Mike Brown

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Name: Mike Brown

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Age: 62

Title: Arizona Regional President for Washington Federal

Married/Single: Married for 41 years

Kids: I have two kids and four grandchildren with another grandchild due in February.

City you live in: Fountain Hills

A typical day in my life includes…

I have to deal with each one of the commercial or retail divisions I’m responsible for, oftentimes many times a day for a variety of reasons. Then I always have to deal with the people issues. It is multitasking at the utmost.

I was born…

in a very small town in southwestern Kansas.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is that we have nine months of very good weather. Anywhere in the country has some inclement weather, whether it’s hot or cold, and other than San Diego, we have it pretty good.

I’m listening to…

country and western music or sports talk. My wife constantly reminds me that the Sirius in my car does play music also!

My family…

they are my crown jewels, and my ultimate focus.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Warren Buffet.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a physical therapist.

I’m inspired by…

individuals with unparalleled work ethic and integrity.

The one person who motivates me is…

myself because I’m pretty self-motivated. Part of that is because I come from a very small town in Kansas. My father owned his own business, so I started working for him at 13 and it created a classic mid-western work ethic that I wish I could bottle that mid-western work ethic and sprinkle it on our team members because that work ethic is unparalleled.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

the noise in the Middle East right now.

The perfect day would be…

seeing all four grandkids together in one spot and just having the day with them.

My first job was…

working in my dad’s furniture store at age 13 delivering furniture.

My favorite escape…

is vacationing with my wife. We have cruised a lot and gone to Europe a lot. Currently, we have one in the hopper—we’re going on a river cruise from Prague to Budapest. My favorite place we’ve been is Italy with an emphasis on Rome.

My life…

is running at a speed of Mach 2 and making sure everyone keeps up with me.

I’m currently working on…

finishing our fiscal year end which is Sept. 30 and getting ready for Fiscal 2017.

Always…

exhibit integrity.

Never…

deviate from that.

Favorite Quote…

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

Biggest Dream…

getting my entire family together for an extended vacation.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

in business probably when people focus on the little tiny, tiny details and don’t look at the bigger picture as it relates to customer service. Also, don’t we all have a pet peeve when there is a lack of common sense in people now and then?

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Brown is the regional president of Washington Federal, a full-service national banking institution that focuses on Business banking, commercial real estate, and equipment lending and leasing, and mortgage loans for consumers. It has more than 30 offices in Arizona including locations in Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Green Valley, Mesa, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West and Tucson. Washington Federal is committed to developing a strong and loyal relationship with clients, shareholders and the community at large. On September 27, the nearly 100-year-old bank will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Most Admired Leaders gala in Paradise Valley, honoring more than two dozen of Arizona’s best and brightest visionaries.



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