Lourdes Alumni – Aaron Iffland, Ali Bailey
Former Lourdes board member Michael R. Miller is chair and CEO of Waterford Bank. In that role, he currently employs two Lourdes alumni in the Sylvania office. Both are graduates of the University’s College of Business and Leadership and they started their banking careers as interns in fulfillment of their degree.
Alyssa “Ali” Bailey, ’20, BS
Mortgage Loan Officer, NMLS# 2169592
Ali is quickly making a name for herself in banking and credits Lourdes and her professional mentors for her success. She began as an intern for Directions Credit Union. “I was extremely interested in learning more and luckily Waterford Bank had an opening in the residential mortgage department.” After securing a job as a mortgage loan officer just three months after graduation, Ali worked on mortgage certification and licensing which led to working different operational roles within the department. Her experience in assisting in sales and working in processing operations laid the ground work for her promotion to mortgage loan processor.
Very goal-oriented, Ali focuses on “building my personal and professional brand and my client base. I work in a world where it is all about what and who you know. Marketing yourself and what you and your company can do in this industry is key.”
Ali chose Lourdes for its culture. “I loved the idea that you know pretty much everyone on the campus by name. Just walking the grounds, you can feel the family-like vibe.” As a proud alumna, she continues to maintain friendships and relationships she built with her Lourdes peers, advisors and professors.
Aaron Iffland, ’18, BS
Treasury Management, Training & Implementation Specialist
Aaron began his banking career at Signature Bank N.A. before transitioning to Waterford. In under two years, he has steadily moved up from private banking to his current position within the Treasury Department.
“From the beginning of my banking career, I’ve been blessed to find such value in the culture of service. Banking has provided the perfect opportunity to engage others and advance my professional goals. I am eager to keep advancing at Waterford with a personal mission to serve with integrity, grow with purpose, and lead with passion.
Professionally, Aaron is grateful to Lourdes and his business professors. “My time at Lourdes gave me opportunities to learn key business insights for my career. I met with local business leaders that formed relationships I continue to maintain, and I had real-world knowledge taught by my professors’ personal experiences. Even now, professors continue to make introductions and provide opportunities.”