Lucas Bremer

Bremer

Investment portfolio manager, U.S. Bank

Age: 36

Education: Master's of Business Administration (MBA); McKendree University.

Some of Bremer's professional accomplishments include:

n Regular meetings with state and federal legislators in Frankfort, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., to advocate and ask for further financial commitments to aid in the search for a cure to end Alzheimer's Disease and support care givers and family quality of care in the Jackson Purchase Region.

n Selected as one of 25 employees nationally for selection to the Certified Financial Planner Program and qualify as a candidate to the CFP.

nAssist in aiding intern coordinators at US Bank with allowing job shadowing of wealth management department.

A few of the organizations he has been involved in:

n On the board of directors for Easter Seals and Lotus, have helped in the financing and budgeting of two brand new multi-million dollar ($5 million total) facilities that will expand both for allowance of additional services and programs that have direct impact to western Kentucky.

n Restarted the Progress Paducah Citizen Advocacy Group to aid in information and transparency on growing Paducah and giving citizens of McCracken County a stronger voice to local leaders on what they want to see and hear in Paducah.

n Board of directors, Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center, Jun. 2017 to present

What is the biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace?

I think the biggest challenge is to be nimble and stay humble but hungry.

Our culture and technology is changing so fast and I believe that to be successful you must be willing to expand outside your own comfort zone and empower others to keep up with the change as well.

Finding the right mentor and being able accept mistakes and opportunities for growth are key to a young leader.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

We had a mantra in Rotary, "Service above self."

I believe you have to live for your colleagues, your family, your community before you get something for yourself.

I also believe that a leader must have a thirst for learning and developing both themselves and others. I do all I can to learn everything not only about my position or my organization I am involved with, but also those down the ripple of what my division or organization touches. I also learn from previous leaders in life through upper management, political figures, and clergy. I read any book I can on historical leaders and how they handled conflict, adversity, and self doubt.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

As stated above, I am constantly looking to get better. Better as a husband, a employee, a board member, and as a man.

I will never stop trying to obtain the success of challenges that I am faced with.

I also love this area and have a saying I take to heart. Leave a place better than you found it. I hope to leave Paducah and western Kentucky, as great as it is, better than when I arrived.

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