Out of Office: Alfredo Jacobo

At 18, Jacobo swam the men’s 100-meter breaststroke on behalf of his native country of Mexico at the 2000 Olympics.

The senior vice president and audit director of the more than $2 billion-asset Midwest BankCentre in St. Louis, Mo., was an Olympic swimmer, having competed in the 2000 Games in Sydney. He now coaches youth sports.

Alfredo swimming

I competed in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, representing Mexico in the 2000 Olympics. With training in any sport, you realize that once you make it to a certain level, you cannot be complacent. We need to continue to get better at what we do. Community banking has seen a lot of mergers and acquisitions. So, we need to keep improving and getting market share.

I’m an introvert, but [at work], I’m an extrovert. Swimming is an individual sport, but being part of a team develops your extroverted side, even though you’re still an introvert. I had the opportunity to be team captain, and as team captain, you really cannot be the one just sitting there in the corner. You have to motivate the team and try to push them.

I continue to swim on and off and coach youth sports. With coaching, you can go into a lot of details, but the attention span is short, and I apply that to process owners, too. Internal auditors have to be very detail specific and a two-hour meeting is not going to be beneficial for the auditee or for us.

I’m able to adapt to certain personalities and communication preferences. When I was swimming, I had the opportunity to travel to over 25 countries and got to deal with people from different cultures [and] backgrounds. That’s another thing that I have brought to my work. Everyone has different ways of seeing things.

—Kathryn Jackson Fallon