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60-second interview/joseph paese


Name: Joseph Paese
Title: President and chief executive officer
Company: Legacy Trust Co., a subsidiary of Legacy Bank, Harrisburg
Company description: Asset-management and services agency providing a full range of personal trust, investment management and employee-benefit services
Personal: Married to Michele; children: Damien, 14; Vincent, 10; and Morgan, 8.
Describe your typical day: “I oversee the management and administration of all customer accounts, direct the marketing effort and participate in executive management decisions for the bank.”
What is your biggest challenge, and how do you meet it? “Our biggest challenge is being a startup company and convincing the community that our personnel and services are on par with the longstanding competition.”
Management style: “I’m a hands-off, day-to-day manager. I put a lot of responsibility on the staff.”
What’s new in your field? “The most apparent change in the trust field is emergence of startup trust companies and their ability to compete for market share against the well-established bank trust departments.”
How do you measure success? “Feeling good about what I do, having fun and reaping the financial rewards from running a successful operation.”
Who do you know that is a mover and a shaker? “My brother, Tom Paese, who worked for six years with Gov. (Tom) Ridge and clearly set himself in this marketplace as an influential businessman.”
Three items always found in the fridge: “Brewed iced-tea, cheese and
left-over pizza.”

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