American Financial Services Association

Anne Kurz

Anne Kurz

PeopleWomen's Leadership Council

Anne Kurz

Chief Administrative Officer
Republic Finance

Anne joined Republic Finance in 1999. Anne spent the first year of her career in social work in 1978. She then moved to Louisiana National Bank, where she spent the next seventeen years. She began in the management training program, progressed through business development and branch management before becoming Manager of Consumer and Commercial Loan Servicing in Baton Rouge. As the bank expanded across the state of Louisiana through acquisitions and conversion to Premier Bank, Anne assumed responsibility for Loan Servicing functions statewide, eventually consolidating and centralizing these functions in Baton Rouge. Anne participated on the consolidation team when Premier was acquired by Bank One. In 1997, she joined United Companies to accept a position in Strategic Planning focused on Loan Servicing. Anne received her B.A. degree from Louisiana State University. She is a former board member of the South Carolina Financial Services Association, Tennessee Consumer Finance Association and Alabama Lenders Association. Anne has been married to her husband George for 38 years and has two sons.

Areas of Expertise
Executive management, HR, IT, Compliance and Legal

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Better ways to engage and coach others for improvement.

What three keywords best describe you?
Integrity, Dedication, Perseverance

Personal Motto
Do the right thing the first time. No none accomplishes anything alone. For those tough days – tomorrow will be a better day. As they say, “you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.”

What are you passionate about?
Protecting the company and helping team members gain knowledge and skill.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
My home was built in 1895 by my great-grandparents and it has been in our family the entire time. My grandmother and my mother were both born there. It is the gathering place for our extended family.

Who has been a role model for you?
My parents, first and foremost. I've had many managers over the years that have all been supportive and willing to share knowledge and coach to improve skills.
What are you most proud of?
Personally, my family. Professionally, to have been a major part of growing our company the right way, and helping position the company on that path into the future.

MENTORING
What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Trust and open and honest communication. It requires commitment and interest in devoting the time, for both mentor and mentee. It also requires drive on the part of the mentee.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Do not be afraid to say what is on your mind. Trust your judgement even in the face of resistance. Learn early how to persuasively support your position. Take time to build relationships in the organization.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Company leaders are more willing to share their knowledge, experience and advice that might be obvious. Once I started reaching out to a mentor, they were always willing. Set your target high - our biggest limits are the ones we put on ourselves.