles and continues to grow. PKM, doesn’t talk about a family culture, they live it every day.  The firm has provided me with an excellent career path for my next 10 to 20 years.  There is tangible evidence that I can grow with the firm and continue to evolve as a person.   I never will forget my first day, filling out the H.R. Paper work, getting to learn new computer systems, when Partner Phillip Moore, came in, shook my hand and already knew my name and simply said; “Jay, Phillip Moore, I just wanted to thank you for choosing PKM and please let me know if I can do anything to help you.”   I knew then I had made the right decision.