Michael Billeci is the executive vice president and regional banking president with responsibility for Wells Fargo’s Bay Area region. The St. Mary’s College graduate was introduced to banking as a youngster, and would keep planning as part of his duties if he ever changes careers.
Who had the biggest influence on you in your life?
My parents were small-business owners and were tremendous role models to me. They taught me the importance of having a strong work ethic, the value of your customers’ loyalty and the significance of your employees.
Where do you find inspiration?
Seeing our team members advance in their careers and work together to exceed our customers’ expectations inspires me.
To whom do you turn in tough times?
My wife, Tery, helps bring perspectives to light I may not immediately see and helps me remember to celebrate the positives.
What one book or piece of writing has had a large impact on you?
“Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done” by Bossidy and Charan, because it centers on the importance on staying focused on your strategy and being resolute with consistent actions to make it happen.
How did you come to work in the banking industry?
One of my first jobs was working at a neighborhood hardware store in the East Bay where I was known for good service and was introduced to a local Wells Fargo Bank manager, so I thought I’d give banking a try. Three decades later, the rest is history.
What are your responsibilities?
San Francisco Bay Area regional president with 154 Wells Fargo banking stores in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, with team members focused on meeting our customers’ financial needs and helping them become more financially successful.
If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be doing?
My passion is to travel and my strength is to plan, so if I had to pick another career, I would be a travel planner.