Q & A with our WaveMaker of the Month – Kyle Slickers

September 17, 2019

We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit community partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they are extraordinary leaders and volunteers.

How long have you been a member of the OceanFirst Bank team?

I’ve been with the Bank for just over three years!

Tell us about your favorite volunteer activities.

My favorite volunteer activities are those that benefit the local community because arguably that’s where it is easiest to make an impact!

What activities do you enjoy in your spare time?

I think it’s important to have a sense of purpose. Giving back, without doubt, is an element that plays into mine.

What activities do you enjoy in your spare time?

I really enjoy do-it-yourself projects around the house.  It’s amazing how much one can learn from YouTube.  It can also be a fantastic reminder of why I should stick to Banking!

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

Time outside volunteering (and other commitments) is best spent with family. My wife and I both grew up in Ocean County and we have great fun taking our son to all the wonderful places the Jersey Shore is known for!

What aspects of your work at you most passionate about? 

At its core, Banking is largely about helping customers achieve their goals.  It’s easy to stay passionate about all aspects of the job when I get to play a part in that process!

Who inspires you? Why ?

I am largely inspired by my colleagues.  There are lot of people at the Bank that have tremendous passion for what they do both at and outside of work.  They are a big reason why WaveMakers exist!

What experience has been most impactful for you?

Becoming a father has easily been the most impactful.  It makes setting the right example even more important.

What would be the ideal volunteer activity for you – and why?

I volunteered for an organization that offered classes in basic financial education.  It’s a favorite for me because I could leverage my own background to help others make better decisions.


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