An Interview With Our President
History is full of examples of leaders in business, science, and other fields who, through their ability to inspire and guide people, have made the world a better place. We celebrate our nation’s highest elected office on Presidents’ Day, this year on February 15. With this upcoming celebration, especially in the midst of a challenging environment, we thought it a good opportunity to ask Tompkins Trust Company President and CEO Greg Hartz for his thoughts on the subject.
- Where do you look for inspiration?
I look up to people who have done inspiring things, so I enjoy biographies and stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving good outcomes. I find peace in working out, bicycling, walking, working outside, being outside, and nature and some of my most inspiring moments have been made while doing these things. Additionally, I find inspiration in prayer.
- What are your 3 favorite books or publications?
Unbroken, Miracle (movie – story of the ’80 Team USA hockey team, and Killer Angels
- Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
My dad and my grandfather had a tremendous impact on me. They lived their lives in a way that inspired me to want to emulate them by encouraging me to follow my interests. Most importantly, they believed in me and helped me to believe in myself in a subtle and unassuming manner.
- Where do the great ideas come from at TTC?
The people of Tompkins Trust Company - including our wonderful employees, customers, vendors, and industry experts.
- What are your favorite questions to ask those you lead?
- How are you doing?
- How is your team?
- What do you think?
- Where are we going and how do we get there?