Monday, June 27, 2011

Leadership Transition at NBS

NBS Financial Services is ushering in a new era in its leadership, including its first female CEO.

Jan Robertson is now CEO of NBS Companies (the umbrella company that includes NBS Financial and three other divisions), while J. Clayton Hering (previously President) is Chairman of the Board. Ken Griggs is now President of NBS Financial.

Robertson’s career path has been unique. She joined NBS in 1981 in an administrative position, and quickly rose into management, becoming a partner in 1993. She has served as CFO since 2005. Robertson is involved in many industry organizations, including IREM and NAIOP. She is also a strong supporter of arts in education, holding leadership positions in organizations such as Young Audiences and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

“Jan is simply the best person to run this company,” Hering said. “As CFO she’s had to
make tough decisions, which she has ably done, while always keeping the well-being of our employees and clients first and foremost.”

As Chairman of the Board, a newly created position, Hering continue to be involved in areas like strategic planning, mentoring, business development and community involvement, but his role in day-to-day operations, like administrative functions, will be reduced.

Ken Griggs, NBS Financial's new President, is an experienced mortgage banker and managing partner. He has been with NBS Financial since 1993, and has frequently been a company Top Producer. Blake Hering, Jr. is now Principal, Director of Portland Production, and Mike Wood is Principal, Director of Seattle Production.

“The partners who are stepping into new roles have an incredible breadth and depth of experience,” Hering said. “This new leadership structure will spread out responsibility among them, which is a win-win for both the company and our clients.”

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