Posts Tagged ‘Jeff MacLellan’

I always love my job, but sometimes it is even fun, unadulterated fun, like the kind you used to have as a kid.

For example, when I was doing this article on Landmark Bank, I found out the bank had done several rap videos, which were posted on YouTube. I went there and looked at the videos and watched several of them, well, several times. They were hilarious. What other job could you have where you get to look at funny videos as part of your work?

That’s why I love being  a reporter and writer.

Even better, the article, a sidebar to a bigger piece, highlights two other things that are great — the willingness of some publications including the Columbia Business Times to have some fun with what they publish.

Another thing this article highlighted was the serendipity of reporting, especially of good reporting. When I started writing the piece on Jeff MacLellan, I didn’t know about these videos, but when I was interviewing Sabrina McDonnell of Landmark Bank, she mentioned the video which included a clip of Jeff MacLellan doing his best to stay on the beat. When she mentioned the video, I followed up asking why a bank would be doing rap videos. The result was an interesting sidebar that accompanied the larger, more serious piece, about Jeff MacLellan.

The end result? A good sidebar, some fun and an opportunity to listen to a rap video while on the job.


Take a look yourself. 

Real Estate Rap
Man, It Feels Good to be a Banker

Chamber of Commerce Rap

Jeff MacLellan Retirement Rap

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Writing about Jeff MacLellan, vice chairman of Landmark Bank, the former chairman and CEO before he retired in December, was an amazing opportunity.

Truthfully, I wasn’t too excited about interviewing the head of one of Columbia’s largest banks. Number crunching isn’t that interesting to me.

However, five minutes into our interview, I realized MacLellan isn’t the stereotypical image of a banker. The knit polo shirt was my first tip off. His honest, open answer to my question about where he’d been during the weeks prior to our meeting — having prostate surgery and then getting a subsequent clean bill of health — told me more about who he really was than any quote he could give me or comment from any of his colleagues.

But as I dug and talked to him, the picture became fuller and I realized he was a number cruncher — and a respected and admired friend and colleague.

Read about MacLellan in this article, published in the Columbia Business Times on March 19, 2010.

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