Lee Mercado

Lee Mercado

Branch Manager, VP


Capital One

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in the rough part of Yonkers NY. Grew up poor without many essentials.
Moved around a lot as a child, attended 4 different elementary schools.
Started working at McDonalds the day after I turned 16. Moved up to manager at the age of 17.
Took a second job as a bank teller as a joke and quickly fell in love with banking.
Made the decision to take less money and go work full time at the bank.
Within 2 years worked my way up to Branch Manager. Here I am 16 plus years later.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

ged
GED
Career

Career

Branch Manager, VP

Banker

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Numbers
Numbers
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A great day you will see me engaging and motivating my team setting the plan for the day. You will see us assisting every customer achieve their financial dreams. You will see us helping customers save money, plan for the future, manage debt, and live well in retirement.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Patience, the ability to adapt to change quickly, work well with others, Team Work, you must be able to work under pressure, be well organized, and you must be able to provide customers with a world class experience.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

You must love problem solving and helping people, along with an understanding of math.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You'll end up in a gang, on drugs or dead."

Growing up in an area where you are surrounded by drugs and gangs forces you to make a decision. I sat down and reflected on what type of life I wanted, I didn't want to continue to run with the wrong crowd, drinking and smoking just to end up like everyone around me. I chose to change my ways and do something with my life. I used all the negativity around me as motivation! Motivation to have and to do the complete opposite of all the wrong around me. Take the negative and make it benefit you!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Growing up without much makes you appreciate the stuff you buy for yourself much more. Not being able to have all the cool things at that time is ok, remember when you have the means to buy your own cool things you will appreciate them more.

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

Gangs are not family, they will destroy you in every way. A brother will not put you in harms way, remember that. Getting out isn't easy but it is possible. Best advice is never to join in the first place.