Aaron Metrick, who is in commercial banking at Bank of America, takes your questions and shares why he chooses to LIVE UNITED with the United Way Young Leaders Society.
Question: What made you want to become involved with United Way and, more specifically, the Young Leaders Society? How long have you been a member?
I’m relatively new to the area and I think United Way is the best overarching way to support and get involved with a community. My manager at work tipped me off to the group and after checking out the April meeting, I decided to join. I think being around like-minded people with a common goal, at more or less the same place in life, has the potential to be pretty special.
Fill in the blank: “If you really knew me, you’d know ____.”
that I’d rather hear your answer to that question than share mine.
Young Leaders are focused on connecting, serving, giving, and leading. With which do you identify the most? Why?
To me, those are all interconnected. You connect better by serving together, you can serve by giving or give by serving, and by doing all those things you are a leader in the community. If I had to pick one though, I’d say serving. I think the rest, while interconnected, feed from there. I’d like to become a leader in the community. I’d like to give back to help make Richmond a great place for everyone, and I’d like to connect with others who feel the same way. I think serving Richmond through the United Way Young Leaders Society is an avenue to do all those things.
When are you the happiest?
Anytime I’m in an environment with good energy and positive attitudes I’m usually a pretty happy guy. For me though, the happiest is when I’m outside or with my family. So I guess being outside with my family is when I’m happiest.
What qualities, talents, or skills do you look forward to contributing to the Young Leaders Society?
Hmmm, I feel like this is a new question that I did not see on previous posts! I’d say some of my strengths are that I try to keep an open mind, think objectively, and I try to relate to the perspective of others. I like ideas and I like connecting ideas. I’d say I have a pretty solid internal drive and work ethic as well. Hopefully some combination of the above will be beneficial to the Society in some respect!
Have you attended a conference/workshop/symposium/etc. that left a lasting impression? What about the experience has stayed with you?
I am easily inspired, so anytime I’m in the presence of someone who tries hard, overcomes challenges, pursues dreams, or just generally tries to make the world a better place – that leaves an impression on me. I’d say I’ve been lucky enough to be around a lot of those people, but the truth is we all are around people like that every day. Sometimes you just have to take a step back to appreciate what and who is around you.
What is your favorite locally-owned Richmond establishment and why?
It’s not an establishment, but I’m going to say the James River. It’s my favorite spot and I think it is integral to making Richmond what it is. From the flatwater at Watkins Landing, to the rapids at Pony Pasture, to the dry rocks at Belle Isle, it’s all pretty great.
If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?
I’m pretty idealistic, so I would enact the golden rule – end corruption, and provide for the prevalence of good over evil. Other than that, bureaucratic inefficiencies and people who drive slow or parallel traffic in the left lane would be next on the chopping block.