By W.B. King
In what is a recurring feature, Finopotamus spotlights innovative women who are positively impacting technology applications in the credit union industry, and beyond.
For this issue, we spent time with nCino’s Chief Product Officer Trisha Price. The Wilmington, N.C.-based company offers a single end-to-end digital banking platform that is flexible, scalable and designed to help reduce costs by improving employee efficiency and productivity across onboarding, loans and deposits, while enhancing the customer experience and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Graduating from North Carolina State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Trisha Price entered the workforce during a period she referred to as the “tech bubble boom.” She accepted a position as an information systems professional with Milliken & Company where she would spend three years before moving on to John Hancock Financial Services working as technology lead.
During the early years of her career, Price honed her skills on financial modeling projects and solving related economic problems with the technologies of the time. From these experiences, she “fell in love with the financial services industry.” But when she looked to her left and right, she didn’t see too many other women in similar roles.
“I’ve been in technology and financial services for almost three decades, so it probably won’t surprise anyone when I say I’ve always been the minority in the room,” Price reflected. “That can have a negative or positive impact on a person, but for me it’s fueled my drive for success and pushed me to bring more diverse voices to the table, which includes women.”
While working at John Hancock Financial Services, Price also earned a Master of Science in software engineering from Harvard University. From there she worked as a fixed income development manager for Eagle Investment Systems before moving into the role of director of securities accounting at Fannie Mae. And before landing at nCino in 2016 as executive vice president of product development and engineering, she was head of global sales for Primatics Financial.
When reflecting on her career in relation to how women are viewed in the tech space, Price said it’s been an evolutionary process.
“While there’s been some great progress in the industry, there is still a lot of work to be done. I feel blessed for the chance nCino has given me to mentor and create opportunities for those who have been underrepresented,” said Price, who assumed her current role as chief product officer in 2019.
For many executives, there often is an inspirational person who championed them on their professional journey. In Price’s case, a family member gave her the confidence and courage to face known and unknown challenges.
“My uncle was always the person who encouraged me and was my mentor,” she said. “He was an executive at a Fortune 500 company and a board member and helped me understand the hard work and sacrifice it takes to become an executive, but also how rewarding it is.”
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