Regional President, PNC Bank’s Georgia Region
U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1982
A standout running back who quickly set rushing records at the U.S. Naval Academy
Eddie Meyers was named Downtown Athletic Club College Football Player of the Year in 1981.
He ran for 298 yards and scored four touchdowns against Syracuse and had 278 yards against Army.
He finished his Naval Academy career with 2,935 yards.
Eddie Meyers struggled to balance military duty and pro football, while preparing himself for a successful career in financial services. Today he’s a regional president for PNC Bank.
Leadership Lessons for Life
Eddie Meyers excelled in multiple sports at the Naval Academy and earned an MBA before he played pro football (Photos courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy)
On any given day, the former All-American football, wrestler and track runner wakes up at 5 a.m. to hit the treadmill and catch up on the latest financial news. He can quickly rattle off the earnings statistics, leverage and debt multiples and other statistics related to major mergers and acquisitions, including the many deals he negotiated during his nearly 30-year finance career. Both the attention to numbers and the endurance learned in sports have served him well.
"One leadership skill that I gained from the Academy and from my athletic career is that everybody matters and anyone can make a difference to the overall success and performance of the team. Regardless of your experience level, whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned professional, anyone can step up and make a difference, just by asking the next question."
Since joining PNC in 1999, Meyers has practiced this skillset by tackling the most challenging opportunities outside of his comfort zone. First as a young banker establishing PNC’s Business Banking operations in Atlanta in the 1990s, and later as a senior executive involved in the corporation’s acquisition of National City Bank. Meyers continues to ask questions that help refocus the improbable into the possible.
Whether you’re in a military combat situation, in the middle of a game play or leading a business in a hostile environment, you have to make decisions thoughtfully yet quickly and sometimes without perfect information. It’s a lesson I learned early in my career that is reinforced every day at PNC by Bill Demchak [chairman, president and chief executive officer].