HGBA Spotlight: Shalini J. Kapur

Shalini J. Kapur
John Marshall Bank
703-584-0819 |  www.JohnMarshallBank.com |  skapur@johnmarshallbank.com

When and why did you decide to join this company/firm?

I have been a banker for over 15 years and have always loved working for community banks. Late last year John Marshall Bank asked me to lead their Treasury Services Division. The offer was a great opportunity to do something very exciting in the world of business banking. This role allows me to help develop innovative products and services to meet the modern banking needs of our business clients.

How does your business serve the local community?

John Marshall bank is a business focused, locally owned and operated, community bank. We provide individuals with competitive savings rates and access to a variety of consumer mortgage services. Our commercial lenders help fuel entrepreneurship by providing small business access to the capital they need to grow their business. We also understand the importance of volunteerism. For example, the members of our Prince William office volunteer with the local school board, volunteer fire department, Junior Achievement in local schools, and the Haymarket food pantry.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.

I am proud that I was selected to be enrolled in the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia. This is a three year, graduate-level professional development program teaching executive bank management principles.   

How has the HGBA supported you in your business?

HGBA has been instrumental in helping me grow my network and contacts in the local community. It has given me numerous opportunities to develop business as well as give back to the community.

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?

  1. Use a business credit card for short term monthly spending. Businesses are actually afforded more protection against fraudulent transactions on their credit card purchases than those made with a business debit card.
  2. Protect your business checking accounts with Positive Pay. Positive Pay is a service that allows business customers the ability to submit a list of pre-approved checks and electronic debits for their banks to process. Items not on that list will be flagged for review before clearing. It’s a great way to avoid having to dispute an authorized transaction after the fact.
  3. Don’t share passwords. This may seem simple but too often businesses fail to take the effort to create unique logins for their employees who access online banking services.

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?

Yes, I live in Bristow and until the beginning of this year, I was working in Gainesville. I love my community. We have the right mix of development and country feel. It is a great neighborhood to raise a family.

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?

Fall! I love the colors and look forward to the local festivals such as Haymarket Day.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?

I enjoy reading, mostly non-fiction and self-help books.

What is your favorite restaurant?

There are a ton to choose from! I love Babylos, El Vaquero. I support Mission BBQ as it is veteran owned. I’m excited that Zandra’s has opened in Haymarket.

What is your favorite local high school sports team?

Patriot Pioneers!!!

 

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