Walking as fast as my four-inch Prada pumps will allow, juggling my hand
bag, briefcase and Kaladi Brothers Hazelnut Breve. I can’t believe
I’m late – well, I’m not really late -- I’m just going to have
to trust that Brandon Meyer, the manager of the “C” Street Branch,
has everything set up properly for the presentation we are giving this
morning. This irks me. I did not become the youngest District Manager in
the history of National Bank of Alaska by relying on other people. This
morning I, along with Brandon and our Treasury Management and Commercial
Banking Partners, are meeting with the Executive Board of Directors for
General Communications, Inc., a major phone and cable company for
Anchorage and surrounding areas. This is a huge opportunity for the bank
and for Brandon’s branch as they will be opening and maintaining the
accounts if this presentation goes well.
I glance down at my coffee and lift it for a sip -- just then I crash
into a very hard body. The lid on my coffee pops part way off and some
sloshes on the suit and tie currently covering the hard body.
“Oh my god, I am so sorry!” I sputter and look up into the most
amazing blue eyes I’ve ever seen.
He grasps my shoulders to steady me. “Are you okay?” he asks.
“Yes,” I say, fishing in the side pocket of my hand bag. “I’m
just so sorry about your suit!” I pull out a business card and hand it
to him. “Here’s my card. Call me and I’ll pay for the dry
He reads my card and I see what -- surprise on his face?
“But --” he tries to say.
“Again I’m sorry,” I say effectively cutting him off. “I’m
late right now. Call me, I’ll take care of it.”
Holy mother of God that man was gorgeous! I think as I start to walk
again. He’s wearing a dark grey suit, Armani maybe, a blue tie that
matches his eyes and makes them stand out. He has broad shoulders, a
narrow waist and short dark blonde hair. Running into him was like
hitting a human wall so he has to be built under that suit. Suddenly
I’m hoping he really does call me about the dry cleaning.
When I get to the GCI Headquarters, I’m relieved to find that Brandon
has set everything up perfectly. As I said, this acquisition is a huge
opportunity for the bank and the "C" Street branch, and quite frankly,
for me. Snagging a client like GCI is really good for the bottom line of
“It looks great in here.” I tell Brandon with a smile. Speaking of
hot guys, if I didn’t have a strict policy against dating co-workers,
especially my direct reports, I would definitely be interested. He’s
tall and lean with brown hair and chocolate eyes. Yeah, he’s
“Hey, Madison,” he says. “I was starting to worry. You’re
usually the first one to any meeting.”
I roll my eyes. “It’s been a morning.”
I say hi to the Diane, our Treasury Management partner, and Jeremy, our
Commercial Banking partner. This is going to be a perfect presentation
-- we are going to win this client and it will be another excellent
milestone in my banking career. I smile at the Board Members starting to
trickle in, then suck in a sharp breath as I’m met with the blue gaze
of the human wall. He smiles at me with a knowing grin and glances at
his tie -- it’s the same one coffee stain and all. Shit. This is a
I collect my shattered nerves and when everyone is seated I step up to
the conference table and wait for them to settle.
“Hello, and thank you all for your time today,” I start. “I am
Madison Savidge, District Manager with National Bank of Alaska. With me
today are Brandon Meyer, Manager of our "C" Street Branch, Diane King,
our Treasury Management Partner, and Jeremy Williams, our Commercial
Banking Partner. We are very grateful for the opportunity to show you
how we can save you time and money on all your company’s banking
services, from International Letters of Credit to Employee Direct
Deposit. NBA has an excellent reputation for servicing businesses both
large and small, and we look forward to being GCI’s main financial
institution. I’ll turn it over to the rest of my team now and again
-- thank you for your time.”
I sit and Brandon gets up to give his part of the presentation.
As I sit and listen, I notice that the human wall is actually Joshua
Blake, Chief Financial Officer for GCI. Shit, I think to myself, he
would have to be the CFO for christ's sake. I was right -- this is a
The presentation is outstanding, we showed the board how we would save
them an average of ten percent across all their banking needs. It’s a
huge undertaking for a company of this size to switch financial
institutions so the savings have to be significant, and ten percent is
We shake hands with the board members, thanking them once again for
seeing us today. Joshua shakes my hand and holds it just a little longer
than necessary. His touch sends heat coursing through me and I know
I’m blushing. Grinning down at me he tells me they will be in touch
soon. God, he is freaking hot. He could have held my hand grinning at
me with that sexy mouth for another hour and I would have been okay with
After the presentation, Brandon, Diane and Jeremy want to have a
celebratory lunch. I agree to go but decide not to tell them that I
spilled coffee on the very man that will probably be making the final
decision about this switch.
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