|Light Up the Night with Jim Landy: |
An ANDRUS Fall Gala Honoree
We are excited to honor Jim Landy of Hudson Valley Bank on October 4 at our Light Up the Night event! Along with being a successful businessman and resident of Westchester County, here are some things you may not know:
How did you find your way to a career in banking?
I was involved in the redevelopment of the Lake Avenue, Yonkers community and a critical component was getting a bank to open
in the area. After approaching several without success, we got Hudson Valley to agree. During the negotiations with HVB, they offered me a position to help them open, and the rest is history.
What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career?
Watching Hudson Valley's growth from a local start up to today's
$2.9 Billion regional organization while helping maintain its local focus and commitment.
What is your fondest memory of growing up in Yonkers?
The sense of community. Despite being so large and diverse, Yonkers is made up of numerous communities that offer unique features. Being out in the public I meet so many people who grew up in Yonkers as well. It is fun to reminisce about all the things we did as kids.
What does Jim Landy do on the weekends?
We gather the family together for a big dinner on most weekends. It has always been the centerpiece of our weekends-- family time.
If you can escape on vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I've enjoyed a number of great trips to some special places. Some in Europe, but mostly in the U.S. My current goal is to visit Alaska given it's unique views and wonders. Maybe soon!
Favorite spot in Westchester County:
That's easy, Yonkers. I am very comfortable in my home town and find it offers everything from great restaurants, entertainment, spectacular views, shopping and services. It is a great community.
What advice would you give to our students about their future, importance of education and reaching goals?
Take advantage of your education. Learn the basics now as they will serve you well in understanding this complicated world. Things you think you will never use could actually be useful in the future. Life will take you on a road that has many bumps and turns, so it is important to learn the landscape as much as possible. Embracing education and having goals will keep you grounded and will prepare you for what the future may hold. William Shakespeare once said "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves".