Climbing the Ladder of Success
A 1971 graduate of Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam with a heavy interest in math and science, Randall Smith decided to attend FM to pursue an engineering degree. He always dreamed of being an architect or mechanical designer, but then his focus changed. Randall graduated in 1976 with an AAS Business Accounting Degree.
“I enjoy accounting today.” says Randall, “It was very easy for me, but it never really did challenge my intellect. I can’t remember the names of my professors, but in 1971 I can say that my chemistry professor from Egypt and my calculus professor impressed the hell out of me by their vast knowledge of their subjects and the ease in which they presented it every day. My physics professor from India (Varghese Pynadath), too, was a very smart man. I had hoped to be as smart as they were someday.”
But the courses and professors aren’t all that Randall remembers about his time at FM. “I have many great college memories, especially the ones that were made at the infamous Bronze Bell Tavern across the road. I can say that I was a superb foosball player. And I remember the occasional ‘chats’ I had with campus security about my parking lot skills when trying to make those 8:00a.m. classes,” Randall laughs.
From FM, Randall got into banking courses with the Institute of Financial Education Headquarters in Chicago as well as the American Institute for Bankers. “My career goals were to become a CFO/Treasurer of a medium sized bank with assets of one billion or less or president of a regional credit union,” Randall says.
Today, Randall is very happy as assistant vice president in the loan operations department at TD Banknorth Inc., a major player in the banking industry and still growing, in Lewiston, Maine.
He and his wife, Susan, a communications specialist at a local hospital have three children, Nicole, an honor student in middle school and all star cheerleader; Austin, an honor student in elementary school, travel hockey player, and NY Yankees fan (no prodding from dad Randall says); and Jennifer, mother of their three grandchildren.
Outside of banking, Randall enjoys his 1999 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic. He is also an avid golfer and alpine skier and is an auto racing enthusiast as he says he once was part of a race team at Fonda Speedway. He loves hockey and wished there had been a rink at the College.Fulton-Montgomery Community College