I recently was lobbying on The Hill for our Expat and Trade issues. One meeting stuck out in my mind. A 30 something staffer for one of the committees and I were having a banking regulations meeting. During the discussion of how some of the regulations were inhibiting exports, the staffer strongly stated that ‘there would never be a need for me (the staffer) to meet and get to know my banker ‘. Puzzled by the abrupt shift in the conversation I queried, “what about when you want a mortgage”? “No, no need, never – I am online. There will NEVER be a need for me to know my banker” was the emphatic response! I was amazed. I sat back in my chair and thought ” have I missed something in moving into my online lifestyle”? The meeting resumed on the topic of banking regs. Points were made for the banking changes, which would give all of us a better chance at improving exports and increasing USA jobs, the meeting ended. We shook hands, wished him well and I departed.
As I walked down the long corridors to my next meeting, I had a long time to consider the points made by the staffer. I decided that I hadn’t missed too much in transferring to an online lifestyle. Being online has enhanced both my business and personal life. I also decided that I am glad that I know all of my bankers. I hope to do good business with my bankers for a very long time. It is so important to build human relationships; whether they be business or personal. At the end of the day people do business. And yes you can quote me on that point.