Anne Markette, CFP®
The Georgia-born, Southern-raised businesswoman reflects on her career in finance, serving others, and the power of relationships.
Hometown: Americus, GA
Education: Agnes Scott College
Current Position: SVP, Private Banking
Private Banker Anne Markette commands a room before she opens her mouth and captures your attention when she does. She does not mince words, mix signals, or cross her wires. She is calm and capable, possessing such an uncanny readiness for any size challenge that it leaves you feeling she could hold a second career on a bomb disposal squad.
Anne does not fit anyone’s stereotype. She’s confident but approachable. She’s driven but generous. She’s business-minded but emotionally intelligent. Anne has spent her career in an industry dominated by men, but she’s always known she can do anything her male colleagues can do. When her peers were sending their kids off to college, she decided to get married for the first time.
For over thirty years, Anne has grown her professional accomplishments alongside her relationships and her giving. Currently, she is Senior Vice President of Private Banking at Atlantic Capital, showcasing a standard of excellence both inside and outside the workplace. Meet Anne Markette: she’s a woman and she leads.
How would you describe what you do every day?
I take care of people, specifically the bank’s affluent customers and business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, and wealthy families. It is called private banking. I provide them with a high level of service to make sure their cash management and credit needs are met. I am also a Certified Financial Planner, which enables me to help them think long-term about their financial goals.
How did you get started?
It was really simple: I was offered a job. I had just graduated from college and decided to join a bank training program. I thought it would be an interesting way to learn about a lot of different businesses. I always assumed I would go work for a client or start my own company. But I liked banking and I was good at it. So I stuck with it.
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
For the rest of my life, I will remember the 25 loans we made to revitalize Grove Park, a severely disinvested Atlanta neighborhood. Those loans enabled people to stay in their homes and improve them. Since then, we’ve developed a deep relationship with the Grove Park Foundation who is leading the holistic revitalization of Grove Park. Loans are never merely transactions. They help things grow and move forward. The loans to Grove Park helped an entire community take a huge step forward.
Who helped shape your career in finance?
I’ve always had mentors over the course of my career. My mentors were women who achieved high ranks in banking and who were mentored by other women before them. Successful people learn from successful people. There’s never been a time in my career when I was not a mentor to someone else, and I’ve never regretted that. At the end of the day, being successful is learning how to build relationships.
What would you say to aspiring women just starting their careers?
You grow best when you get outside your comfort zone. I’ve been asked to do things in my career that I initially didn’t know how to do or was hesitant to do. But those experiences allowed me to grow professionally.
How do you balance work with family and friends?
I schedule time with family and friends much like I schedule work meetings. My workouts and weekend plans with friends are on my calendar. Maintaining relationships takes prioritization and it takes scheduling. Whether it’s the gym or a charitable meeting, there’s time for all of it if you organize it.
Does your personal life ever intersect with your work as a banker?
Through the bank, I found out about a woman who needed a place to stay while her mother was being treated in the local hospital. For her to see her mother, she had to travel 120 miles roundtrip. When we heard this, we offered her the guest cottage in our backyard and she stayed with us for several months. It’s just the way I was raised, that you help others. My father instilled in me the idea that you give back.
What’s your favorite memory of giving back?
Shortly after I graduated from Agnes Scott, I donated to endow a global studies scholarship. I thought about how much I traveled with my parents when I was younger, and I decided to endow the scholarship in their honor. When the development officer called me to say the scholarship was funded, she told me to feel free to tell my parents it was funded in their honor. I told them how I couldn’t do it, as I was too emotional about the gift and what it meant to me. I told her she would need to mail my parents a letter. One day, the phone rang in my office and my secretary told me, “Anne, you better come quick, your mom is on the phone and she’s crying and I think something’s really wrong.” And I said, “Ah, she got the letter.”
Anne Markette gives without hesitation. She readily gives her time, money, friendship, and excellent standard of service with cheer—simply because it comes natural to her. Anne’s position of leadership at Atlantic Capital lends her unique qualities and skills to the bank’s commitment to serve and prosper our clients and community. Because women like Anne take the lead, Atlantic Capital can help our clients bank in the right direction. If you’re interested in benefiting from Anne’s expertise in Private Banking, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.