Lindsay Banner '07, sharing her homegrown talent with the world of finance
To most college seniors, tacking on an additional semester in order to graduate would be considered a set-back. Lindsay Banner '07 BSBA, saw the additional time as an opportunity. During the six years that have successfully ensued, Banner has continued to follow that philosophy.
The six additional months Banner spent at Clarion enabled her to triple major in finance, economics and international business and minor in French, graduating summa cum laude from the Clarion University Honor's Program with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. At graduation, she also had a five-week French submersion stint in Quebec under her belt as well as an international semester at sea traveling to Puerto Rico, Brazil, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan.
Currently a financial manager at MuniCap, Inc. in Columbia, Maryland, Banner explained,"My 'Semester at Sea' was a fantastic experience but because of it, I had to stay at Clarion an extra semester. I picked up an economics major that was instrumental in my career success."
Even as a college freshman, Banner, who attended Clarion High School and whose family continues to reside locally, saw the advantage of being well-rounded, experiencing everything set before her and making the most of every opportunity. Recruited to play volleyball at Clarion, she chose to attend the university also because of its differing academic accreditations. A three-sport athlete throughout high school (volleyball, basketball and softball), Banner and the Clarion Golden Eagles qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2003, '04 and '06. She was named captain her senior year as well as to the ESPN Academic All-District II College Division Second Team.
"I felt a part of a very close-knit family at Clarion University," said Banner. "It is an incredible community and everyone at the school was extremely understanding and able to adapt to my various needs and desires. My coach accepted that I needed to study abroad based on my international business major. My professors and mentors guided me every step of the way."
One of those mentors, finance professor Dr. Jeffrey Eicher, helped her network into MuniCap, a public finance consulting firm specializing in creative approaches to funding urban renewal, economic development and growth management.
According to Banner,"Emily Metzler, a 2005 Clarion graduate, contacted Dr. Eicher about the need at her firm. He reached out to me, I connected with Emily and I have been working at Municap since March 2008."
Banner's presence is still strongly felt on the Clarion University campus. She was recently selected to serve on Clarion's College of Business Administration Advisory Council, helping to evaluate and weigh in on the current curriculum and suggest changes to remain competitive with other business schools.
Banner's father, Tony Banner '81, also a Clarion alumnus, passed away two years ago. Last year, the family endowed the Tony Banner Scholarship Fund in his name to benefit the volleyball program.
Banner has recently matriculated as a part-time graduate student in the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and is working toward a master's degree in real estate. The desire to move on in real estate was in part fueled by her current job, as well as her participation in Habitat for Humanity over the past 16 years. She has also coached club volleyball and youth basketball while in Maryland.
Banner said , "Sitting in an office, you don't often see the fruits of your labor but when you get out into the community, it is dramatically evident."
What lies ahead for Lindsay Banner in the next six years? "I would like to continue to work in financial real estate and begin teaching at a student-based university or community college. I would love to be a dream enabler, as the faculty at Clarion did for me."