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Summer Clevenger

Summer Clevenger

Women's Leadership Council

Summer Clevenger

Operations Vice President
1st Franklin Financial Corporation

Summer Clevenger
Operations Vice President
1st Franklin Financial Corporation
Greenville, SC
Direct: (865) 591-1516
Mobile: (865) 591-1516

Summer has over 20 years in the consumer finance business. She has held key management positions in multiple diverse consumer lending business models. In addition, she is the recipient of multiple awards at both manager and regional director levels, reflective of strong leadership, development and financial growth in the industry. Recently promoted to Operations Vice President of South Carolina, Summer is responsible for administrative, operational and financial success for the state.

Areas of Expertise
Team building, Business Strategy and Implementation, Leadership and Mentoring, Executive Leadership

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Executive Leadership, Strategy Implementation

What three keywords best describe you?
Driven, Trustworthy, Passionate

Personal Motto
Surround yourself with great people who challenge you.

What are you passionate about?
Development of people, professional growth, and mentoring

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I am a complete homebody, love working on everything inside and outside the house and yard. Also, I have a 9-foot cactus that was originally purchased at a grocery store and was less than 6-inches tall many years ago!

Who has been a role model for you?
My grandfather, he instilled several values that have been important throughout my life: quitting is not an option, always give 110%, your word is everything, treat everyone with respect.

What are you most proud of?
The success and leadership position I have achieved at a young age.

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Matching the mentor/mentee correctly, honesty, trust, building a safe environment to both fail and learn in.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Be patient and value diverse ideas.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Listen more and talk less, figure out emotional intelligence quickly—it is extremely important.