Sherin Koshy

Sherin Koshy
Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Mumbai University, India
What I’m Reading: The Sly Company of People Who Care, by Rahul Bhattacharya
My Philosophy: Life is a collection of memories of the people you love and things you do. Do something memorable each day so you can recall your life as well spent.
Interests: Gardening, painting and travel
Company Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Primary Business: Financial Services
Annual Revenues: $14.3 billion

How has your heritage been beneficial or helpful in your career/and or business relationships?
I grew up surrounded by people of different cultural origins who spoke various languages and celebrated vastly different religious holidays, and they were the best of neighbors and friends. My cultural heritage has taught me to learn from the diversity surrounding me and to celebrate it. It gives me a valued perspective on doing business with people from different backgrounds and helps me build strong relationships with clients and business partners.

“My cultural heritage has taught me to learn from the diversity surrounding me and to celebrate it.”

What are the major values of your heritage? How have they helped you in your career?
A dedicated work ethic is probably the most notable value I’ve derived from my heritage. This comes from the understanding that a commitment brings with it the expectation of accountability—something I was taught at a very early age. For me, this has translated into taking ownership of and pride in what I do and understanding that I have an expectation to fulfill my commitments. As a result, I have been successful in developing and retaining long-term clients.

What do you think is the greatest issue or dilemma facing the Asian/Pacific-American community today?
I find that we are still considered foreign. The ‘Where are you originally from?’ question leaves a lot to be said. I think there is a general lack of understanding that there are second, third and fourth generation Americans of Asian descent in America who ‘originally’ come from Texas or California or New York.