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Rochelle McClanahan

Rochelle McClanahan

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Rochelle McClanahan

Chief Financial Officer
Sun Loan Company

Rochelle is the Chief Financial Officer for Sun Loan Company, and also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer. She began her career in the financial services industry in 2006, and has accepted ever-increasing responsibilities with the company over the past twelve years. She has a strong operations background, which enables her to look beyond the financial statements and provide financial and compliance-related insight into operational initiatives. Rochelle has been active in AFSA since 2009, participating in the State Government Affairs Committee, Operations and Regulatory Compliance Committee, and the Women's Leadership Council. She also holds a consumer credit compliance certification with the National Automotive Finance Association.

Areas of Expertise
Financial Reporting and Analysis, Program Implementation, Detailed Focus on Issues and/or Problems.

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Everything

What three keywords best describe you?
Dedicated, Inquisitive, Introspective

Personal Motto
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about always learning, questioning, and bettering myself

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I spent weekends at my family's grain elevator during harvest scooping and sampling grain.

Who has been a role model for you?
My grandmother Bessie. She was solely responsible for providing for, and raising her five children. The greatest example of perseverance, dedication, strength, and grace for me. Well into her late-80's, she continued to push herself with adventures such as skydiving, para-sailing, and zip-lining.

What are you most proud of?
When I was younger, I took the chance to move to several different cities to advance my career. Each opportunity broadened my scope and gave me the ability to meet and work with some truly amazing people.

MENTORING

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
I think both parties in the relationship must be willing to give and receive honest feedback and constructive criticism. There must also be vulnerability between the mentor/mentee, and the feeling that their relationship is a "safe place" to exchange ideas and to brainstorm.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Get comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. This is a skill that can be developed, but you have to invest the time and energy into overcoming this fear.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Not to sell myself short. Even though I have had a great career and love where I have been, many times I think I have missed some great opportunities by not having more confidence in myself.