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Today’s spotlight: Nancy Zezza

Divisional chief credit officer

Alliance Bank of Arizona

Background: Zezza is chief credit officer for Alliance Bank of Arizona, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, where she oversees loan portfolios by managing risk and asset quality. Ms. Zezza joined Alliance Bank of Arizona in 2019 and brings 30 years of banking experience.

Professional advice: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. This mantra speaks to embracing a can-do attitude, a fervent belief in yourself and all you can achieve. As a woman in banking, approaching every challenge with a positive mindset and strong work ethic will help you rise above and find success. Although the tasks you face may seem challenging, and you may even occasionally miss the mark, over time you will improve and achieve more success than if you never took a risk. I’ve moved across the country several times, changed job roles and taken on new responsibilities, all of which have helped me grow both professionally and personally.”

Lesson learned in 2020: “To grow as a leader, I have always believed that you need to be adaptable to change to help your team and business stay current and succeed. Whether responding to market conditions, the evolution of technology or customer trends — change encourages leaders to be flexible, embrace different points of view and uncover opportunities to succeed.”

Surprising fact: “How many bankers can tell you they performed at the Rose Bowl Parade in high school? I fell in love with music and theater at a young age; from my early years through college I played flute, performed in plays and sang. Being recognized for doing something I really enjoyed has been incredibly rewarding, especially when it included performing on such a grand stage. That passion is still alive and well, and I take every opportunity to continue to attend as many concerts and plays as I can.”