"You want the different backgrounds of folks, with different experiences they've had, the different ways they approach problems," Bond said. "That diversity in the board room is very important for making good decisions."
Watson believes Bond's experience as a banker and in the affordable housing market helped move the bank forward.
Before Bond took over as CEO, the bank had, "a large portfolio of troubled securities that the bank had to work out," Watson said. Bond was a leader in that restructuring that Watson called absolutely crucial.
"He's uniquely talented at building bridges, and using those to fix problems," Watson added.
So far, Bond has completed 58 hours of classroom, conference or online training sessions to learn about what he sees as the important issues that corporations are facing today. He wants to know the risks. Bond wants his companies to be prepared for anything from cybersecurity to the loss of top company officials.
Laughing, Bond said that his job is challenging at times but never boring. He directs a company in the insurance business, another one that reproduces DNA and an aerospace business. In addition, he directs a company that services the automobile industry and another that services both the coal and aggregate industry.
"You have a lot of different skills in there, but I think my biggest thing is my financial background and my engineering background with all these manufacturing companies," he said.
Bond is most looking forward to continuing to attend seminars and conferences where he meets people from across the country, and where they can freely discuss similar problems.
"From a board's perspective, we don't want to get into the weeds," Bond said. "We're not there to manage the company, but from our perspective, 'What are the questions I should ask?'"
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