Name: Joann Calvarese, of Washington Township

Education: Archbishop Prendergast High School, Drexel Hill, Pa.

Family: Single, with two adult daughters and three grandchildren

Company: Cape Bank

Position: Assistant vice president/retail market manager

I pursued a working career so I could get married and have kids. I did that, but ended up having a career anyway.

I worked for a trucking company when I was 17 as a secretary, typing up forms, ordering permits for the trucks.

Then I worked for Swann Oil Co., but it wasn’t a good fit, so I ended up working at Villanova University for the chairman of the English department.

In 1979, we moved to New Jersey and I worked for ARI, the parent company of Holman Automotive Group, and I’d order cars on the computers.

Then I took a little break and had children. When my last one was in kindergarten, I started at Commerce Bank.

I worked with many knowledgeable and goal-driven colleagues, and that kind of set my future.

I went from part time to full time and became an assistant manager, and then became the branch manager in Absecon in 2000.

Coming to this area was a great experience. I fell in love with it and built nice relationships with customers.

In 2003, I met with someone at Boardwalk Bank and liked their easy style of banking. In 2008, I had the opportunity to open Boardwalk’s first branch, in Galloway Township. I also opened the English Creek and Ocean Heights offices, and managed both Egg Harbor Township offices.

Then we merged with Cape Savings Bank to form Cape Bank, and today, I manage the Galloway and English Creek offices.

I work to motivate the staff to sell our services, and to build a team to exceed our goals. I get reports on progress toward goals and keep the staff informed on where they are.

The economy today is difficult, and it’s hard for customers to change or move. Some businsses are suffering and basically just hanging in there, so it’s hard for us to sell if customers aren’t able to move.

About me: I enjoy traveling and reading, and spending time with my grandchildren. I’ve been to Italy and gone on cruises to Caribbean islands, and I have a friend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., so I try to go there regularly.