This month to show appreciation of our Board of Directors, we’re focusing our spotlight on board member, Bindu Rastogi. In addition to being on the Board for Friends of the Waterfront, Bindu is a Senior Trust Officer with Fifth Third Private Bank. We appreciate everything Bindu does for Friends of the Waterfront and the community! Get to know a little bit more about her below.
Where are you from? How did you end up in Louisville?
I am originally from Bombay, India. I immigrated to the USA after getting married and lived in Cincinnati and Toledo for a couple of years before moving to Louisville in 1996 and calling it home.
Tell us about your career and how you got there.
Upon moving to the USA, I started working in a branch at a bank in Ohio. When I came to Louisville, I found an opportunity to work in Bank One’s trust division. Since I like helping people solve problems, this seemed like a natural progression where I have the opportunity to work with clients on their wealth and estate planning strategies while holistically looking at their goals and family dynamics.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve been involved with during your career so far?
It is that sense of relief that a client feels where they know that if something were to happen to them, they have a trusted adviser in me who can help their family navigate the intricacies of the estate plan.
What got you involved with Friends of the Waterfront?
The past President of the board Pam McCullum, suggested that I join the FOTW as I was looking for opportunities where I could give back more to the community.
What is your role with FOTW?
I am currently a Board Member.
What other causes are you passionate about?
Children and family are very dear to me, so I am constantly looking for any opportunity that allows me to participate in the education of children, be it reading to them or simply mentoring them and expanding their horizons so that they are able to go beyond socio-economic constraints.
What do you do around town for fun?
Louisville is such a foodie city, I enjoy visiting new restaurants to dine. I also enjoy walking my dogs in one of the many parks our beautiful city has.
What are your favorite events in Louisville?
Derby, music festivals, the local art scene.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Listen to others but do what feels right to you.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still in Louisville and more involved in the community.